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High marks for value, commitment to undergraduate teaching in U.S. News & World Report rankings

September 10, 2018

U.S. News and World Report has once again recognized Earlham as one of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges for exceptional academics, affordability and strong student outcomes.

In the 2019 edition of U.S. News’ annual “Best Colleges” guidebook, Earlham ranks 14th for value and 22nd for having a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, a recognition reserved for just 33 liberal arts colleges.

“We appreciate U.S. News’ recognition of our commitment to making the best of a liberal arts education as affordable as possible for students and their families,” Interim President Avis Stewart says. “At Earlham, the classroom experience is truly remarkable, but it is just the beginning. We believe in offering every student access to the kinds of experiences they need to develop the skills most valued in the 21st century while also giving them the confidence to navigate some of the world’s most pressing challenges from multiple disciplines and perspectives. The learning environment that our students and faculty create together is truly transformative.”

Earlham delivers on its promise of an exceptional education through the EPIC initiative. This four-year journey through the liberal arts integrates the academic major with transformative learning experiences, including research, study abroad, 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.

U.S. News ranked 229 national liberal arts colleges according to a methodology that considers 16 metrics of academic excellence. These rankings heavily favor schools that are successful at retaining and graduating students while providing them with access to quality instructors. U.S. News also considers expert opinions, alumni giving, the selectivity of admissions, and the average spending per student on instruction, research and other student services.

In addition to receiving high marks for excellence in undergraduate education, Earlham ranks in U.S. News’ Top 5 for having the highest percentage of international students on campus. One of the nation’s most diverse colleges, Earlham students come from 54 countries and 47 states. About 22 percent of Earlham’s student body is international, with 20 percent from Indiana, and the remaining 58 percent enrolling from states coast to coast.

Overall, Earlham ranks 81st among all national liberal arts colleges. To see the complete 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. 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


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