Earlham is among only 10 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The College is in the top two percent nationally for percentage of students who go on to earn the Ph.D. Our graduates’ medical school acceptance rate is 89 percent — double the national average. Recent graduates have earned such prestigious awards as the Rhodes, the Fulbright, the Watson, the National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and many others. Earlham is routinely recognized by national publications for the quality of its classroom experience, for its diversity, for the outstanding quality of its off-campus programs, and for the value it provides to the students (and families).
The College benefits from an exceptional faculty that is deeply committed to teaching, mentoring, advising and scholarship. Most Earlham College professors have involved their students in their scholarly work, and many have led off campus study programs or research trips, in addition to providing an exemplary traditional classroom experience.
The College has a comprehensive signature program known as EPIC that helps students connect traditional classroom learning, experiential learning (like off-campus study and internships), and career planning. A key component is the EPIC Advantage, a funded internship or research experience for every student, including travel and housing. Virtually unparalleled in American higher education, this opportunity is worth about $5,000, and is funded by the philanthropy of our alumni. Earlham also offers students a robust campus life with 20 intercollegiate athletics teams (NCAA, Division III), dozens of clubs and student organizations, and a wide range of visual and performing arts opportunities. Over the past decade, Earlham has invested approximately $100 million in new or renovated facilities. It is one of 40 schools included in the book Colleges that Change Lives.
ESR is the oldest (since 1960) and first fully accredited Quaker seminary (since 1975) and the only Quaker seminary serving the spectrum of Friends. The school attracts students who come from many Christian denominations and who are interested in a broad range of ministries. The School is recognized among Seminaries that Change the World and has longstanding international connections. ESR offers both the Master of Divinity and the Master of Arts in Religion degrees. Enrollment in all programs is currently around 90 students. The seminary also offers a robust distance learning known as “ESR Access.” ESR is in partnership with Bethany School of Theology, a seminary affiliated with the Church of the Brethren that is also located on the Earlham campus. While Bethany is a separate seminary with its own president and board of trustees, ESR and Bethany students routinely cross-register in courses from the other seminary, as the seminaries maximize resources by planning their course schedules in a complementary fashion.
It is becoming increasingly clear that there is a great need in the world for the type of education that Earlham offers. The elements of a broad-based education in the liberal arts and sciences can be critical components to students beginning life-long endeavors that may involve multiple careers in many different fields. For students seeking a theological education, the open and welcoming atmosphere and an inquiry-based educational approach at ESR is an excellent fit for independent-minded students from various faith backgrounds. For Earlham’s next president, there will be opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of students and the world, even in the face of significant challenges.