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There is no better place to explore your gifts and purpose than at Earlham College.

Challenge yourself with the academic quality of a leading national liberal arts college while also planning for life after graduation. 

Beginning your first semester, you will explore your educational and professional goals with faculty-mentors and customized coursework. Our approach is intellectually challenging, globally engaged, socially concerned, and future directed — preparing students for professional success.

How will you use your talents to be successful and make a difference in the world? Discover your answers at Earlham.

Intellectually challenging

U.S. News and World Report ranks Earlham 6th among national liberal arts colleges for its commitment to undergraduate teaching.

Earlham students expect challenging academics, take charge of their own learning and are prepared for professional success and admission to top graduate programs. They choose from more than 40 fields of study and are taught by dedicated professors who love to teach and mentor.

Classes are small, with rich opportunities for discussion, investigation and discovery. Earlham provides many avenues for you to learn firsthand. Probe for understanding and discoveries alongside your professors.


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Socially concerned

Earlham students have a sense of stewardship about their lives and believe in their power and responsibility to change the world, according toColleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges.

“[Earlham College] emphasizes the pursuit of truth, lack of coercion, respect for others’ ideas and values, and a responsibility to use truth to improve the world” reads the 2012 edition. “The result? A community as caring and sincere as you’ll find anywhere.”

About 30% of graduates surveyed reported that most or all of their work was oriented to social change.

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Globally engaged

Earlham is committed to welcoming students from all over the world. Our students come from all over theU.S. and about 80 other countries. In fact, Earlham ranks 6th among national liberal arts colleges in the largest percentage of international students on campus, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Wherever you come from, this level of international engagement will provide you with a deepened global perspective to better navigate in your workplace and community.

Many students also choose Earlham’s intensive, semester-long programs led by our faculty. More than 70 percent of our graduates have participated in off-campus programs.

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Future directed

Earlham ranks 29th among 1,306 U.S. institutions of higher learning for the percentage of graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. In the life sciences, we rank 9th among 1,341 institutions. Fifty percent of Earlham alumni begin graduate school within 10 years of graduation.

Graduates from the last five years have accomplished great things. A few of our many examples include:

Admission to:

  • Columbia University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Oxford (UK)
  • Uppsala University (Sweden)

Service through programs like:

  • Americorps
  • City Year
  • Peace Corps
  • Quaker Volunteer Service
  • Teach for America
  • World Teach

Careers as:

  • Resident Physician, Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Owner/CEO, NetStuffers LLC
  • Director of Programs, Junior Achievement
  • Geologist, State of Michigan
  • International Relations Coordinator, City of Osaka
  • Biochemist, BP Biofuels
  • Gallery Assistant, Art School at Old Church

Support for research or humanitarian work from:

  • Carnegie Endowment 
  • Davis Projects for Peace
  • Fulbright Grant
  • Huntington Public Service Award
  • National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
  • Rotary International Peace Fellowship
  • Watson Fellowship
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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).

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.