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Meet the next wave of Earlhamites

August 22, 2018

Nearly 300 new Earlhamites begin their undergraduate studies today as the 2018-19 academic year begins.

With an average GPA of 3.7 and many finishing at or near the top of their high school classes, these new students boast impressive academic and co-curricular credentials. They include students who posted a perfect score on the SAT/ACT, scored Magna Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam, and earned the title of national champion in tennis five times in Greece.

“This year’s class is well suited to contribute to Earlham’s intellectual community and brings many exciting new perspectives to campus,” says Priscilla Alicea, Earlham’s vice president of enrollment management. “We are excited to watch them grow and unlock the many opportunities that Earlham has available to them.”

Arriving for New Student Orientation were 276 first-year students and 21 transfers from other two- and four-year institutions. Those students come from 34 states and 36 countries with nearly 20 percent of the Class comes from Indiana, with about 20 percent international, and 60 percent hailing from states coast to coast. Among this year’s domestic students, about 22 percent are persons of color. Nearly 22 percent of the class identified as being the first in their families to attend college.

“I picked Earlham because it’s a small school with great academics that also gives me the opportunity to continue playing golf,” says Myra Robinson ’22 from Centerville, Indiana. “I also chose Earlham because of its reputations for having one of the best Japanese departments in the country.

“Everyone here is super friendly and welcoming so it’s been easy to make new friends,” she says. “I think that’s why Earlham is such a special place.”

Earlham alumni living across the United States assisted the College in wishing some members of the Class of 2022 a successful start to their undergraduate studies as part of a series of “Alumni Send-Off” events in locations across the United States.

These events were hosted by Sarah Batto ’05 and Carrie Seltzer ’04 (Washington, D.C.), Ian Henry ’01 (Cincinnati), Alex Davis ’98 (Louisville, Kentucky), Randall and Alice Shrock ’68 (Wayne County, Indiana), and Tania Deng ’87 (Indianapolis).

"I give back to Earlham because Earlham changed my life," Seltzer says. "I came from a big, highly competitive suburban high school and it was an emotionally unhealthy learning environment for me, but I didn't realize just how much happier I could be until I got to Earlham. The classroom experience was so much more collaborative, and my peers were there to learn and change the world for the better, not just get an A in pursuit of some personal goal. I am who I am because of Earlham, and I want other students to have the same kind of empowering, transformative experience.

"I loved meeting the Class of 2022 from the DC area because they all had such great and distinct enthusiasm for going to Earlham," she says. "They were each excited about about different things, as divergent as insects and lacrosse, but all drawn to the Earlham experience. I look forward to seeing them at future area events!"

Enrollment figures are not official until approved by the Registrar after the 13th day of classes.

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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 for Best Classroom Experience, according to The Princeton Review.

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


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