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Application Instructions for First-Year Students

At Earlham College, we believe that students have the right to weigh all of their college options and decide on enrolling when they have all the information they need to make an informed choice. This information includes an acceptance decision and a financial aid package, including any merit scholarships awarded. We encourage students to fully explore all the features and benefits of our academic, co-curricular, student life, career and graduate school advising and housing options.

Use these instructions if you are applying as a first-year student and are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

In assessing applications, the Admission Office conducts a holistic review of the items listed in the requirements chart. If you have had a personal interview with one of our admission counselors, a report of that interview also is considered.

Contact us at admissions@earlham.edu if you have questions.

Requirements

Application Form Apply through the Common Application or the Earlham Application.
Application Essay This is a part of your basic application. Your essay should be an original piece of writing that demonstrates your thinking process and writing style.
Secondary School Report and Counselor Recommendation This will be completed by your guidance counselor.
High School Transcript Request an official copy be sent from your guidance office. Earlham expects applicants to have completed at least 15 academic high school units or the equivalent: four in English, three in mathematics, and two or more in a second language, in science, and in history or social studies. Experience in the area of studio or performing arts is very desirable.

All enrolled students are required to submit a final high school transcript that includes the date of high school completion or a GED.
Recommendation Letter This will be completed by the teacher of your choice.
Standardized Test Scores (Optional) Earlham has a test-optional policy, which means applicants are not required to submit any standardized test scores (International students and students graduating from home school programs or receiving GEDs are required to submit standardized test scores. (Read our policy) Earlham's SAT code is 1195 and our ACT code is 1186.

Deadlines

Early Action
Application materials due by: December 1
Find out if you are admitted no later than: 3 business days after all required materials are received, starting September 14
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit by: March 15
You can calculate an estimate of your cost by using the Net Price Calculator. If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting October 1. The Financial Aid Office will begin releasing aid packages in mid-November to admitted students who have submitted the required financial aid information. More Financial Aid Information>>
Students who apply through Early Action should submit their application and all required materials by December 1, 2020 and if accepted, may be considered for an invitation to our annual Scholarship Day, which is held in February of each year. Scholarship Day is an "invitation only" event where attendees come to campus from around the country and the world to engage with faculty and each other, and interview or audition for talent and interest-based scholarships in Art, Community Service & Engagement, Diversity Leadership, Music, and Theatre Arts. Depending upon the dynamics of COVID-19, we may hold some or all of these interviews and auditions virtually.

 

Regular Decision
Application materials due no later than: March 1
Find out if you are admitted no later than: 3 business days after all required materials are received, starting September 14
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit no later than: May 1
You can calculate an estimate of your cost by using the Net Price Calculator. If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting October 1. The Financial Aid Office will begin releasing aid packages in mid-November to admitted students who have submitted the required financial aid information.

More Financial Aid Information

Transfer Students

Earlham welcomes applications from students who have successfully completed courses while enrolled at another postsecondary institution, but have not yet earned a four-year degree. Most transfer candidates are admitted for Fall Semester, but transfer students may also begin their studies at Earlham in the Spring Semester. Transfer students must spend a minimum of four semesters at Earlham in order to receive an Earlham degree.

At Earlham College, we believe that students have the right to weigh all of their college options and decide on enrolling when they have all the information they need to make an informed choice. This information includes an acceptance decision and a financial aid package, including any merit scholarships awarded. We encourage students to fully explore all the features and benefits of our academic, co-curricular, student life, career and graduate school advising and housing options.

Contact Susan Hillmann de Castaneda (hillmsu@earlham.edu) if you have any questions.

Application Instructions for Transfer Students

Application Form Apply through the Common Application.
Application Essay/
Transfer Statement
An essay about your reasons for transferring is included with your basic application. In some cases, we may require an additional writing sample.
Transcripts Official college transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended.

If you are in your first year of college, we also need your high school transcript.
College Report The College Report collects information about your standing at your current institution. You may need to gather this information from more than one official at your institution, such as advisor, dean, or registrar.
Academic Evaluator Form To be completed by the faculty member of your choice.
Standardized Test Scores (Optional) Earlham has a "test-optional" policy which means applicants are not required to submit any standardized test scores. Should you choose to submit your scores, our SAT code is 1195 and our ACT code is 1186. We will also accept a printout/download/photo of your test score report for now, but will need an official copy before classes start in August.
Mid-Term Report (Optional) Available on the Common Application website. The Mid-Term Report indicates the college classes that are in progress and your current overall grade in each class, verified by your professors. This is not required to complete your application. However, a member of the Admission Committee may request this of you as your application is reviewed.
  • A transfer candidate should be in good standing at the college or university she or he is currently attending.
  • You can calculate an estimate of your cost by using the Net Price Calculator. If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting October 1. The Financial Aid Office will begin releasing aid packages in mid-November to admitted students who have submitted the required financial aid information.

