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The Honors Program connects traditionally high-performing students with experiences best suited to their inclinations and abilities, so that they can fully realize their human potential and become who the world needs them to be.

This process begins with the end in mind. Whether an Honors student intends to become a doctor, researcher, teacher, entrepreneur or politician, the Honors Program can connect them with an opportunity – such as the Rhodes, Fulbright, or Watson fellowships, or undergraduate prizes like the Hult, or competitive or prestigious internships or civic awards – which will help them achieve that end.

For that reason, our Honors Program overtly prepares its students to demonstrate their success according to four criteria that broadly reflect the priorities of these awards and fellowships. These are:

  • Motivation — using their talents to the full,
  • Leadership — demonstrating their abilities as leaders and collaborators,
  • Excellence — achieving academic and technical excellence, and
  • Humanity — improving the conditions of their fellow human beings. 

Our program helps students discover and develop their talents using two unique Honors experiences:

The Honors Seminars are designed to help students discover, and learn about, complex social problems that speak to their interests and values, and to develop the technical and interpersonal skills they will need in order to address these problems.

The Honors Pathway is an enhanced system of advising that connects students with opportunities in Earlham’s curriculum and co-curriculum, along with internships, fellowships, projects and alumni networks, as part of a coordinated plan for students' learning.

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.