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Earlham comprises Earlham College and the Earlham School of Religion, located in Richmond, Indiana, a city of about 39,000. Founded in 1847 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Earlham College is an independent, four-year, coeducational, residential institution of higher learning.

Approximately 1,200 undergraduate students attend Earlham College on its 800-acre tree-shaded campus. Earlham College offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in 40 disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, as well as permitting self-designed studies and a cooperative program in engineering.

HeartMaster of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education degrees also are offered at Earlham College.

The Earlham School of Religion, established in 1960 and administered by its own Dean, offers the Master of Arts degree in religion and the Master of Ministry degree. A total of 141 students are enrolled in these graduate programs.

Among the nation's academically strongest liberal arts colleges, Earlham is organized around four academic divisions (Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences). Additionally, seven interdisciplinary majors and 12 interdisciplinary minors are offered.

Earlham's international and domestic off-campus programs are popular enhancements for the College's curriculum, attracting participation from 70% of the student body. In addition students may engage in summer research programs. Earlham students enjoy an advantageous 12:1 student to faculty ratio with 93 full-time faculty in 2010-11. The student body, 55% of which are female, and 45% male, represent 42 states and 81 countries. Ninety-six percent of full-time faculty members hold the terminal degree in their field. Earlham's varsity athletes compete in the NCAA Division III and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Earlham College. Earlham's Graduate Programs in Education are accredited by the Indiana Professional Standards Board, and the Earlham School of Religion is accredited through the Association of Theological Schools.


Lbc -2The mission of Earlham College is to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Earlham emphasizes: pursuit of truth, wherever that pursuit leads; lack of coercion, letting the evidence lead that search; respect for the consciences of others; openness to new truth and therefore the willingness to search; veracity, rigorous integrity in dealing with the facts; application of what is known to improving our world.

To provide education of the highest quality with these emphases, Earlham's mission requires selection of an outstanding and caring faculty committed to creating an open, cooperative, learning environment. The College provides for the continuous support and development of this faculty.

The teaching-learning process at Earlham is shaped by a view of education as a process of awakening the "teacher within," so that Earlham students will become lifelong learners. Students at Earlham are encouraged to be active, involved learners. The College provides extensive opportunities for students and faculty to interact with each other as persons, to learn from each other in a cooperative community, an important aspect of which is collaborative student/faculty research.

At Earlham College this education is carried on with a concern for the world in which we live and for improving human society. The College strives to educate morally sensitive leaders for future generations. Therefore Earlham stresses global education, peaceful resolution of conflict, equality of persons, and high moral standards of personal conduct.


Earlham's historical beginning is rooted in the Great Migration of Quakers from the eastern United States in the first half of the nineteenth century. Originally a co-educational "select" school, open only to Friends, by 1865 the school accepted non-Quaker students, and hired its first non-Quaker professor in 1886. Today, about 11% of Earlham's faculty and 12% of its students identify as Quakers.

Earlham transformed itself after World War II, with the expansion of facilities and buildings, and the growth of finances, as well as the advent of a new generation of faculty, many of whom were veterans of Civilian Public Service. In the decades since 1945, Earlham has emerged as a selective liberal arts college, with a student body that is both national and international. In 1960, to meet a growing demand for leadership in the Society of Friends, the Earlham School of Religion opened as the only accredited Quaker theological seminary in the world. Another evidence of Earlham's growing national reputation was the granting of a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in 1964, an endorsement that Earlham faculty considered "a symbol of intellectual excellence."

Earlham Today

In 2011 the College completed the Purpose and Passion: The Campaign for Earlham. This fundraising effort resulted in $68 million raised to provide funds for arts and sciences facilities, faculty development, student financial aid and the Earlham Fund.

Earlham organizes its libraries, computing services and media services in four units under the umbrella "Information Services," headed by the Coordinator of Information Services who also serves as library director. Earlham has two library facilities, Lilly Library and Wildman Science Library, holding over 400,000 volumes. The Earlham Libraries have long been considered one of the nation's finest teaching libraries. In 2001, the Association of College and Research Libraries presented Earlham with its "ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award," recognizing Earlham's long standing course integrated instructional program which teaches research skills and use of information resources within the context of course assignments. This model includes use of technology; librarians and instructional technologists are actively engaged in exploring how to carry on the program.

The other units of Information Services are Computing Services and Instructional Technology and Media Services. Information Services recently has developed a campus portal and along with it the Self-Service modules for communications and accessing the Banner campus information system and is implementing a content management system. Earlham uses the Moodle course management system.

Between 1998 and 2010, Earlham expanded, renovated, and constructed seven major campus buildings — including academic, residence hall and athletic facilities — representing an investment of over $40 million. Earlham has a Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff who are committed to the mission of the College and bring to their duties a wealth of talent and experience.

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.

Vision: 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.

Quaker Structure: 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.

Leadership: 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.

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

Technology: 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.

Collegial Relationships: Living and working together in an atmosphere of respect and common purpose, faculty, students and staff form a caring residential community.

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.

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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.