    More Financial Aid Information

Deadlines

Fall Semester
Application materials due by: June 1
Find out if you are admitted no later than: 3 business days after all required materials are received, starting September 14
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit by: June 15

 

Spring Semester
Application materials due by: November 1
Find out if you are admitted no later than: 3 business days after all required materials are received, starting September 14
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit by: December 15

International Students

International students are admitted in both the Spring and Fall Semesters. In addition to a regular academic adviser, a special adviser works closely with international students on matters of immigration issues, cultural adaptation and practical concerns.

At Earlham College, we believe that students have the right to weigh all of their college options and decide on enrolling when they have all the information they need to make an informed choice. This information includes an acceptance decision and a financial aid package, including any merit scholarships awarded. We encourage students to fully explore all the features and benefits of our academic, co-curricular, student life, career and graduate school advising and housing options.

Application Instructions for International Students

Application Form Complete the Common Application or the Earlham Application, in English.
Official Secondary School Records and Exam Results Ask your school to forward these official documents to Earlham.
Recommendation To be completed by your school counselor/school official or the teacher of your choice.
Standardized Test Scores Standardized test score such as an SAT or ACT or an English Proficiency Exam such as a TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, GTEC, or ISE. You may send us a printout/download/photo of your test score report for now and send us an official copy before classes start in August.
Your school official may submit certified photocopies.
The SAT I and TOEFL code for Earlham is 1195.
International Financial Aid Application Download and complete the International Financial Aid Application (when available) and upload the document through your applicant status portal.

Deadlines

Early Action
Application materials due by: December 1
Find out if you are admitted no later than: January 15
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit by: March 15
You must submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (when available) or, if your family is able to pay all of the costs of attendance, the Certification of Finances (when available). Please do NOT send both forms with your application. All financial aid decisions for international students are made by the Admissions Office, therefore, you do not need to contact the Financial Aid Office during the application process.

 

Regular Decision
Application materials due no later than: March 1
Find out if you are admitted no later than: April 1
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit no later than: May 1
You must submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (when available) or, if your family is able to pay all of the costs of attendance, the Certification of Finances (when available). Please do NOT send both forms with your application. All financial aid decisions for international students are made by the Admissions Office, therefore, you do not need to contact the Financial Aid Office during the application process.


Contact International Admissions

Susan Hillmann de Castaneda, Director of International Admissions

Email: intl-admissions@earlham.edu

Phone: 800-327-5426 (toll-free with the U.S. and Canada) or 765-983-1600

Fax: 765-983-1560

Test Optional Policy

Earlham College, joining nearly 800 other institutions of higher education in the U.S., no longer requires students to submit standardized test scores (either SAT or ACT) with other materials in support of their application for admission (*see below for exceptions).

For many students, standardized test results are not an optimal predictor of the ability to succeed in college. Furthermore, Earlham has always taken a holistic approach in its review of students' applications for admission, giving consideration to academic achievement, writing ability (the essay is very important), and letters of recommendation from teachers and guidance counselors. In determining academic ability and college readiness, the College gives particular weight to a student's performance in high school courses and the quality of their chosen college preparatory academic program. Earlham also recognizes applicants' commitments, accomplishments and contributions beyond the classroom.

Under Earlham's test-optional policy, applicants can submit their scores and choose to have them considered or ask that the scores not be taken into account during review for admission. Students indicate their preference for use of test results on the Earlham section of the Common Application and may elect to consult with the Earlham Admission Staff about their decision.

Test score results are also not required by Earlham for review of admitted students for merit scholarships. Due to the competitiveness for the College's top scholarships, it is recommended that students wishing to be considered submit their SAT or ACT scores. For your information, the middle 50% of enrolled applicants who chose to submit a standardized test score ranged between a SAT (critical reading and math) total score of 1200 to 1360, or an ACT composite score between 26 and 31.

*Home-schooled students and students receiving a GED are required to submit either a SAT or an ACT score with their required application materials. This decision was made because it is more difficult to assess academic readiness when a student's record of academic performance cannot be compared to those of peers. A home-schooled student may appeal this policy if she or he is able to submit an academic transcript with at least one year of senior-level work from an accredited high school or at least one year of academic preparation from an accredited college.

*International students must continue to submit either the TOEFL or IELTS, or SAT or ACT results with their admission application.

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
47374-4095
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS

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.