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Are you thinking of going to college closer to home?

Here are five reasons to consider Earlham College:

With 36 majors and 37 minors — plus the ability to customize your course of study — Earlham prepares you well to step into a career, take on a service mission, or enter graduate school. In addition to the unparalleled classroom experience, you’ll have opportunities for study away, faculty-led research and internships. Philanthropic support has enabled Earlham to provide each student with a funded research or internship experience. That excellent preparation explains why we’re in the top 2% of colleges in the nation sending graduates to Ph.D. programs, and why Earlham alumni are accepted into medical schools at twice the national rate.

The faculty aren’t just experts in their fields; they also are your partners in education — on a first-name basis and interested in what you bring to the discussion. The personal size and intellectual rigor at Earlham lend themselves to some of the best classroom discussions and connections with faculty you will find anywhere. And you don’t have to take our word for it. The Princeton Review and other national sources have ranked the Earlham classroom experience as among the best in the nation.  And Earlham is just one of forty-five schools in the nation to be included in the book Colleges That Change Lives.

Restaurants, shopping, parks, trails, museums, art and music--Richmond, Indiana, has them all, yet it is tucked away from the bustle and density of the bigger cities that you can still get to within an hour should you want to.

We make applying for and receiving aid simple. In fact, more than 95 percent of Earlham students receive some form of financial assistance. With all that is going on in the world these days, we are committed to supporting you with the most comprehensive aid package possible. To get a better idea of the aid we can package you with, be sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and use Earlham’s school code: 001793.

Within six months of graduation, more than 90 percent of the graduating class is either employed or in graduate school, a volunteer program or a fellowship. We produce Rhodes Scholars, Watson Fellowships, Fulbright Scholars, and many more notable scholars. Our alumni are leading movements, making discoveries, serving others and working to improve the planet.

As noted earlier, Earlham is in the top 2 percent of schools in the nation in terms of graduating students who pursue a Ph.D., and has twice the national rate of students accepted into medical schools. An Earlham education is a wise investment for your future.


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How's Life at Earlham?

Earlham has dozens of clubs and organizations tailored to all sorts of interests. Whether you want to continue a favorite activity you’ve been doing for years, or try something brand new, you’ll find lots of opportunities at Earlham, including:

  • Division III athletic contests in 19 sports
  • Humans vs. Zombies, a long-running tradition of humans trying to survive a Zombie invasion (or, as some know it, tag)
  • Dance Alloy dancers showcase their choreographic chops to full houses
  • 50 active clubs and organizations, including club sports
  • Themed housing based on shared interests (no frats or sororities at Earlham)
  • A student-run coffee shop with the best dirty chai latte around
  • The 24-hour Theatre Project, during which teams devise plays overnight
  • Back Campus, hundreds of acres of trails, ponds and fields to explore

By the way, students also serve on committees that advise on the college budget, review hiring and promotion of faculty, and shape student life policies!

Where will you find other students in Richmond?

  • Hanging with friends at Ullery’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop or Roscoe’s Coffee Bar in Richmond’s charming Depot District
  • Running or biking on 60 miles of the Cardinal Greenway trails
  • Volunteering at the Amigo’s Latino Center or Boys & Girls Club
  • Taking in a symphony orchestra performance or watching a local theatre production
  • Dining at one of the Thai, Italian, Japanese, Indian and Mexican restaurants in town
  • Visiting museums or local historical sites like the Levi Coffin House, described as “Grand Central Station” of the Underground Railroad and named one of the top 25 national historic sites by the History Channel

Richmond has been named the No. 1 Small City in Indiana (Cities Journal) and has a rich heritage of music, culture and architecture. We also have access to bigger cities — Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Dayton are just an hour away.

Questions? Ask us anytime

Contact the Office of Admissions at 765-983-1600 or You can also ask your admissions counselor.

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.