Earlham College

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801 National Road W

Richmond, IN 47374

Phone: (765) 983-1200
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Feb. 1
application deadline

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#65 Overall Score: 62 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Earlham College is a private institution that was founded in 1847. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,087, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Earlham College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 65. Its tuition and fees are $41,450 (2013-14).

Earlham College is a small Quaker school in Richmond, Indiana, about 70 miles east of Indianapolis and about 60 miles northwest of Cincinnati. Students at Earlham College can choose from more than 40 areas of undergraduate study, as well as master's degree programs in education and religion. Students at Earlham College also have the opportunity to earn a certificate in outdoor education and can take courses such as backpacking and dog sledding. Earlham College is also notable for its programs and resources devoted to the study of Japanese language and culture.

Students at Earlham can get involved through more than 60 campus clubs, as well as recreational and club sports. More serious athletes can try out for the maroon and white Earlham College Quakers varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Notable Earlham College alumni include actor Michael C. Hall, who starred in the television show "Dexter."

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

At Earlham, we believe learning is a pathway to a life of consequence. Our students and faculty share a desire to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, seek insights from differing perspectives and to engage in work necessary to build a more just and equitable world.

The values we model and practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for modern-day success. Earlham graduates are prepared for working environments where progress hinges on people from diverse backgrounds "rowing together" - whether it's in medicine, business, education, or fields and careers that have yet to be invented.

Our culture of mutual inquiry and discovery produces more independent thinkers, which is why our students go on to be top candidates for medical school and doctoral programs, and recipients of the most prestigious undergraduate and graduate fellowships.

Earlham is ranked 6th among national liberal arts colleges for its commitment to teaching, and 85 percent of our faculty have also collaborated on undergraduate research with students, often leading to scholarly publications or presentations. Earlham ranks in the top 3 percent for percentage of graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D., and our students have 90 percent acceptance rate for medical school.

Nowhere is the world closer than it is here at Earlham. Our students represent 76 countries, placing us among the top 5 percent of liberal arts colleges for enrolling the highest percentage of international students. It is impossible to attend Earlham and not leave with a wider perspective and an intellectual framework that is rich in global content.

Our longstanding principles - respect for persons, integrity, a commitment to peace and justice, simplicity, and community decision-making - shape the Earlham environment. These principles guide us in cultivating a community that values active, successful, and joyful engagement in the world around us.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1847
Religious affiliation Quaker
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $326,508,592


When applying to Earlham College, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are December 1 and November 1, respectively. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 74.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 74.9%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Earlham College is 10:1, and the school has 75.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Earlham College include: Biology, General; Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Sociology; Psychology, General; and Fine and Studio Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 62%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biology, General 17%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 15%
Sociology 11%
Psychology, General 8%
Fine and Studio Arts 7%

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Student Life

Earlham College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,087, with a gender distribution of 43.9 percent male students and 56.1 percent female students. At this school, 96 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 4 percent of students live off campus. Earlham College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,211
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Earlham College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Earlham College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Earlham College, 30 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Earlham College.

Students who have cars on campus 30%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Earlham College, 64.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $28,687.

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Tuition and fees $41,450 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,260 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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