Earlham College

Richmond, IN

Earlham College

Richmond, IN

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“If you’re looking for a place that takes you seriously and helps you create a vision for your life—not just your career but your whole life—Earlham might be the place for you.”   Colleges That Change Lives

How do we measure success? At Earlham, it all comes down to the ways our students and alumni are shaping the world. Earlham is a collaborative learning community that inspires and motivates, providing transformative opportunities and experiences—so our students are better equipped to be catalysts for good in a changing world.

With a distinctive focus on collaboration and hands-on learning—including funded internships or research opportunities for every student—Earlham College prepares graduates for lives of purpose and accomplishment.  

What brings students to Earlham? For starters, a world-class faculty. Earlham is renowned for its unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, consistently ranking as a “Best Classroom Experience” by The Princeton Review, among other accolades.

The power of our purpose
Earlham was founded by Quakers, and their purpose-driven heritage remains with us to this day in our shared desire to live by some important core values: respect for persons, integrity, peace and justice, simplicity and community. No, you don’t need to be a Quaker to be an Earlhamite. In fact, most of us aren’t. Earlhamites come from all faiths and no faith, from various political and socio-economic backgrounds, and many different sexual, gender, racial and ethnic identities.

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 Program for an Integrative Curriculum, in order to best support and prepare students.

A key component of this initiative is the EPIC Advantage. The EPIC Advantage is Earlham’s guarantee that every student has the opportunity to pursue a major career-discerning experience, such as an internship or summer research experience, before graduation.

Intentional global influences and perspectives
A global perspective comes naturally to the campus community. Earlham is ranked fifth by U.S. News & World Report among liberal arts colleges for its percentage of international students enrolled.

The diversity of our student body is a critical piece of Earlham life, and 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 ranks in the top 2% for its percentage of graduates who go on to earn research doctorates


Fifth among liberal arts colleges for its percentage of international students enrolled | U.S. News & World Report


Seventh in the nation for “Best Classroom Experience” | The Princeton Review


Regularly included list of schools with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching | U.S. News & World Report

Marks of Distinction

• “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 Guide to Colleges 

• Recent graduates 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 United States, Earlham also ranks in the top 2% for its percentage of graduates who go on to earn research doctorates, a distinction that demonstrates the level of academic quality and mentoring at Earlham.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “After being here for four years, I can say that this is an elite place without the elitism.”

    • Ryder Comstock
      recent graduate