Earlham College

Richmond, IN

Earlham College

Richmond, IN

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We believe that a college education isn’t just about what you learn—it’s also about who’s in the classroom.

As a community dedicated to excellence in liberal arts education and informed by Quaker principles, Earlham College welcomes the contributions of divergent voices as we seek to foster a deep, shared sense of purpose. A diversity of human experiences and viewpoints in our learning community strengthens the educational experience of all members of the community.

We believe that a college education isn’t just about what you learn—it’s also about who’s in the classroom. Over 20% of Earlhamites are international students, and over 60% of Earlhamites study off campus for a semester or more. The diversity of our student body and the emphasis we place on global learning bring depth and richness to classroom conversations.

We are also proud to be a part of the Davis United World College Scholars Program, a major philanthropic force in promoting international understanding. United World Colleges (UWC) is an organization committed to making “education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.” Students pursuing the International Baccalaureate (IB) degree through its world-wide network of 13 colleges and schools combine academic achievement with international appreciation.

The Davis Scholars Program offers scholarships to graduates of the United World Colleges schools who are enrolling at one of the participating US colleges and universities. Earlham is one of 92 US institutions that receive Davis Scholars funding. Earlham has a generous financial aid policy for UWC graduates with strong academic preparation and demonstrated financial need. 



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 College is located in Richmond, Indiana, a small city with a population of 40,000. Richmond sits on the Indiana/Ohio border and is about an hour from Dayton, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Indianapolis, Indiana-three large cities that offer tremendous opportunities for cultural activity. Earlham students enjoy the peaceful, friendly atmosphere on campus and in the surrounding area.

At A Glance

Type of College: Private, residential, undergraduate, liberal arts and sciences college founded in 1847 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Size of Campus: 800 acres, including a 600-acre wooded back campus area used for scientific research and student enjoyment

Geographic Diversity: International students make up approximately 21% of the total student body at Earlham. Our dynamic campus includes more than 200 international students, faculty, and language assistants from more than 60 countries.

Number of Faculty: 89 full-time teaching faculty, 95% of whom hold doctoral or terminal degrees in their field of expertise

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Earlham College awards the Bachelor of Arts degree in over 30 disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs.

International Student Services: There are three international student advisers who will prepare your I20, provide guidance throughout the visa process, welcome you to campus, and offer support during your four years at Earlham. In addition you will have a faculty adviser and have access to peer mentors, teaching assistants, and a writing center. Find out more.

International Student Budget: The 2020-2021 cost for tuition, fees, room, meal plan, health insurance, and estimated amounts for books and personal spending is $61,538. Last year, the average financial award (scholarship and grant) for international students was $30,000.

Financial Aid: Merit scholarships are awarded to students who have distinguished themselves academically. This year, the merit scholarships are $20,000-$30,000, and are awarded for up to eight semesters if GPA requirements are maintained. Institutional grants are awarded based on demonstrated financial need and academic accomplishments. Earlham does not award scholarships or grants for room, food, and other costs (such as books, personal items, flights to/from campus, and other indirect costs). Students and families need to be able to contribute at least $25,000.

Test Score Requirements: All students must provide verification of English proficiency in order to apply for an F1 visa. Earlham accepts score reports for the following tests: TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, GTEC, ISA, SAT and ACT. 

Current accepted tests and minimum required scores are:

Test Required Recommended
SAT – EBRW 400 600
ACT – Reading 20 26
TOEFL - total 79 92
IELTS – total 6.0 7.0
Duolingo – total 105 115
GTEC – total 1192 1255
ISE – total ISE II Merit ISE III Pass

Earlham is test score optional regarding the SAT and ACT. Students are not required to take one of these college entrance exam. 

Application Deadlines and Fees:
Early Action: December 1
Regular Decision: March 1

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