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Application Instructions for First-Year Students

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

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. 

Requirements - Recognizing that it might be difficult to get the documents you need from your school right now, we have adjusted the requirements needed to review your application. Please contact us at admissions@earlham.edu if you have questions about these requirements.
Basic Application 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 or Recommendation Letter Either a school report or a recommendation from your school counselor or from a teacher.
High School Transcript If your high school counselor is not able to send us the transcript, you may send us a download or photo of your most recent transcript for now, hopefully with grades from your first semester of 12th grade. (We will need an official copy before classes start in August.

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.
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.

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.

Deadlines

Early Decision
Application materials due by: November 1
Find out if you are admitted by: December 15
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit by: January 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. More Financial Aid Information
Early Action
Application materials due no later than: November 15
Find out if you are admitted no later than: December 15
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit no later than: June 1
If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting October 1. More Financial Aid Information
Early Action II
Application materials due no later than: January 1
Find out if you are admitted no later than: February 1 
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit no later than: June 1
If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting October 1. More Financial Aid Information
Regular Decision
Application materials due no later than: Rolling
Find out if you are admitted no later than: 3 business days from receipt of completed application
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit no later than: June 1
If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting October 1. More Financial Aid Information

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.