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We are excited to welcome you to Earlham and that includes President Anne Houtman!

“In addition to receiving the very best liberal arts education, you will benefit from extraordinary teaching and mentorship during every step of your EPIC journey,” she says. “Your own journey will be unlike anyone else's because you will get to persue a travel, research or service project that excites you and furthers your unique personal and profession goals.”

Beginning Your EPIC Journey

The world demands courage, creativity and fresh ways forward. Our answer? EPIC.

A four-year journey through the liberal arts that integrates the academic major with transformative learning experiences, including research, study abroad, internships, and leadership development, to prepare students exceptionally well for life beyond Earlham.

Important Dates

Admitted Event for Early Accepted Students

Sunday-Monday, February 16-17, 2020

Admitted Student Days

Sunday-Monday, March 29-30, 2020

Sunday-Monday, April 5-6, 2020

New Student Orientation

Saturday-Tuesday, August 15-18, 2020

Parents: Local Accomodations

Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau


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Next Steps

The Admission Committee carefully reviewed your application and is delighted to offer you admission to Earlham College. We hope that you are ready to accept the opportunities that await you here. Here are some simple next steps for you to take toward securing your enrollment at Earlham.

We will be releasing need-based financial aid award packages daily beginning November 15 to admitted students who have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submitted any other required information. Email notifications will be sent when aid award packages are available to view and paper copies will be mailed. Once you've received your aid award package, please read it carefully and contact us at to ask questions.

If you are planning to apply for need-based financial assistance, you should submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. [Indiana residents are required to submit their FAFSA by April 10 in order to be considered for financial assistance from the state. If an Indiana resident misses this deadline, Earlham cannot replace the State aid with Earlham aid.] You must include Earlham’s FAFSA code (001793) on your application so that our Financial Aid Office can receive the analysis of your eligibility for need-based financial aid.

Celebrate your acceptance with the Earlham community by attending one of our special Admitted Student Events on March 29-30 or April 5-6. These events offer informative and fun opportunities to learn more about Earlham and the chance to meet current faculty, staff and students — as well as your future classmates! You also have the option of spending the night on campus.

Beginning December 1, you may register online.

Of course, if you are unable to attend one of our scheduled events, we can assist you in making an individual appointment. Go online or call the Office of Admissions at 1-800-EARLHAM (800-327-5426) to schedule a visit to our campus. If you cannot visit, we would be happy to connect you with Earlham faculty or students via phone or email.

Follow us on Twitter @earlham1847, Snapchat (search “earlhamcollege”), and Facebook at Earlham College and Earlham College Admissions. We also encourage you to join the Earlham Class of 2024 Facebook group to connect with future classmates and current students, as well as to learn about what’s happening on campus.

Confirm your decision to accept our offer of admission by submitting your required $250 enrollment confirmation deposit online via credit card or via check by mail to Earlham College Office of Admissions, 801 National Road West, Richmond, Indiana, 47374 (include your the student's name and ID number on the check).

In accordance with the Principles of Good Practice of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Earlham reserves places for admitted first year students in the entering class until May 1, which is the National Candidates’ Reply Date unless you are an Early Decision candidate. Therefore, you should submit your non-refundable deposit no later than May 1 (or within two weeks of your notification of admission if after May 1). Transfer students should reply by May 15 or within two weeks of your notification of admissions if after May 15.

After you submit your confirmation deposit, you will begin receiving information about new student orientation, housing, advising, classes, billing and more.

We look forward to welcoming you to Earlham!

Seeking Truth Together

Earlham is a remarkable academic community. Recognized as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, it is also renowned for its special sense of community, embracing both individual and cultural differences. We believe it provides the optimal learning environment for developing “21st century” leaders. We believe in leadership and community building that is inclusive, where every voice matters and is heard. Here are excerpts from Earlham’s Mission Statement and Principles and Practices to assist you in understanding what it means to be a member of the Earlham community.

