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Earlham 'pays you back' long after graduation, Princeton Review says

January 23, 2018

Colleges -that -pay -you -backEarlham College’s commitment to making an exceptional liberal arts education affordable for students and their families is again being recognized by a leading educational services company.

In The Princeton Review’s “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck,” Earlham is celebrated for its exceptional academics, affordability and career prospects of its graduates. The selected institutions were identified based on an analysis of 40 different data points and survey responses from students and administrators affiliated with 658 other colleges and universities. The study also factored in PayScale.com data from alumni surveys covering starting and mid-career salaries and career social impact.

Earlham has produced Nobel laureates, Rhodes Scholars, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, the Golden Globe Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2016, a team of Earlhamites won the $1 million Hult Prize to launch an innovative transportation solution in Kenya. Most recently, Sara Gelser ’94 was recognized as one of Time’s people of the year in 2017 for her work in denouncing sexual assault in the Oregon legislature.

Strong graduate outcomes are a result of Earlham’s distinctive approach to the liberal arts, which makes connections between what students love and what they want to do with the rest of their life. A trademark feature of this approach is the EPIC Advantage, the offer of a funded internship or research experience for all students before graduation.

“Colleges That Pay You Back” is just the latest acknowledgement of Earlham’s value in higher education. Major college guides published by Forbes, Fiske and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance also have highlighted Earlham’s return on investment in the last year while also lauding the College’s other distinctive features, including a commitment to diversity and excellence in undergraduate teaching and collaborate research.

In fact, The Princeton Review also included Earlham in the 2018 edition of its flagship guide, “The Best 382 Colleges.” Published last September, Earlham ranks 18th nationally for “Best Classroom Experience” and 20th for “Professors Get High Marks,” among other accolades for excellence in the liberal arts.

According to Earlham students surveyed for that publication, Earlham faculty “do not try to guide or lead discussions away from what the students want to talk about,” and “exude an extreme and passionate love for the subjects they teach.” Additionally, professors are “extremely available outside of the classroom” and “prepared to support their students to the fullest,” the guide says.

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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.

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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