new majors,

FOR GOOD

Our world-class faculty offer programs that integrate a liberal arts mindset with real-world application—including our new majors in business and accounting and four exciting new concentrations in computer science.

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An education where passion meets possibility.

An Earlham education has never been so relevant and necessary as it is today. The problems of our time don’t come in neat packages. They’re complex and urgent, and they will only be solved through courageous, curious and innovative thinking.

That’s where Earlhamites come in.

Since our founding in 1847, Earlham has built a collaborative, global learning community. Through dialogue and action, this community inspires and motivates, demands and supports, and provides transformative opportunities and experiences. Earlham changes students, and those students change the world.

For good.

Why Earlham?

Our talented and dedicated faculty and staff are committed to the professional preparation and success of our students.

As mentors and advocates, our faculty and staff have an unwavering commitment to Earlham students. They’ll work alongside you as you discover your true potential and forge your own distinct path. Because we want you to have not just a successful future—but the right future for you.

Our students are active partners in learning.

Learning at Earlham is collaborative. It happens in class lessons and discussions, through research projects on and off campus—even in the campus coffee shop. You and your professors will engage in a learning partnership that is constant, expected and supportive.

Over decades, our community has developed intentional global influences and connections.

An Earlham education brings the world to Earlham and Earlham to the world. Our students come from over 30 countries and 40 different U.S. states, and over 60% of our students spend a semester or more studying away on one of our nationally recognized off-campus study programs.

The power of our purpose is rooted in our Quaker values—what we call our Principles and Practices.

No, you don’t need to be a Quaker to be an Earlhamite. In fact, many of us aren’t. Earlhamites come from all faiths and no faith, from various political and socio-economic backgrounds, and many different sexual, gender, racial and ethnic identities. So what is it that unites us? Our shared desire to live by some core values:

  • Respect for persons
  • Integrity
  • Peace and justice
  • Simplicity
  • Community

The diversity of Earlham’s students, faculty and staff—coupled with our Quaker heritage of community—creates dynamic, rich, lifelong relationships.

There’s a Quaker belief that each one of us is a teacher, capable of bringing our own unique knowledge and understanding to the table. At Earlham, we hold that to be a powerful truth. From the college president to your professors, to students and staff, we’re each expected to contribute our voice and understanding to this shared enterprise. It’s one of the reasons we’re all on a first-name basis—no titles here.

Our academics are rigorous, but it’s not for the sake of “separating the weak from the strong” like other elite colleges.

Our academics are rigorous because we care about the members of our community, and we want each person to reach their individual potential in order to live their fullest life. Rigor at Earlham means challenging conventional views, encouraging critical thinking and raising the bar so students do more than they previously expected of themselves—all with the mentorship and support of our community.

Why Earlham?
  • Talented faculty 01
  • Active students 02
  • Global connections 03
  • Quaker values 04
  • Distinctive community 05
  • Rigorous academics 06

Our talented and dedicated faculty and staff are committed to the professional preparation and success of our students.

As mentors and advocates, our faculty and staff have an unwavering commitment to Earlham students. They’ll work alongside you as you discover your true potential and forge your own distinct path. Because we want you to have not just a successful future—but the right future for you.

Our students are active partners in learning.

Learning at Earlham is collaborative. It happens in class lessons and discussions, through research projects on and off campus—even in the campus coffee shop. You and your professors will engage in a learning partnership that is constant, expected and supportive.

Over decades, our community has developed intentional global influences and connections.

An Earlham education brings the world to Earlham and Earlham to the world. Our students come from over 30 countries and 40 different U.S. states, and over 60% of our students spend a semester or more studying away on one of our nationally recognized off-campus study programs.

The power of our purpose is rooted in our Quaker values—what we call our Principles and Practices.

No, you don’t need to be a Quaker to be an Earlhamite. In fact, many of us aren’t. Earlhamites come from all faiths and no faith, from various political and socio-economic backgrounds, and many different sexual, gender, racial and ethnic identities. So what is it that unites us? Our shared desire to live by some core values:

  • Respect for persons
  • Integrity
  • Peace and justice
  • Simplicity
  • Community

The diversity of Earlham’s students, faculty and staff—coupled with our Quaker heritage of community—creates dynamic, rich, lifelong relationships.

There’s a Quaker belief that each one of us is a teacher, capable of bringing our own unique knowledge and understanding to the table. At Earlham, we hold that to be a powerful truth. From the college president to your professors, to students and staff, we’re each expected to contribute our voice and understanding to this shared enterprise. It’s one of the reasons we’re all on a first-name basis—no titles here.

Our academics are rigorous, but it’s not for the sake of “separating the weak from the strong” like other elite colleges.

Our academics are rigorous because we care about the members of our community, and we want each person to reach their individual potential in order to live their fullest life. Rigor at Earlham means challenging conventional views, encouraging critical thinking and raising the bar so students do more than they previously expected of themselves—all with the mentorship and support of our community.

Your EPIC Journey starts here.

An Earlham education is all about connections—between passion and possibility, interests and outcomes, and most of all, between people.

Even before you set foot on campus, you begin an intentional journey that will take you through the next four years and beyond. You choose the path—and the destination—but we provide a roadmap and guidance along the way.

Your EPIC Journey starts with a foundation in the liberal arts—with all the mind-stretching, human-centered understanding that comes with it. You’ll have access to funded internships, research with faculty, off-campus study and leadership opportunities. You’ll receive personal advising and mentoring from a caring community of faculty, staff and alumni. And most of all, you’ll learn how to articulate how all of these experiences have prepared you to thrive professionally and personally.

This is your EPIC Journey—and it will take you further than you could have imagined.

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a history

of good

Earlham has always been a community committed to doing good and pursuing truth. Founded in 1847 by Quakers who moved north in an effort to avoid participating in a slave society, Earlhamites have never shied away from doing what’s right.

We’re a community that embraces people of all faiths and no faith. Today, only a small percentage of our students and faculty identify as Quaker—but our Quaker heritage lives on through the Principles and Practices that guide our ways of interacting as a community and an institution. These values—respect for persons, integrity, peace and justice, simplicity, and community—serve as the foundation for how we live and learn together. Our commitment to one another and to the world endures—for good.

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