The mission of Earlham College, an independent, residential college, is to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). A basic faith of Friends is that all truth is God’s truth; thus Earlham emphasizes: pursuit of truth, wherever that pursuit leads; lack of coercion, letting the evidence lead that search; respect for the consciences of others; openness to new truth and therefore the willingness to search; veracity, rigorous integrity in dealing with facts; application of what is known to improving our world…

At Earlham College this education is carried on with a concern for the world in which we live and for improving human society. The College strives to educate morally sensitive leaders for future generations. Therefore, Earlham stresses global education, peaceful resolution of conflict, equality of persons, and high moral standards of personal conduct.

More information on our Mission Statement can be found online.

Earlham strives to be an educational community of mutual support, responsibility, and accountability. The college’s Principles and Practices is a statement of the values that guide our community. In acting according to these principles, we try to cultivate a community that values not only the development of broad knowledge and deep competencies, but an active, successful, and joyful engagement in human society and the world around us. As an educational community, we are a changing group of diverse persons, bringing to this institution a variety of identities, as well as a great range of personal and cultural and spiritual values, experiences, and perspectives. We welcome this diversity and the strengths and transformations this diversity makes possible.

The principles that shape and sustain the Earlham community include the following:

Respect for Persons

We aspire to be a community whose members act with regard for the intellectual, physical, and emotional well-being of everyone. We seek to find mutual respect, trust, and happiness in our relationships with persons of every race, ethnicity, class, religious preference, gender identity, physical ability, sexual orientation, or age, even seeking to respect persons removed by time and place.


The Quaker testimony of Integrity asks us to aspire to personal wholeness, honesty, and truthful living. Integrity means completeness or one-ness, and implies a commitment to truth-telling. Integrity nourishes our trust in one another, allowing us to rely on one another and others to rely on us. It means engaging with each other openly and honestly.

A Commitment to Peace and Justice

The Quaker peace testimony holds that violence, whether physical, emotional, or verbal, is an injustice that harms all parties involved, and is never the means to achieve a just and lasting peace.


Here, we invite each other to recognize what is central in our lives by listening to inward leadings and learning from others. That listening can give us clarity as we make choices about the responsible use of our time and our resources. A life guided by the testimony of simplicity can lead us to recognize what makes us genuinely happy and to be good stewards of community, personal, and global resources. It replaces distraction, stress, and excess with clarity, focus, and a sustainable life.

Community Decision Making

Quakers believe that the ideals that guide us are best encountered in a community of openness and mutual respect. Educational communities exist as an opportunity to discover and test truth. Because each person brings different knowledge and perspectives, truth-seeking is best fostered in community. As a result, the individual has a great many rights and responsibilities, but it is in the act of participation in a community that we come to know our interdependence with one another and to develop individual virtues such as openness and restraint and communal virtues such as justice and equality.

People in consultation with one another have the potential to make better decisions than will individuals alone or majorities unaided by minority views. Therefore, an important dimension of learning to which we aspire is discerning the needs of others. Differences can be sources for growth and new insights. Accordingly, we consult broadly, value the opinions of others, and often incorporate consensus in decision-making.

More information on our Principles and Practices can be found online.

What's in a NAME?

In case there is any doubt, we want to reassure you about the pronunciation of Earlham. It is simply “Earl-am (um).” The “h” is silent. While some may struggle initially in pronouncing our name, there is no mistaking the national regard for Earlham College. We invite you to explore the quality of our undergraduate academic programs, meaningful opportunities for student involvement and leadership, and our commitment to service and social justice. We are confident in who we are. It is gratifying nonetheless that public recognition of Earlham has contributed to its standing as one of the nation’s leading colleges of the liberal arts and sciences.

Earlham is proud to be among the 40 colleges chosen by Loren Pope for inclusion in his book Colleges That Change Lives, first published in 1996.

Colleges -that -change -lives -cover -13-14Pope, now deceased, was a former journalist and education editor at The New York Times; he devoted over 30 years to counseling parents and students about making college choices.

In his widely acclaimed college guide, Pope focused on liberal arts colleges that "not only equip youths to live full lives but they work their magic on a variety of aptitudes, academic and others as important…. Every one of these catalytic places will push and stretch you beyond what you think possible, but they won't let you fall."

