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Princeton Review recognizes Earlham for strong ROI, value

February 13, 2020

Earlham College has once again been recognized as one of the nation’s best returns on investment in higher education by The Princeton Review.

The College is one of just 200 institutions featured in the new book, “Best Value Colleges for 2020,” which was released nationwide this month. Profiled institutions were chosen based on an analysis of 40 data points related to academics, affordability and career preparation. More than 650 institutions were considered.

“We are committed to making the very best of a liberal arts education accessible to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds,” says Earlham President Anne Houtman. “Students come to study at Earlham from all over the world because of the unique combination of unparalleled classroom engagement, close connections with faculty, and the opportunities for research, internships and global experiences that set them up to lead fulfilling lives. “

The Princeton Review has ranked Earlham among the top 20 colleges in the nation providing the best classroom experiences, Houtman noted.

Earlham delivers on its commitment to students through a major initiative called the Earlham Program for an Integrated Curriculum, or EPIC. This four-year journey combines the academic major with out-of-the-classroom learning experiences, including research, study abroad, internships, and leadership development, to prepare students exceptionally well for life beyond Earlham.

The EPIC Advantage, an offer of up to $5,000 for every student to embark on a career discernment project, is a signature feature of that journey and provides a level of support that few institutions in the country can match. In fact, The EPIC Advantage was recognized recently by Insider as one of 13 “out-of-the-ordinary” academic programs for students across the nation.

Earlham has produced Nobel laureates, Rhodes Scholars, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Golden Globe Award. Pre-medical graduates have an 86 percent acceptance rate into medical schools—twice the national average. The College also is a national leader for the percentage of its graduates who earn advanced degrees, including the Ph.D.

One alumnus has observed that at alumni reunions “there is a sort of a trend around the room that people are living full lives. They are exploring their condition, their situation, they are trying to change the world in a small way – wherever they are. That, I think, is the stamp of Earlham.”

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The ROI recognition is just the latest external validation for Earlham’s excellence in higher education. In the 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guidebook, Earlham is featured as one of 55 institutions taking pioneering approaches to serving students.

Earlham also ranks 25th on U.S. News’ lists for “Best Undergraduate Teaching,” 34th for “Best Value,” and 7th for the percentage of international students on campus.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a College That Changes Lives. We aspire to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. We expect our students 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.

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


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