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International Admissions

A Global Learning Community

Rooted in the Quaker values of equality, justice, respect and collaboration, an Earlham education creates an unending desire to see the world differently and to bring about change. Earlham prepares you for the challenges and decisions of your college career and for your life after college.

As an international student you play a key role in bringing the world to Earlham. We recognize and value the distinct perspectives you bring with you and how they can enrich experiences in and out of the classroom.

International students make up approximately 21% of the total student body at Earlham. Our dynamic campus includes more than 200 international students, faculty, and language assistants from more than 60 countries.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus, too!

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The 2020-2021 cost for tuition, fees, room, meal plan, health insurance, and estimated amounts for books and personal spending is $61,538. Last year, the average financial award (scholarship and grant) for international students was $30,000.

Earlham considers each international application for merit scholarship and institutional grant. 

Merit scholarships are awarded to students who have distinguished themselves academically. This year, the merit scholarships are $20,000 - $30,000, and are awarded for up to eight semesters if GPA requirements are maintained. 

Institutional grants are awarded based on demonstrated financial need and academic accomplishments. 

Earlham does not award scholarships or grants for room, food, and other costs (such as books, personal items, flights to/from campus, and other indirect costs). Students and families need to be able to contribute at least $25,000.

Every international applicant must complete the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) and submit supporting financial documents such as bank statements or letters of employment. We cannot evaluate an application without these documents.

Please note: The International Financial Aid Committee determines the level of merit scholarship and institutional grant.

Send all inquiries about international financial aid to Susan Hillmann de Castaneda, Director of International Admissions (


Davis United World College Scholars

Earlham is a proud member of the Davis UWC Scholars Program. Graduates of the United World College are eligible for special funding at Earlham College through the generosity of the Davis Foundation.  Learn more

English Proficiency

All students must provide verification of English proficiency in order to apply for an F1 visa. Earlham accepts score reports for the following tests: TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, GTEC, ISA, SAT and ACT. 

Current accepted tests and minimum required scores are:

Test Required Recommended
SAT – EBRW 400 600
ACT – Reading 20 26
TOEFL - total 79 92
IELTS – total 6.0 7.0
Duolingo – total 105 115
GTEC – total 1192 1255
ISE – total ISE II Merit ISE III Pass

Earlham is test score optional regarding the SAT and ACT. Students are not required to take one of these college entrance exam. 

While we understand the many issues present in standardized testing, Earlham’s current registration with SEVIS requires compliance with these test score requirements. SEVIS is the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System used by the Department of State on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (in other words, important US governmental agencies). Therefore, the International Student Advisers must use test scores to substantiate academic preparedness and English proficiency when preparing an I-20 (the document needed to apply for a student visa) for an admitted student.


Earlham receives over 1000 applications from international students for 70 spots in our new class each year. We accept the Common Application and Earlham Application. We thoroughly read every part of your application to Earlham, giving special weight to your academic preparation. We hope to receive an application from you! Go to the Earlham Apply webpage and click on the International Student tab for more information.

To learn more about Scholarships and Financial Aid, please visit our Tuition and Costs page.

International Student Services

Attending college in a country different than your own offers amazing opportunities to learn about another culture, different perspectives, and new ways of doing things. We also recognize that it can be overwhelming and perhaps a bigger challenge than you might have expected. So the College provides many resources. There are three international student advisers who will prepare your I20, provide guidance throughout the visa process, welcome you to campus, and offer support during your four years at Earlham. In addition you will have a faculty adviser and have access to peer mentors, teaching assistants, and a writing center. Find out more.

Contact International Admissions

Susan Hillmann de Castaneda
Director of International Admissions

Phone: (800) 327-5426 (toll-free within the U.S. and Canada)
Direct: (765) 983-1600
Fax: (765) 983-1560

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