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U.S. News and World Report names EC one of nation’s most innovative

September 09, 2019

Earlham College has earned new recognition from U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s “Most Innovative Schools.”

In the 2020 edition of U.S. News’ “Best Colleges” guidebook, Earlham is featured as one of 55 institutions taking a pioneering approach in the areas of academics, campus life, technology or facilities. Earlham stands alongside other leading liberal arts colleges including Bates, Carleton, Oberlin and Amherst, in warranting the recognition.

Earlham also maintains its reputation as a national leader among all liberal arts colleges for academic quality, diversity, and affordability in the popular resource for college-bound students and their families. Earlham ranks 25th on U.S. News’ lists for “Best Undergraduate Teaching,” 34th for “Best Value,” and 7th for the percentage of international students on campus.

“We’re thrilled that U.S. News recognizes our innovative spirit and commitment to providing access to the very best that a liberal arts education can offer,” Earlham President Anne Houtman says. “We offer funding for every student to pursue their passion and embark on a journey full of unexpected discoveries and learning experiences that transform the way they think about the world around them – and how they can connect with it.”

Earlham delivers on an extraordinary, career-discerning liberal arts education through the Earlham Program for an Integrative Curriculum, or EPIC. This four-year journey combines the academic major with out-of-the-classroom learning experiences, including research, study abroad, internships, and leadership development, to prepare students exceptionally well for life beyond Earlham.

The EPIC Advantage, an offer of up to $5,000 for every student to embark on these types of experiences, is a signature feature of that journey and provides a level of support that few institutions in the country can match. In fact, The EPIC Advantage was recognized earlier this summer by Insider as one of 13 “out-of-the-ordinary” academic programs for students across the nation.

EPIC funded more than 300 student experiences this past summer. A sampling of those experiences included internships with the United Nations and Ernst & Young, an opportunity to perform a new play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, and research in Tanzania to study animal behavior and conservation.

Closer to home, an interdisciplinary group of students and faculty studied the ways that language and culture relate to immigrants’ access to health care. Students gained practice conducting health inventory interviews in Spanish, learned about public policies and medical ethics, and then visited health facilities serving Latinx communities in Indianapolis.

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Overall, Earlham ranked 80th among national liberal arts colleges, up from 81st a year ago.

To compile the rankings, U.S. News compared hundreds of bachelor’s degree-granting institutions from across the United States on 15 diverse measures of academic quality. These rankings heavily favor schools that are successful at retaining and graduating students while providing them with access to quality, full-time instructors. U.S. News also considers expert opinions, alumni giving, the selectivity of admissions, and the average spending per student on instruction, research and other student services.

To see the full rankings, visit usnews.com/colleges.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. We rank 7th nationally by Princeton Review for Best Classroom Experience.

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.

 

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