Earlham College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Richmond, IN
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
75 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Your professors live next door.
  • Farm Day
  • August Wilderness
  • Quaker ideology

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Your professors live next door.
  • Richmond
  • Dorm drama
  • Radical/liberal infighting

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

People come to Earlham for the academics, the Quaker principles, and the community. And, for the most part, they fall in love with the off-beat professors and student body. Earlham students are mostly fun, interesting, self-motivated, and incredibly involved on campus. Classes are compelling, and professors have a real love for their subjects and an investment in the students they teach. Quaker beliefs have mostly a positive and constructive presence on campus, helping remind staff and students to be mindful, open, and respectful. The opportunities are endless, and if Earlham's right for you, you're going to have an incredible four years. Surviving the crummy weather and the dismal off-campus dining scene will all be worth it.

Most people really love it here, and the positive attitude is contagious. However, be aware that all good things come at a price. If you get claustrophobic in small social scenes or small towns, look elsewhere. The small size is responsible for the best and the worst of Earlham life. Richmond can be quaint and grounding, but after four years, most Earlham students are excited to be off to more exciting destinations. The campus is safe, with decent campus food and more than decent campus housing. The nightlife is hit or miss, though, and students have mixed feelings about diversity and dating options. However, without Greek life, students agree that a wide array of social options are available without heavy drug use or overly strict security. As you move about, you won't have to hike from a faraway parking lot, but you might have to do a bit of hunting to find a car to borrow to get around town. Indiana weather is a strange bag, but you can always find refuge from a random thunderstorm in the lovely Wellness Center. If you're the Earlham type, you'll realize this school and everything that comes with it has amazing things to offer you.

Earlham Student Reviews

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: old buildings, Bundy has no A/C, and reslife is difficult to work with at times.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's a certain type of diversity you're seemingly allowed to have without being shunned.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lots of talk. Less action.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I didn't encounter any challenges. the professors and students alike are very welcoming and inclusive. Admissions cares more about the content of your character than test scores.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love it! lots of great opportunities, very available resources, and there's always someone to answer your questions.


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