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Fiske recognizes Earlham as one of nation’s 20 ‘Best Buys’

July 19, 2019

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2020Continued national recognition for Earlham College’s exceptional academics and commitment to affordability comes from the 2020 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

Earlham is once again featured as a “Best Buy” in this year’s guide, a recognition reserved for just 10 public and 10 private colleges and universities. Other institutions featured as top values include Mount Holyoke College, St. Olaf College and Vanderbilt University.

“Best Buys,” according to the guide, are schools that offer “outstanding educational value as determined by academic quality in relation to the net cost of attendance.”

“I am thrilled that Fiske has once again recognized the wonderful value-added of an Earlham education,” Earlham President Anne Houtman says. “Our students graduate with an impressive toolkit of change-the-world knowledge, skills and values.”

At Earlham, significant merit and need-based aid is available to qualified students. Every student is also eligible to receive up to $5,000 to participate in an internship, project or mentored research experience before graduation.

Earlham supports an extraordinary liberal arts experience and strong graduate outcomes through the Earlham Program for an Integrated Curriculum (EPIC). This four-year journey combines 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 has produced Nobel laureates, Rhodes Scholars and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship and a Golden Globe Award. The College is also in the nation’s top two percent for the percentage of students who earn the Ph.D.

The Fiske guide is just the latest resource for families that recognizes Earlham’s commitment to affordability. U.S. News and World Report, Forbes and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance also routinely recognize Earlham as a leader for value and exceptional undergraduate teaching in higher education.

Edward Fiske, a former education editor at the New York Times, is the author of the annual guide.

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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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