Pope emphasizes the learning that takes place in these colleges: "Learning is collaborative rather than competitive; values are central; there is a strong sense of community. They are places of great synergy…."

Beyond the Book

Colleges That Change Lives, Inc., (CTCL) is a non-profit organization that promotes a student-centered college search process. In 1998 the CTCL colleges began working together to extend Pope's approach to helping students find the right college fit. They developed a website and began a nationwide series of college fairs and individual information sessions that continues today.

Watch CTCL's calendar to find out when representatives will be in your area.

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Earlham College has earned new recognition from U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s “Most Innovative Schools.”

In the 2020 edition of U.S. News’ “Best Colleges” guidebook, Earlham is featured as one of 55 institutions taking a pioneering approach in the areas of academics, campus life, technology or facilities. Earlham stands alongside other leading liberal arts colleges including Bates, Carleton, Oberlin and Amherst, in warranting the recognition.

Earlham also maintains its reputation as a national leader among all liberal arts colleges for academic quality, diversity, and affordability in the popular resource for college-bound students and their families. Earlham 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.

“We’re thrilled that U.S. News recognizes our innovative spirit and commitment to providing access to the very best that a liberal arts education can offer,” Earlham President Anne Houtman says. “We offer funding for every student to pursue their passion and embark on a journey full of unexpected discoveries and learning experiences that transform the way they think about the world around them – and how they can connect with it.”


Working in college admissions for forty years, Peter Arango has counseled hundreds of students and families over his career. Earlham is honored to be among Peter's list of institutions considered to be hidden gems for their academic rigor and teaching excellence.

Quotes from the Book

  • College -secrets -2011"Generally seen by its collegiate neighbors as somewhat "quirky," Earlham students might better be characterized as "authentic." … In fact, one of the first observations that many visitors make about Earlham is that the campus is spiffy, students look great, and the tone of the college is almost uniformly cheerfully productive."
  • "As is true with all of Earlham's programs, however, the primary focus is student engagement. … Earlham may be the college most attractive to students from outside the region, one of the few Quaker Colleges, and perhaps one of the most 'Quakerly.' Although Earlham has a graduate program for teachers (M.A.T.), it is primarily an eminently well-respected liberal arts college, most notable for its historic mission."
  • "A major difference between Earlham and the other colleges to which it might be compared is in the closeness of faculty to students. Every college touts the accessibility of its faculty to undergraduates; at Earlham, those relationships are best described as respectful friendships; the faculty, as authentic as Earlham's students, has joined in a partnership with these active and socially committed learners on this handsome campus. One hallmark of the relationships established at Earlham is that all in the community are called by first name; there are no honorifics - Doctor, Professor, etc. It will come as no surprise that Earlham is also one of the Colleges That Change Lives."
  • "So, call it 'quirky' or call it 'authentic'; the Earlham experience is distinctive, challenging, and highly worthwhile."

Nothing speaks to the protected value of your college investment like the success of a college’s alumni. Earlham ranks 29th —ninth in life sciences — among 1,533 institutions of higher learning in the United States in the percentage of graduates who go on to receive Ph.D.s. And that doesn’t include the many Earlham graduates who attend the nation’s top medical, law and business professional schools.

In addition, Earlham graduates from the past five years have earned such prestigious awards as the Rhodes Scholarship, the Fulbright teaching assistantship, the Watson Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, and a Fellowship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

In 2016, the Clinton Global Initiative awarded the $1 million Hult Prize to the Earlham “Magic Bus” team out of over 25,000 entries. The Magic Bus team will implement its idea for improving transportation in developing nations. Earlham alumni are making an impact in all 50 states and over 60 countries as scientists, executives, teachers, lawyers, ministers, writers and concerned, involved citizens.

Fiske -guide -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.”

Visit the website for the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

While we are glad to share these accolades about Earlham with you, we remain convinced that the best way for you to appreciate Earlham is to talk directly with students, faculty, and alumni. Please contact the Admission Office (1-800-EARLHAM or 1-800-327-5426) so that our staff can help you connect with those who have first-hand knowledge of the Earlham experience.

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.