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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 22% 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

Earlham offers merit scholarships, need-based grants and work awards to international students who meet certain requirements.

If you would like to be considered for a merit scholarship and a need-based grant, please complete the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA). We cannot evaluate an application without having received this document.

Please note: The Vice-President of Enrollment and the Director of International Recruitment determine the level of merit scholarship and need-based grant.

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

Please do not send them to the Financial Aid Office; doing so will only delay communication.

While awards can cover up to full tuition, admission preference is given to students who have distinguished themselves academically and whose families have a significant ability to contribute to educational costs. It is important to note that the financial aid package offered at the time of admission is not increased in subsequent years (except for UWC students – see below). Students and their families are responsible for covering annual increases in tuition, fees, room and board as well as transportation, books, insurance and personal expenses.

Need-based grants are based on demonstrated financial need, academic accomplishments and personal qualities. These awards are renewable for each year of a student’s degree program at Earlham (for a maximum of eight semesters). 

Merit scholarships are based on the student’s academic profile (cumulative grades, number and level of classes taken and test score results). These scholarships range from $15,000 to full tuition and are awarded at the time of evaluation of the application to the College. The merit scholarship is renewable for each year of a student’s degree program at Earlham (for a maximum of eight semesters) if the student meets certain GPA requirements. There is no separate application for the merit scholarship.

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

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores are required of all international applicants.

If English is not your primary language, you must submit a TOEFL or IELTS scores. The recommended TOEFL (iBT) is 92, and recommended IELTS score is 6.5. You may also submit an SAT or ACT score to enhance your competitiveness for admission and for scholarship consideration.

If English is your primary language, you may submit your SAT or ACT scores instead of TOEFL or IELTS.


It's free to apply to Earlham!
Earlham receives over 800 applications from international students for 60 spots in our new class each year. We accept the Common Application and 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.

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 advisor 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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