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

Founded by Quakers in 1847, Earlham College offers a distinctive focus on collaboration and hands-on learning—including funded internships or research opportunities for every student—as it prepares graduates for lives of purpose and accomplishment.

What brings students to Earlham? For starters, a world-class faculty. Among all schools, The Princeton Review ranks Earlham seventh in the nation for “Best Classroom Experience.” U.S. News & World Report regularly includes Earlham in its list of schools with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.

Pre-health career advising
Earlham graduates have a 90% acceptance rate to medical school and other health-related graduate programs. Earlham’s health career advisors have decades of experience, are active in the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, and make use of a cutting-edge e-portfolio advising system for Pre-health students. In recent years, Earlham’s Pre-health advising has helped graduates gain admission to top schools such as the University of Chicago, Dartmouth, and Harvard.

Pre-health preparation
Earlham Pre-health students are given opportunities to excel. One of those key opportunities is the EPIC Advantage, Earlham’s commitment to fund an internship or research experience for every student. Earlham is one of the only schools to make such an offer, and it allows students, regardless of income, to find opportunities in the United States or internationally for research or career-empowering internships.

The practical experience that students gain through Earlham has helped recent graduates find work in laboratories at the National Institutes of Health and the Schepens Eye Institute (an affiliate of Harvard Medical School). Others have gone directly to top graduate programs, with several earning pre-doctoral fellowships from the National Science Foundation. 



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

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

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

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. Most faculty members have completed research with students.

Students are involved in more than 60 student organizations. Earlham has an active Pre-health Club (includes chapter of AMSA), a HOSA chapter, and a student-run MCAT preparation course.

In recent years, 40% of Earlham students who applied to medical school also played varsity athletics. The College is a member of NCAA Division III and fields 20 varsity sports.

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

Off-campus adventures
Fifty percent of Earlham students who applied to medical school participated in an international off-campus program.  


• “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
• Graduates from the past five years have earned prestigious awards such 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 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