Earlham College

Earlham College appears in these rankings:

50 Best Value Rankings: Best Small Colleges

 30 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the Midwest 

30 Best Value Colleges and Universities in Indiana 2018

Earlham College was originally established in 1847 as a boarding school for Quaker teens. By 1859, Earlham expanded into higher education and became the United States' third college affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends. Although it remains loyal to its Quaker roots, Earlham College now admits over 1,100 co-educational students of diverse faiths. Earlham proudly stands as a private, non-profit liberal arts institution with an affiliated seminary, the Earlham School of Religion. Endowed for $405 million, Earlham is located on an 200-acre urban campus in Richmond, Indiana, around 72 miles east of Indianapolis. Primarily a residential, baccalaureate college, Earlham maintains a high freshman retention rate of 85 percent.

According to the U.S. News, Earlham College is the 61st best national liberal arts school and 26th top value with the 24th best undergraduate teaching. Forbes magazine ranked Earlham as America's 106th best private college with an A+ financial grade. The NSF placed Earlham 27th nationally for percentage of graduates who pursue PhDs. Earlham College was honored within Loren Pope's book, Colleges That Change Lives. Peter L. Arango also mentioned Earlham in America's Best Kept College Secrets. Along with Oberlin and Amherst, Earlham lands within the nation's top 30 liberal arts college producing Fulbright Scholars. In Washington Monthly, Earlham College ranked #1 in Indiana for social mobility and service.

Earlham College Accreditation Details

Reaffirmed in 2014 for 10 years, Earlham College is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC-NCA). This regional agency accredits Midwestern colleges in 19 states for the U.S. Department of Education. The Earlham School of Religion also holds specialized accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Earlham College Application Requirements

Getting into Earlham College isn't easy with the "more selective" acceptance rate of 64.5 percent. Graduating high school seniors exhibiting Earlham's concern for social justice, peace, and integrity are encouraged to apply. Admission requires completing a high school diploma with at least 15 academic units, including four in English and three in math. Credits in studio or performing arts are also preferred. On average, admitted students have a high school GPA of 3.5. Freshmen have achieved a mean SAT score of 1840 and ACT score of 28. Earlham is test-optional though, except for homeschoolers. Application review is holistic, so being active in community service and extra-curricular activities is desirable.

Undergraduate transfers can be admitted during the fall semester to carry over 12 to 75 credits from other regionally accredited colleges. Incoming transfers must be in good standing at their previously attended school. Maintaining a collegiate GPA of 2.5 or higher is preferable. Only courses graded "C" or better will qualify for transfer candidates. International students from non-English speaking backgrounds must pass the TOEFL or SAT Reasoning Test in English. A certification of finances is required too. The Master of Arts in Teaching mandates that graduate applicants hold an accredited bachelor's degree. Graduates should hold a minimum major GPA of 3.0 and GRE scores above 300 for the verbal and quantitative sub-sections.

Earlham College has an Early Decision deadline on November 1st, Early Action deadline on January 15th, and Regular Decision deadline on February 15th. Before these dates, interested students should submit the following to the Office of Admissions:

• Free, online Common Application form
• Official high school or college transcripts
• At least one teacher's recommendation
• Secondary school counselor report
• Standardized testing scores (optional)
• Well-written, original application essay
• Proof of English language competency (if foreign)

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduates are charged $44,370 in yearly tuition regardless of state residence. Living on-campus will require paying approximately $4,950 for dorm housing and $4,620 for meal plans each year. Required academic fees total $930 per year. Earlham College suggests budgeting $1,200 for textbooks and $1,800 for personal expenses annually. Total yearly cost of attendance for undergraduates is $54,870. Tuition within the Earlham School of Religion charges $540 per credit, or $14,823 per full-time year. The Master of Arts in Teaching program requires flat-rate tuition of $27,800, including fees and textbooks. Earlham students are expected to provide a $200 enrollment deposit.

Statistics from the NCES show that 97 percent of beginning, full-time students receive tuition assistance. More than $27.7 million is granted in annual financial aid. Institutional awards like the Rariden Scholarship, Quaker Fellows Scholarship, Bonner Scholarship, and Cunningham Cultural Scholarship are numerous. Many Earlham students are National Merit Award finalists. Certain learners could be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant or FSEOG Grant. Indiana residents should apply for the Higher Education Award and 21st Century Scholarships. There's also a need-based Earlham College Grant. Federal College Work-Study (FCWS) is funded for 10 hours per week. Students demonstrating financial need over $13,650 could borrow Federal Perkins, Direct Stafford, and PLUS loans. M.A.T. graduates could qualify for the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.

Degrees Available at Earlham

Earlham College currently offers 34 bachelor's degrees in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and visual/performing arts. Four pre-professional tracks are offered from business to healthcare. Only one graduate program is conferred – the Master of Arts in Teaching with initial Indiana licensure. The Earlham School of Religion has separate Master of Divinity and Master of Ministry programs. With a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, over 80 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students for personalized learning. International programs can also take students abroad to countries like Ireland, Peru, Japan, and Tanzania. One notable degree is the:

B.A. Human Development and Social Relations

Grounded in Quaker values, the B.A. Human Development and Social Relations program at Earlham College takes an interdisciplinary approach to training students to solve problems impacting contemporary societal systems. The broad-based major develops the 120-credit curriculum to prepare ethical leaders who creatively curtail social injustices. This bachelor's degree is ideal for undergraduates considering careers in social work, counseling, ministry, public policy, and human services. Students benefit from completing a 200-hour field placement in community organizations, either domestic or overseas. Hands-on experience advocating for peace supplement courses in psychology, sociology, anthropology, culture, conflict resolution, ethics, and social thought. HDSR majors can also join Earlham's service clubs like Action Against Sexual Violence and Spectrum.

Other unique degrees offered at Earlham College include the B.A. Ancient and Classical Studies, B.A. Japanese Studies, B.S. Neuroscience, and B.F.A. Theatre Arts.