Earlham College

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

Because the world demands courage, creativity and fresh ways forward 

With a distinctive focus on collaboration and hands-on learning – including the offer of 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 known for its unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. Earlham professors are scholars who teach. 

Students and professors work side by side everywhere from classrooms and labs to rain forests and glaciers. A large percentage of Earlham professors also include students in their research on some of the important challenges facing the world today, often leading to co-authored publications.

Our collaborative approach to learning means that our graduates are exceptionally well prepared to connect with others from different backgrounds, lead diverse groups and build strong personal networks. And from the day they step on campus, students engage with a team of advisors who will know them well and help them prepare for success after graduation.


EPIC: A distinctive approach 

Earlham has shaped its curriculum through an initiative called EPIC, a series of transformative educational experiences like study abroad, summer research experiences, team-based projects, internships and extracurricular activities. Whatever career you are getting ready for, EPIC was designed to give you the best sort of collegiate preparation and to stand out as a graduate.

Funded research or internship: A key component of this initiative is the EPIC Advantage, Earlham’s commitment to fund an internship or research experience for every student. Funding can go up to $5000 for EPIC Advantage internships, for example.

An uncommon campus experience

Earlham is a residential college of about 1,060 students, and its beautiful campus is located on 800 acres in the city of Richmond, Indiana. It is about an hour’s drive from Indianapolis, Cincinnati or Dayton. 

International students thrive at Earlham and make up approximately 21% of the total student body. Our dynamic campus includes more than 225 international students, faculty, and language assistants from more than 60 countries.

Founded by Quakers, Earlham has prepared students to contribute to peace and the social good since its inception. The College welcomes those of all faiths and embraces cultural and individual differences. Earlham's lively and accepting community provides rich opportunities for leadership, friendship and community.

International Student Services

Attending college in a country different than your own offers amazing opportunities to learn about another culture, different perspectives, and new ways of doing things. We also recognize that it can be overwhelming and perhaps a bigger challenge than you might have expected.

So the College provides many resources. Our international student advisers 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 advisor and have access to peer mentors, teaching assistants, and a writing center.


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 U.S., Earlham also ranks in the top 2 percent 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.

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Application information

Ways to apply:
Common Application: commonapp.org
Earlham Application: admissions.earlham.edu/apply
Early Decision (binding): November 1
Early Action I: November 15
Early Action II: January 1
Regular Decision: February 1

Earlham's financial information for international students: 2019-2020 cost of attendance is approximately USD $60,000. Last year, the average financial award per international student was USD $30,000. Earlham considers each international application for merit a scholarship and need-based financial assistance. 

Standardized Test Score Requirements: Every first-year international student is required to submit the results of at least one standardized test. This could be TOEFL (minimum 79), IELTS (minimum 6.0), Duolingo, or another standardized English proficiency test with published correlations to TOEFL or IELTS scores. Student whose first or primary language is English should submit results of SAT (minimum 400 on English section) or ACT (minimum 20 on the Reading section).


$45,000—$50,000 Year

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Biology, Business, Public Health

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Type of School


  • School Size

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  • Religious Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

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    City, Small/College town
  • Accreditation and Certification

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall
  • Test Scores

    TOEFL: 80+, IELTS: Band 6+, Duolingo: 120+

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