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Undergrad Profile

Nowhere is the world closer

Students from nearly all 50 states and from more than70 countries are prepared at Earlham College for lives of purpose and accomplishment. 

What brings students to Earlham?For starters, a world-class faculty. For the past seven years, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Earlham among the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the country for its “unusually” strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. Earlham professors are scholars who teach. They are invested in their students’ success in the classroom and beyond. Of the approximately 100 full-time faculty members, 96% hold a doctorate or the highest degree in their field. The student-faculty ratiois 9:1, and the average class size is15 students. Faculty and students are on a first-name basis in order to emphasize that they are partners in learning.

What course will you set? Environmental studies? Peace and global studies? Neuroscience? Maybe you’ve never heard of border studies or encountered a major in human development and social relations. At Earlham you will. The College’s program offerings will introduce you to new concepts, new ideas, and even carry you to new lands and continents. Along the way, you just may change your life and shape your world.

The Earlham experience
A global perspective comes naturally to the campus community. U.S.News & World Report ranks Earlham sixth among all colleges and universities in the United States for the percentage of international students enrolled.

With such a variety of students, campus life at Earlham is both lively and welcoming. Earlham embraces cultural and individual differences alike and offers unparalleled opportunities for leadership, friendship, and community.

Earlham students also share something else in common: they strive to be “fully present,” and this influences everything from their studies to campus life. What does being fully present mean? It means being thoroughly immersed in your learning. It means being completely invested in a community of people who listen to each other and learn from new perspectives. It’s about more than finding answers. It’s about finding better questions. It means being comfortable with who you are as you explore your place in the world. And it’s about understanding that being fully present is the best way to become fully prepared for a successful, meaningful future in a changing world.

Programs and career paths
Earlham offers 34 majors, 35 minors, and six independent programs, including pre-professional preparation in health care, law, and engineering. It also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching for those interested in secondaryeducation teaching certification. A Center for Integrated Learning assists all students in exploring career paths, in part through well-considered domestic and international internships.  Earlham alumni are making an impact in all 50 states and throughout the world as scientists, teachers, lawyers, ministers, executives, physicians, writers, and organizational leaders.

Earlham is a residential college located in the small city of Richmond, Indiana, and is about an hour’s drive from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Dayton. Students are involved in more than 60 student organizations. Activities range from student government, performing arts, and special interests to athletics and intramural sports. The Earlham community is also renowned for its engagement in community service and social justice.

The College’s 16 women’s and men’s varsity teams compete in NCAA Division III as members of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The College’s student-athletes represent the best of collegiate athletics as both athletes and students, regularly distinguishing themselves by earning athletic and academic honors.

In the last three years, Earlham has invested more than $70 million in its campus. New and reno-vated science facilities provide state-of-the-art research labs for undergraduates. The new Center for Visual and Performance Arts provides enhanced opportunities for student participation in the arts. New athletic fields reflect the College’s pride in its intercollegiate teams.

“After being here for four years, I can say that this is an elite place without the elitism.”
— Ryder Comstock, Class of 2013



• “If every college and university sharpened young minds and consciences as effectively as Earlham does, this country would approach utopia.”
— Colleges That Change Lives
• “Although Earlham students are based in the Midwest, they graduate ready to take on the world, thanks to the school’s cooperative can-do spirit, international perspective, and caring student-faculty community.”
— Fiske’s Guide to Colleges
• Graduates from the past five years have earned such prestigious awards as the Fulbright
Scholarship, 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.

• Earlham ranks 30th out of all U.S. colleges and universities (more than 1,500 schools) in its percentage of graduates who go on to earn research doctorates, a distinction that demonstrates both the level of academic quality and mentoring at Earlham.