Earlham College

Academics

Earlham’s singular academic experience is designed to engage your mind and expand your worldview.

Challenge for your head, purpose for your heart.

At Earlham, the classroom isn’t just a place for you to passively absorb information—it’s a laboratory for finding creative solutions to the world’s problems. You’ll work side by side with faculty to tackle big questions, explore new ideas and discover the power and joy of academic pursuits. Our students and faculty are all on a first-name basis because we’re all in this together: teaching and learning in community. Which is why it’s no wonder Earlham consistently ranks in the top 20 colleges for “Best Classroom Experience” according to The Princeton Review.

Find your program

With more than 40 majors and minors to choose from, as well as applied minors that combine academic interests with hands-on practical experiences, your Earlham adventure starts here.

Our learning community

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.

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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 classroom lessons and discussions, through research projects on and off campus—even in the campus coffee shop. You and faculty members will engage in a learning partnership that is constant, expected and supportive.

Learn more ⟶

Our students are active partners in learning.

Learning at Earlham is collaborative. It happens in classroom lessons and discussions, through research projects on and off campus—even in the campus coffee shop. You and faculty members 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 more than 60 percent of our students spend a semester or more studying away on one of our nationally-recognized off-campus study programs. Because we believe it’s not just what’s on the syllabus—it’s who’s in the classroom.

Learn more ⟶

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 more than 60 percent of our students spend a semester or more studying away on one of our nationally-recognized off-campus study programs. Because we believe it’s not just what’s on the syllabus—it’s who’s in the classroom.

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

Learn more ⟶

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.

Learn more ⟶

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 some 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.

Learn more ⟶

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

Our learning community
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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.

Learn more ⟶

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 classroom lessons and discussions, through research projects on and off campus—even in the campus coffee shop. You and faculty members will engage in a learning partnership that is constant, expected and supportive.

Learn more ⟶

Our students are active partners in learning.

Learning at Earlham is collaborative. It happens in classroom lessons and discussions, through research projects on and off campus—even in the campus coffee shop. You and faculty members 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 more than 60 percent of our students spend a semester or more studying away on one of our nationally-recognized off-campus study programs. Because we believe it’s not just what’s on the syllabus—it’s who’s in the classroom.

Learn more ⟶

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 more than 60 percent of our students spend a semester or more studying away on one of our nationally-recognized off-campus study programs. Because we believe it’s not just what’s on the syllabus—it’s who’s in the classroom.

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

Learn more ⟶

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.

Learn more ⟶

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 some 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.

Learn more ⟶

Our academics are rigorous, but it’s not for the sake of “separating the weak from the strong” like some 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 professors are partners in learning

Our faculty are recognized scholars in their fields, but they’re equally dedicated to your success. At Earlham, learning is a true adventure that unfolds in the classroom, lab, studio or field—on campus and around the globe.

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Your EPIC Journey

EPIC, the Earlham Program for an Integrated Curriculum, is a four-year journey through the liberal arts that integrates excellent classroom experiences with transformative learning experiences, including research, study abroad, internships and leadership development.

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