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.
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
|24% domestic minority|
|42 states represented|
|49 countries represented|
|1280/26 median SAT/ACT scores|
|25% in top 10% of high school graduating class|
|53% in top 25% of high school graduating class|
|69% acceptance rate|
|100% of students received financial aid from Earlham|
|106 full-time faculty|
|11 part-time faculty|
|6:1 student-faculty ratio|
|92% of faculty have terminal degrees in their fields|
|12 average class size|
|85% of classes have fewer than 20 students|
|$431 million endowment|
|$655,000 endowment per student|
|$45 million annual budget|
|$62,505 tuition, room, board and fees (The average cost of attendance after financial aid is $24,500)|
Data (above) accurate as of May 2023.
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.