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We are pleased that you are accompanying your student on this journey. Your involvement in the admission process is essential as your child prepares for this next step in their education experience.

What can you do to help your child during the college search process?

Allow them to "drive" the process. You can be an excellent sounding board and source of encouragement and support. Offer your opinions when they are sought and help provide the opportunities for your child to fully explore their options.

What can you do during your child's visit?

During our special preview or visit days, there are scheduled panels for parents with current students, teaching faculty and student resource administrators. Our financial aid office has open office hours and members of the financial aid staff are happy to meet with you about your specific questions. You can also ask to meet with your child's admissions counselor. During an individual visit, parents usually meet with the admissions counselor who conducts the interview with their student. We will try our best to accommodate any special meetings you would like to schedule with the financial aid office, disability services or student resource areas. Parents usually accompany their child and at least one current student to lunch if you are here during the day.

How does the application process work?

Earlham accepts the Common Application and there is no application fee. There are two application deadlines for first-year students. Applicants must submit all of the required information in order to be considered for admission. Decisions are communicated online through the application status portal and by letter. Student responses need to be received by March 1 for Early Decision and May 1 for Regular Decision.

What do I need to know about financial aid?

For eligible students, applying for need-based financial aid begins with submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This can be done starting October 1. Occasionally, additional information is needed and the financial aid office will notify your child of these requirements through e-mail. After all requirements have been met and your child has been admitted, an email notification will be sent with instructions for viewing the financial aid award. Students are notified of any merit or non-need based scholarships separately. More about financial aid at Earlham >>

How is information about admission and financial aid communicated?

Most of the communications from the Admissions Office are sent to your child via email. It is important for the Admission Office to have a valid e-mail address and for that e-mail account to be checked regularly. Admissions Office decision letters are released online through an application status portal. Financial aid information and awards are communicated via email. Admitted students receive paper copies of the letter of admission and the financial aid award through the regular mail.

What is involved in new student orientation?

New students arrive on campus about four days prior to the first day of classes. During that time they participate in a number of activities, panels, and events (designed and led by current students and faculty) to help introduce them to both the academic and residential life of the College. Whether meeting and/ or dining with their academic advisers, gathering on their halls with other new students, exploring the city of Richmond through community service projects, or learning about Earlham's community code from student government representatives, students will easily make their transition to college. There are activities planned for parents, too, during the first day following a student's arrival for orientation. A full schedule of New Student Orientation activities for both students and parents is provided prior to the students' arrival on campus.

What do graduates do with their Earlham degrees?

Earlham is committed to providing an exceptional education for its students and to preparing its graduates for success in all careers covering the full spectrum of human endeavor. Although the majority of Earlham students go right into the workforce upon graduation, within several years, many Earlham alumni are enrolled in graduate school programs. Nearly 50 percent of Earlham students attend graduate school within 10 years of graduation, often at such prestigious schools as Columbia, Harvard, Georgetown, Notre Dame or the University of Chicago. Our students also regularly continue their studies at flagship state universities across the U.S. Recent alumni have also earned graduate degrees at such international institutions as Oxford, McGill, Uppsala and the London School of Economics. In addition to succeeding in their chosen careers, Earlham graduates are concerned leaders, involved citizens and caring parents, achieving their personal goals while working for the common good.

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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.