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Graduate School & Ph.D. Prowess

Earlham alumni are well-prepared for post-baccalaureate education. They seek out that education on a large scale, with one in every 11 Earlhamites completing doctoral studies.

Earlham is pleased that nearly nine percent of our graduates are pursuing and completing Ph.D. programs. This demonstrates the strength of our academic curriculum and educational processes, and is proof that we are delivering an “education of the highest quality,” as our Mission Statement declares.

ClappingstudentsEarlham faculty collaborate and mentor their students, working alongside them in empirical research in the natural and social sciences and in creative endeavors in the humanities and fine arts. The quality of our faculty’s teaching as well as their disciplinary expertise and advisory influence is evident in the high numbers of Earlham graduates who complete graduate degrees.

In terms of overall doctoral productivity, Earlham ranks in the top three institutions among the members of the Great Lakes Colleges Association.

Within the overall group of 1,592 institutions, Earlham ranks 12th in the Life Sciences, 46th in Social Sciences, 51st in Business, and 58th in Humanities in the percentage of graduates who go on to receive Ph.D.s.

In addition:

  • Between 2005 and 2014, nearly nine percent of Earlham College graduates went on to earn Ph.D.s. (Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium)
  • 20% of Earlham students who graduated in 2017 are attending graduate or professional schools. (Survey of 2017 Earlham Graduates)
  • Earlham's history program is a "Select 25 Program" — institutions sending the largest number of students on to History Ph.D.s. (American Historical Association)

Recent Earlham
graduates have
continued their
studies at:

  • Columbia University
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Indiana University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Oxford
  • Washington University

and many others.

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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).

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