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Earlham among nation’s best returns on investment in higher education, Princeton Review says

January 31, 2019

Japanese Course at EarlhamEarlham College once again has been recognized as one the nation’s best returns on investment in higher education, according to The Princeton Review, a leading educational services company.

In its 2019 edition of The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment, the Princeton Review recognizes Earlham for delivering an extraordinary academic experience, affordability, effective career discernment and strong graduate outcomes.

“Earlham is an outcome-oriented school, and students leave prepared with hands-on experiences, resumes, and career plans,” the company explains. “About half of all graduates will go on to graduate studies, and the school is in the top two percent nationally for students who go on to earn a Ph.D.”

The Princeton Review chose the 200 schools, or about seven percent of the nation’s colleges and universities, based on a comprehensive analysis of data from its surveys of administrators at more than 650 colleges in 2017-18. Survey topics broadly covered academics, cost, financial aid, career services, graduation rates, student debt and alumni support.

The education services company also factored in data from its surveys of students attending the colleges and surveys of alumni of the schools about their starting and mid-career salaries and job satisfaction. In all, The Princeton Review staff crunched more than 40+ data points to select the 200 schools for the book and tally its ranking lists.

“We are proud to once again be recognized as one of the nation’s best values in higher education,” Interim President Avis Stewart says. “As our alumni often remind us, Earlham is a place of extraordinary promise that produces graduates with the capacity to truly transform the world. We continue to be committed to making the very best of the liberal arts accessible to as many students as possible.”

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 of up to $5,000 per student — a level of support that few other institutions in the country can match.

Earlham graduates have gone to become Nobel laureates, Rhodes Scholars, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, the Golden Globe Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Every spring, Earlham students are competitive for Fulbright Scholarships and Watson Fellowships, prestigious post-graduate awards that fund research, international travel and teaching appointments abroad.

The Best Value Colleges 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 recent years 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.

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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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