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Princeton Review ranks Earlham 7th nationally in classroom experience

August 07, 2018

Earlham College boasts some of the nation’s best classroom experiences and most active student governments, according to The Princeton Review’s Best 384 Colleges.

For its 2019 guide, released today, The Princeton Review ranks Earlham 7th for “Best Classroom Experience,” and 20th for “Most Active Student Government.”

In these selective lists of just 20 institutions, Earlham stands alongside such institutions as Bucknell University as well as Reed, Mount Holyoke and Sarah Lawrence colleges.

The guide, which bases its rankings on the results of surveys from students and administrators, is highly selective in recognizing just 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 colleges and universities. The guide does not rank institutions with an overall score.

“We are thrilled that our students are sharing their experiences of the many benefits of their Earlham education with the Princeton Review,” says Rebecca Thomas, Earlham’s Academic Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Learning at Earlham happens both within traditional classroom settings and beyond. We offer exceptional learning experiences all over the world to each of our students, ensuring that they can expand and sharpen their worldview as they prepare for lifelong engagement.”

According to students surveyed by the guide, Earlham’s classrooms are “small and intimate” and students “have the opportunity work with people from all over the world, broadening world views and perspectives.” Professors are categorized as “incredible mentors” who “contribute to societal progress by giving overlooked or otherwise marginalized students a chance to foster their potential.”

Earlham delivers on its promise of an exceptional liberal arts education through the EPIC initiative. This approach makes purposeful connections between classroom learning and experiential opportunities that position students to navigate careers from a multidisciplinary approach and develop skills most needed to excel in an increasingly globalized world. The addition of The EPIC Advantage — the offer of a funded internship, community project or research experience for all students — is an opportunity that is virtually unparalleled in American higher education.

"Our students' active participation in their own learning is one of the things that sets us apart," says Interim President Avis Stewart. "Whether they are in the classroom, participating in student government, or taking part in one of the many experiential learning opportunities we offer, Earlham students get the most from every opportunity available to them."

In addition to exceptional teaching and learning opportunities, the guide also lauds Earlham for its state-of-the-art scientific laboratories, generous financial aid, environmentally aware students, and active minority and student-run political groups.

To see the full rankings, visit

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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. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

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


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