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Earlham worthy of imitation, new national ranking says

November 12, 2018

Earlham College is a national leader for making programs and initiatives that are worth imitating, emulating and spreading far and wide, according to College Consensus’ “50 Most Underrated Colleges Doing Great Things.”

In this new ranking, College Consensus recognizes the Earlham community’s commitment to service and the high percentage of alumni who earn Ph.D.s. The ranking also recognizes the College’s emphasis on Quaker values, resulting in a campus community where students are heavily engaged in all levels of decision making, and students and faculty are on a first-name basis.

“What distinguishes all of the colleges and universities featured on the ‘Great Things’ ranking is that they are doing something unique, something innovative, something meaningful, that deserves to be more widely recognized,” College Consensus says. “Some are younger up-and-coming colleges, founded just decades ago, that have made their name on experimentation, innovation, and just plain boldness. Others are nearly as old as the United States itself, but have still never rested on their laurels, keeping current and even pushing higher education forward with centuries behind them.”

Founded in 1847, Earlham delivers on its promise of an exceptional liberal arts education through The EPIC initiative. This four-year journey combines the academic major with transformative learning experiences, including research, study away, internships, and leadership development to prepare students exceptionally well for life beyond Earlham.

Earlham also offers The EPIC Advantage — a funded internship, project or research experience that averages $5,000 for all students — a level of support that few other institutions in the country can match.

Earlham is joined by other leading liberal arts colleges on the list, including Oberlin, Grinnell, Colby, Reed and Pitzer. To see the full list, visit collegeconsensus.com/rankings/most-innovative-colleges.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. We rank 7th nationally by Princeton Review for Best Classroom Experience and 22nd by U.S. News and World Report for commitment to undergraduate teaching.

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.


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