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Undergrad Profile

“If every college and university sharpened young minds and consciences as effectively as Earlham does, this country would approach utopia.” — Colleges That Change Lives

Nowhere is the world closer
Students from nearly all 50 states and from more than 60 countries are prepared at Earlham College for lives of purpose and accomplishment. 

What brings students to Earlham? For starters, a world-class faculty. Earlham is ranked among the top 25 liberal arts colleges in the country for its “unusually” strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. Earlham professors are scholars who teach.

Intriguing programs
What course will you set? Peace and Global Studies? Environmental 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.

EPIC: A distinctive approach to education
Earlham is known for producing graduates who engage the world’s most challenging problems with both practicality and optimism. Earlham has shaped its curriculum through an initiative called EPIC, the Earlham Plan for Integrative Collaboration, in order to best support and prepare them.

EPIC offers students multidisciplinary experiences that combine guided research opportunities, international education, internships, and a range of curricular offerings. EPIC is also designed to help students connect disparate experiences—like an internship, a summer research experience, an off-campus program, traditional course work, and even extracurricular activities—into a comprehensive experience.

Among the core features of EPIC is the Integrated Pathway. Besides choosing a major, students also select a set of four to six thematic courses, called an Integrated Pathway (IP). The IP experience is designed to help students make intentional connections between their academic interests and possible careers.

An uncommon campus experience
A global perspective comes naturally to the campus community. Earlham is ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report 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.





• “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 Rhodes Scholarship, 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.

• Of all colleges and universities in the US, Earlham also ranks in the top 2% for 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.

EARLHAM overview 

Earlham is a residential college of about 1,100 students, and its beautiful campus is located on 800 acres in the city of Richmond, Indiana. It’s about an hour’s drive from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Dayton.

Academic Programs
Earlham offers 46 academic programs and also provides excellent pre-professional preparation for business, health care, engineering, law, teaching, and the Peace Corps. Earlham students study, research, and hold internships in locations across the United States and around the world.

Career Paths
Earlham alumni are making an impact throughout the world as scientists, teachers, lawyers, ministers, executives, physicians, writers, and organizational leaders.

The student-faculty ratio is 9:1, and 70% of classes have 15 or fewer students. Faculty and students are on a first-name basis in order to emphasize that they are partners in learning.

Students are involved in more than 60 student organizations. The Earlham community is also renowned for its engagement in community service and social justice.

The College is a member of the NCAA Division III and participates in baseball (M), basketball (M/W), cross-country (M/W), field hockey (W), football (M), golf (M/W), lacrosse (M/W), soccer (M/W), tennis (M/W), track & field (M/W), and volleyball (W).

In recent years Earlham has invested more than $70 million in new or renovated buildings, including a student center, science facilities with state-of-the-art research labs, a center for visual and performing arts, and baseball and soccer stadiums.