A Life-Changing College

Opportunities for student-faculty collaborative research is one of the key life-changing elements of an Earlham education.

Earlham College is one of only 40 colleges featured in the influential guidebook, Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges.

“If every college and university sharpened young minds and consciences as effectively as Earlham does, this country would approach utopia.” That’s how the late Loren Pope opened his essay on Earlham in the landmark guide.

This fourth edition of the book, extensively revised by Hilary Masell Oswald, builds on Pope’s original while incorporating new campus tours and interviews conducted by Masell Oswald.

Organized by geographic region, each profile includes details to make the college decision easier, including admissions standards, the college’s curriculum, extracurricular activities and educational philosophies. Masell Oswald has also included a new chapter addressing the issue of finding colleges that best meet the needs of students with learning disabilities.

“We’re particularly pleased to again be singled out for something that our alumni already know: Earlham is truly a college that changes lives,” says Jonathan Stroud, vice president for enrollment and communication. “I believe that Loren Pope got it right in his original piece about Earlham when he said, ‘There simply is no better place.’”

Earlham also has been an active participant in the Colleges That Change Lives non-profit organization (CTCL), which is dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. Since 1998, when the 40 colleges originally singled out by Pope began working together, CTCL has provided no cost information sessions nationwide and coordinating outreach efforts with high school counselors and college counseling agencies. Nancy Sinex, Earlham’s director of admissions, sits on the CTCL board.

Selling more than 150,000 copies in 24 printings since it was first released in 1996, Colleges That Change Lives remains, according to publisher Penguin Books, “an essential guidebook for discerning students.”

Visit the Colleges That Change Lives organization and learn more about CTCL information sessions near you.
Purchase the fourth edition of Colleges That Change Lives in your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.

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