Undergraduate admissions

Are you inspired by the idea of changing the world? Do you want a college experience that will support you in advocating for yourself and others? Are you a self-starter who wants to be surrounded by other students like you—and unlike you?

Earlham could be the place for you. For good.

We invite you to apply through the Common Application or the Earlham College application.

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STEP 1

Prepare to apply: These are the important dates, to-dos and information you need to know to make your application process seamless.

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STEP 2

Complete your application: Here’s a walk-through of our application and all the materials you need to be considered for admittance.

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STEP 3

Learn what’s next: There are a few things you can do while our admissions team is reviewing your application.

Learn more

Already admitted?

Congratulations, we are so excited to have you as part of the Earlham community! Before you can start your classes, you’ll need to confirm your enrollment by submitting a deposit, apply for housing and more. Sound like a lot? Don’t worry, we are here to help you.

Step 1: Prepare to apply

Important dates, to-dos and information you need to know to make your application process seamless.

Earlham seeks students who are academically prepared, intellectually curious and who possess a variety of special talents and interests. We also look for students who are comfortable in their own skin and embrace differences. Admission to Earlham College is selective, and we expect our students to demonstrate superior academic performance and preparation, as well as an excellent record of extracurricular involvement. In our application review process, our admissions team looks at your individual grades, cumulative GPA, your ACT and/or SAT scores (if submitted*) and the depth and uniqueness of your application essay.

*Earlham has a test-optional policy, which means applicants are not required to submit any standardized test scores. Learn more about our test-optional admissions policy.

 

Academic preparation

Earlham expects applicants to complete at least 15 academic high school units or the equivalent, including a minimum of:

  • 4 credits of English, such as literature, grammar or composition
  • 3 credits of mathematics, such as algebra, geometry, pre-calculus or calculus
  • 2 credits of social sciences, such as government, economics, sociology, history or similar topics
  • 2 credits of sciences, such as biology, chemistry or physics
  • 2 credits of world languages, including a second language that is not your native language
  • Studio or performing arts, experience in the area of studio or performing arts is very desirable

Advanced Placement (AP)International Baccalaureate (IB), and/or Advance College Project (ACP) courses help us gauge if you are ready for the rigorous Earlham curriculum but is not a requirement. Though we understand that not every school offers these programs, if we see that you’re taking Advanced or Honors courses or any courses that are at the highest level that the school offers, we take that into consideration when reviewing your application.

Grades in academic classes

Earlham takes your cumulative GPA into consideration when reviewing your application, but keep in mind that it is not the only thing we consider.

Application essay

This is a part of your application. Your essay should be an original piece of writing that demonstrates your thinking process and writing style and should be reviewed/proofread by someone else before you submit it.

Other decision-making factors

At Earlham, we take a holistic approach to our applicants, looking beyond the classroom when reviewing applications. When provided, we take into consideration leadership experience, extracurricular involvement, community service and work experience.

FAFSA deadlines

  • Application available: October 1
  • Application deadline: FAFSA forms must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. central time (CT) on June 30, 2022. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 10, 2022.

 

Early action deadlines

    • Application due: December 1
    • Admittance decision: within 3 business days
    • Deposit due: May 1

 

Regular decision deadlines

    • Application due: Rolling admission
    • Admittance decision: within 3 business days
    • Deposit due: May 1

With more than 40 majors and minors to choose from, as well as applied minors that combine academic interests with hands-on practical experiences, your Earlham adventure starts here.

See all majors and minors.

A nationally ranked liberal arts college can be affordable. From scholarships and grants to loans and student employment, we award multiple types of aid to qualifying students.

View Earlham’s financial aid resources.

Earlham students who take part of their coursework, whether traditional or online classes, at another accredited college or university with the intent of transferring credit to Earlham should obtain approval in advance from the Registrar and from the department(s) concerned. A maximum of 16 credits may be transferred. However, exceptions to this policy may be granted in consultation with the Director of the Academic Enrichment Center and the Registrar.

Note: Grades do not transfer.

Credit alone will transfer only if:

  • An official transcript is received by the Office of the Registrar directly from an accredited college or university after the coursework is completed
  • The student has received a grade of C or better
  • A course description and syllabus is provided to the Registrar upon request

Course credits submitted for transfer without prior approval are not accepted toward the Earlham degree.

Step 2: Complete your application

You’re on your way to becoming an Earlhamite! The following information will walk you through our application and all the materials you need to be considered for admittance.

Application Form Apply through the Common Application or the Earlham Application.
Application Essay This is a part of your 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 complete 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 a core 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.

This is a part of your application. Your essay should be an original piece of writing that demonstrates your thinking process and writing style and should be reviewed/proofread by someone else before you submit it.

Once you complete all the steps above and have collected the necessary items, you’re ready to apply! And, don’t worry if you don’t have all the necessary items right now–our admissions team will work with you to complete your application.


Are you ready to start your journey at Earlham?

Once you complete all the steps above and collect the necessary items, you’re ready to apply! And, don’t worry if you don’t have all the necessary items right now–our admissions team will work with you to complete your application.

Step 3: Learn what’s next

While our admissions team is reviewing your application, there are a few things you can do–but you won’t have to wait long. We will make an admittance decision within three business days after receipt of your completed application.

No matter where you are in your college search, we invite you to visit and find out firsthand why Earlham College is consistently ranked as having one of the nation’s “best classroom experiences,” according to The Princeton Review.

We are actively implementing sanitization and safety measures including social distancing, requiring masks in all buildings, temperature checks and limiting reservation time slots for in-person visits to a maximum of four families.

Come and experience Earlham for yourself and plan your on-campus or virtual visit today!

In addition, we’re happy to host you virtually on Zoom for an information session, campus tour and/or meeting with our professors, athletic coaches and other campus representatives.

Save the dates: Our 2021 admitted student events will be held on March 6, April 3 and April 10.

If after October 1, you can submit your FAFSA while the Earlham College admissions team is reviewing your application.

There’s nothing like seeing it for yourself. See all Earlham has to offer!

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