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3 College Sophomore

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

4 College Junior

Diversity: Top #5 in terms of diversity

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: For its size, Earlham is one of the most diverse colleges I have ever been to. It is not uncommon to hear three different languages being spoken just on your way to class, and something like 20% of the student body are international students. In terms of financial status, Earlham's compliance with students' needs make it diverse in this aspect as well, especially by means of the Bonner Scholars Program. I've known people who go here free of charge or who only pay a few thousand a year, a price that is unbeatable at most other schools. As for political beliefs, the school seems to be overwhelmingly liberal, though I've met a few conservatives (all of whom tend to be on the football or baseball teams).

5 College Junior

Diversity: There are many different religions, ethnicities, political beliefs, and religious backgrounds also sexual orientations on Earlham College campus. The students are amazing and very accepting it's the administration that must be wearied. I found myself very pleased though with all the amazing people I was able to meet. I am now friends with students all over the world. This is easy to do considering the small population and the high rate of exchange students. My first year I lived with a wonderful woman from Uganda, had friends from Swazi, Nigeria, Serbia, Mali, Spain, Greece, Russia, Sri Lanka, and the list goes on...

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people from absolutely everywhere here; I have many friends who are international students or exchange students.


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While our diversity pales in comparison to public urban universities, Earlham usually has the political wherewithal to back initiatives with more than just political correctness. The College is not where it could be, but students and faculty care about this complex issue and are politically informed enough to speak up on behalf of diversity. The degree of socioeconomic diversity stands as evidence of the generous need-based financial aid at Earlham that outpaces comparable schools in the region. The large international student population and the Japanese exchange program also contribute. Sure, Earlham is predominantly liberal, but many right-leaning students and professors aren't afraid to voice their opinions either. These factors lead to an ongoing, campus-wide discussion on the difficulties of overcoming global issues within the context of an academic community.

Earlham provides a truly incredible place for people of many races, nations, sexualities, and ideologies to come together in ways that are not possible on most college campuses, but sometimes, we need to be more careful about not blinding ourselves with self-congratulation. Earlham can and often does live up to its self-promoted image of inclusion and welcome. However, self-segregation and homogeneity within racial groups should not be ignored. We have plenty of room for improvement, but this issue is not one that students or faculty are going to be shying away from any time soon.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 35%
20-21: 41%
22-24: 13%
25+: 5%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 9%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 82%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Spectrum holds weekly meetings, plans events, and organizes an annual Pride Week. While there have been some hate-related incidents which are not to be ignored, for the most part, Earlham is a safe and welcoming place to people of all genders and sexual orientations.
Political Activity
Most students at Earlham identify themselves as liberal, and because the College is largely oriented toward motivating students to be socially conscious and globally responsible, many students are attracted to political activity. Some students, however, can be frustrated by their limited access to large urban centers and see this as a barrier to becoming involved with social-justice movements. Earlham is a really great place to come if you're interested in critically questioning and evaluating mechanisms of social change.
Economic Status
The simple fact that Earlham is a small, private liberal arts college keeps tuition high and socioeconomic diversity low compared to an urban, public institution with comparatively cheaper rates. Because many members of the Earlham community are dedicated to diversifying the student body, the College is willing to put a lot of money into need-based assistance. Thus, Earlham outpaces many colleges in the GLCA (Great Lakes Colleges Association) and comparable colleges across the nation by reaching out to lower-income students with substantial financial aid packages.
Most Common Religions
Quakerism plays a large role in campus ideals (equality, simplicity, so forth) and has a long tradition of promoting religious freedom. Earlham students represent a great range of religions, and even reach out quite a bit to share their customs and beliefs with others. Every Friday, Beit Kehillah (the Jewish Cultural Center) hosts a pot-luck Sabbat dinner.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs exist at Earlham, but they don't have an overwhelming presence. Earlham's small size means that the activity of student clubs will vary year to year, depending on student interest and commitment. Minority clubs most often host cultural and educational speakers, events, and films. Some minority clubs include the Asian Student Union, the Black Student Union, the International Student Coalition, Black Men United, Pan African Society at Earlham, Black Ladies at Earlham, Spectrum, and the Womyn's Center.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 16 responses

  • 44% Progressive/very liberal
  • 50% Liberal
  • 6% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 18 responses

  • 39% Progressive/very liberal
  • 56% Liberal
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 18 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 57% Democratic
  • 0% Independent
  • 14% Other party not mentioned
  • 29% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 57% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 43% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 13 responses

  • 69% Very accepting.
  • 15% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 15% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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