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4 College Freshman

Academics: Work load difficult but worth it.

4 College Senior

Academics: Very decent. Good faculty, courses available.

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2 College Junior

Academics: Difficult if youre a science major

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  • 146th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 371st
    Most Caring Professors
  • 443rd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 522nd
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 786th
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anna Benfield
Takoma Park, Md.
Women's Studies
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There's no denying that at the core of a great education is a solid teaching staff. While students at Earlham may whine about the Residence Life personnel or this or that new policy, we consistently stand behind the great work of those who inspire and challenge us every day. At Earlham, all classes are taught by professors, and every department is chock-full of great educators who are willing to work their hardest to give students the tools they need to succeed. Professors have high expectations, but if you've gotten behind or don't really understand the material, most of them are highly available. Individual teaching styles aside, Earlham professors also almost invariably share the one quality that counts most: a passion for their subject matter. A great proportion of the teaching staff lives within a stone's throw of campus, as well, and they frequently organize and attend campus events. This means students and faculty get to know one another on a personal basis.

Earlham students are notoriously over-involved on campus, so the fact that we really do care about our classes can cause some stressful crunch days. This isn't to say that studying will completely overtake your waking hours, though. The workload is serious, but not overwhelming. Choose classes you're really interested in (don't sweat fulfilling all the gen-ed requirements your first year) so you'll have more fun learning. If you work hard, you'll reap the benefits of this inspiring academic community.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 76%
  • 20 to 49 students: 21%
  • 50 or more students: 3%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual & Performing Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Divinity, Ministry, and Pre-Theology: 3%
  • High School Education: 4%
  • Psychology: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Coffee Shop
  • Landrum Bolling Center couches
  • Lilly Library
  • Wildman Science Library
  • Womyn's Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't change your major too many times.
  • Explore Richmond—don't take it at face value.
  • Follow your heart—no, really!
  • Get involved, but not too involved.
  • Go on August Wilderness if you can.
  • Play sports.
  • Take a true variety of classes.
  • Take classes that interest you.
  • Talk to your professors.
  • Try out different study spots and figure out what works for you before you get behind.
Did You Know?
  • Earlham is one of a dwindling number of colleges currently practicing need-blind admissions, meaning admissions decisions are made without any regard to the financial need of the applicant.
  • Earlham maintains close ties with Japan, and its bachelor's program in Japanese studies is one of the oldest and best of its kind in the nation.
  • Earlham students have the option of enrolling in May Term, which includes courses taught both on and off campus.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 10 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 12 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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