Earlham ranks is in the top 20 percent of the nation’s 650 colleges and universities and in the Top 25 of all institutions in the midwest, according to Forbes’ 10th annual America's Top Colleges rankings. The College also earned an A for financial health, which considers factors like the amount of endowment spending per student.
According to Forbes, these rankings measure return on investment. Consequently, schools with impressive “outputs” rank well. “Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college?”
Colleges are scored on measures of post-graduate success, student satisfaction, graduation rates, student debt levels and national recognition. The rankings are calculated for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity and are highlighted in the August issue of Forbes magazine and online at www.forbes.com/top-colleges.
Earlham’s strong graduate outcomes are made possible by the College’s distinctive approach to the liberal arts, which makes purposeful connections between classroom learning and experiential opportunities like off-campus study, social entrepreneurship, and service. A major new initiative called EPIC is doing even more to enhance this approach by linking what students love with what they want to do with their life, including one guaranteed funded research or internship experience for all students before graduation.
Earlham has produced Nobel laureates, Rhodes Scholars, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Golden Globe Award. Last fall, four Earlhamites became winners of the Hult Prize, a $1 million start-up accelerator billed as the world’s largest student competition for social good.