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Collegiate profile

Earlham is a national liberal arts college with a reputation for excellent teaching and preparing students to make a profound positive difference in the world.

Earlham consistently ranks among U.S. News and World Report’s top national liberal arts institutions, and we have one of the country’s best classroom experiences, according to The Princeton Review. The quality of our academic experiences goes beyond rankings, however. Many prestigious organizations — including the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Watson Foundation, and the Lilly Foundation — invest in our students, our academic programs, and our facilities.

No statistic or numerical rank can reflect the personal commitment or transformation that Earlham students experience, or the lifelong impact our graduates continue to make as alumni. We invite you to explore the various ways our academic quality is recognized.

Quick facts

Since 1847, Earlham College has fostered a collaborative learning community that inspires and motivates students with transformative opportunities and experiences—so they can become catalysts for good in a changing world.

A snapshot of Earlham

 653 undergraduates
54% women
46% men
24% domestic minority
20% international
42 states represented
49 countries represented

1240/28 median SAT/ACT scores
30%  in top 10% of high school graduating class
67%  in top 25% of high school graduating class
51.8% acceptance rate
95% of students received financial aid from Earlham

111 full-time faculty
11 part-time faculty
9:1 student-faculty ratio
57% women
95% of faculty have terminal degrees in their fields
12 average class size
79% of classes have fewer than 20 students

$426 million endowment
$655,000 endowment per student
$44 million annual budget
$62,505 tuition, room, board and fees (The average cost of attendance after financial aid is $24,500)

Living and learning for good.

How do we measure success? In the ways our students and alumni are shaping the world. As Earlhamites, we are committed to caring for the world we inhabit, improving our society, promoting global education and understanding, seeking peaceful and just transformation of conflicts, affirming the equality of all persons and maintaining high ethical standards of personal conduct.

  • Earlham is among the 40 select Colleges That Change Lives.
  • The Epic Advantage ensures that every student has the opportunity to pursue a funded, career-discerning internship or research experience before graduation.
  • Earlhamites have won 37 Fulbright awards, 43 Watson Fellowships and four Rhodes Scholarships—some of the most prestigious awards available for international study and travel.
  • Three Earlhamites have won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship during the last two years. The Goldwater is one of the nation’s top undergraduate awards given in the natural sciences, engineering or mathematics.
  • Earlham is recognized as one of the nation’s 20 best classroom experiences according to The Princeton Review.
  • U.S. News and World Report places Earlham on its “Best Value” list, and the Fiske Guide to Colleges also lists Earlham as one of the “Best Buys” in higher education.
  • Prior to the pandemic, Earlham ranked third in the nation for percentage of study abroad participation, according to the Institute on International Education’s Open Doors report.
  • Earlham sponsors 18 NCAA Division III sports teams, with most competing in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Non-varsity sports also include a hunt seat equestrian team, an Ultimate Frisbee club team, esports and numerous other recreational sports.
  • Earlham’s day-to-day operations contribute more than $91 million in economic impact across Indiana, according to a report by the Independent Colleges of Indiana.
  • With nearly 400 employees, Earlham is one of the top 10 employers In Wayne County.

Academic leadership

Earlham College’s presidential leadership is strong, its financial profile is healthy, the faculty is excellent, and student recruitment is effective. The academic profile is strong and poised for continued refinement and growth.

Earlham is committed to a vision that promotes the centrality of teaching and learning. It intends to create an environment where innovative approaches to teaching and learning are developed and implemented.

Governance at Earlham grows out of the Quaker consensus decision-making process and requires consultation, reflection and full participation. At the same time, there are occasions when leaders must make decisions. Therefore they stand in a position that requires a keen sense of when decisions should be made by designated groups, when they must be made by responsible individuals and when a decision must await further process. In all cases a concern for process and whether sufficient consultation has occurred is integral to campus governance.

Academic leadership within the Earlham environment includes a tradition of outstanding liberal arts education, broad and creative interdisciplinary program offerings, strong student participation in international and domestic off-campus programs and a growing and robust faculty/student collaborative research agenda.

Earlham is committed to a diverse community that reflects the 21st century world and includes students, faculty, curriculum and co-curricular life.

Earlham College continues to build a community that reflects the gender and racial diversity of the society at large, and, therefore, we are particularly interested in inviting and encouraging applications from African Americans, other ethnic minorities, and women. Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Given the changing role technology plays in support of academic programs, instruction, faculty and student research, and related areas, Earlham supports the constant evolution of technology and information systems. A system for on-going review of existing policies and practices greatly assists in the mission appropriate uses of technology.

Living and working together in an atmosphere of respect and common purpose, faculty, students and staff form a caring residential community. Faculty and students describe a culture of hard work, shared purpose and individual freedom that encourages each individual to reach his or her full potential.