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Distinctively Earlham
Earlham ranks 17th among 227 bachelor's degree colleges for the percentage of graduates who go on to earn research doctorates. We rank 27th among 1,569 institutions nationwide.

Graduate School

Earlham has for generations been one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the U.S. for percentage of graduates who go on to earn research doctorates, including the Ph.D. Through rigorous academics and careful advising, our students are strong candidates for top graduate programs.

The rankings are compiled by the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium.

Earlham's rank of research doctorates awarded to alumni by all disciplines

  • Earlham ranks 36th among 1,592 institutions in the percentages of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s.
  • Earlham ranks 20th among 233 Baccalaureate Colleges of Arts and Sciences (private and public) in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s.
  • Earlham graduates earned 26 Ph.D.s in both 2012 and 2013 alone. The next highest year was in 2010 with 23 Ph.D.s earned.

Earlham's rank of research doctorates awarded to alumni by discipline

Natural Sciences

  • Life Sciences — 12th out of 1,384 institutions
  • Geosciences — 136th out of 935 institutions
  • Physical Sciences — 108th out of 1,100 institutions
  • Mathematics and Computer Science — 144th out of 1,049 institutions

Social Sciences

  • Social Science — 46th out of 1,265 institutions
  • Psychology — 52nd out of 1297 institutions

Humanities

  • Religion — 47th out of 838 institutions
  • Business — 51 out of 1,042 institutions
  • Humanities— 58th out of 1,306 institutions
  • Art — 176th out of 841 institutions

Source: Higher Education Data Sharing consortium report, Winter 2017.

Medical School Facts

  • 89% — Medical school acceptance rate among Earlhamites who have sought the assistance from the College’s pre-health advising program in the last 10 years.
  • 45.6% — National percentage of applicants accepted to medical school in 2008.
  • 37.3% — Acceptance rate of all U.S medical school applicants 2012 with average G.P.A. (3.54/4.0) and M.C.A.T. scores (28.3).
  • 50% — Percentage of Earlham medical school applicants who participated in a semester long off-campus programs.
  • 40% — Percentage of Earlham medical school applicants participated in a varsity sport.

Where they are going

Members of the Class of 2013 who were headed directly to graduate school were pursuing the following degrees.

  • 30% — Master of Arts or Sciences
  • 30% — Other master’s
  • 10% — Law degree
  • 25% — Ph.D.
  • 5% — Other degree or certificate
90% of our graduates report attending one of their top three graduate school choices
Fellowship Success—
11 Watsons in 10 years
25 Fulbrights in 10 years
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