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Transfer to Earlham

Transfer to Earlham

Earlham offers a personal college experience at the “Crossroads of America,” Indiana. Nestled in Richmond, right on the Indiana-Ohio border, we offer the many advantages of a serene, smaller city while being within an hour of several larger metropolitan areas — Indianapolis, Dayton, and Cincinnati — for major league sports, concerts and career-building opportunities to round out your college experience.

As a transfer student, you can graduate from Earlham College if you complete two full years of academic work (four semesters) and earn 64 academic credits within the Earlham curriculum.


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Top 10 reasons to transfer to Earlham

  • We have more than 50 majors and specialized programs that are a natural place to transfer your current credits, including art, biology, business, chemistry, data science, neuroscience, psychology and social work.
  • Earlham offers every student a funded internship or research project — available for every major.
  • Earlham is a community that lifts up everyone. Earlham was founded by Quakers, and part of their enduring influence is a respect for all persons.
  • At some colleges, you might never learn alongside someone who has lived outside the United States. Earlham is ranked fourth in America for the percentage of diversity among our student body. Earlham recruits students from all 50 states and around 70 countries.
  • You won't be swallowed up by attending a bigger school, and you'll get every advantage of smaller classes, personalized counseling and a campus renowned for being welcoming.
  • We have highly competitive NCAA Division III teams who enjoy some of the best facilities in our division.
  • We have extensive study abroad programs and are ranked in the top 30 nationally for best study abroad programs.
  • Great professors, focused on you. Our classroom experience is ranked among the top 10 in the nation, with faculty and students working as colleagues on a first-name basis.
  • How do you know you'll receive a quality education? Graduates of Earlham are accepted into medical schools at twice the national average, and Earlham is one of the top institutions in the nation at sending students to Ph.D. programs.
  • We will do our best to offer you a competitive financial aid package against our other peer colleges and universities.

Where will you find other students in Richmond?

  • Hanging with friends at Ullery’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop or Roscoe’s Coffee Bar in Richmond’s charming Depot District
  • Running or biking on 60 miles of the Cardinal Greenway trails
  • Volunteering at the Amigo’s Latino Center or Boys & Girls Club
  • Taking in a symphony orchestra performance or watching a local theatre production
  • Dining at one of the Thai, Italian, Japanese, Indian and Mexican restaurants in town
  • Visiting museums or local historical sites like the Levi Coffin House, described as “Grand Central Station” of the Underground Railroad and named one of the top 25 national historic sites by the History Channel

Richmond has been named the No. 1 Small City in Indiana (Cities Journal) and has a rich heritage of music, culture and architecture. We also have access to bigger cities — Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Dayton are just an hour away.

How to apply

Transfer students should apply through the Common Application. In addition to the application, you’ll need to submit high school transcripts, official college transcripts, and an essay outlining your decision to transfer to Earlham.

Questions? Ask us anytime

Contact the Office of Admissions at 765-983-1600 or You can also ask your admissions counselor.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.