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Earlham College

Richmond, IN 4-Year Private

About Earlham College

Earlham College is a private, religous school located in the small town setting of Richmond, IN, less than an hour from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Dayton.

Founded in 1847, the institution currently enrolls around 1,005 students a year, including 957 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Earlham College's endowment was valued at $425,400,000 in 2021. For each full-time student, Earlham College spends about $25,840.

2021 Admissions Facts About Earlham College

Acceptance rate: 63%

Average GPA: 3.63

Mean ACT score: 27

Mean SAT score: 1230

Early Decision or Early Action: No/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: February 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 15

What's the acceptance rate at Earlham College in 2020?

Admission to Earlham College is very difficult. Around 63 percent of all applicants to Earlham College are accepted each year.

The average high school GPA for a student at Earlham College is 3.63 on a 4.0 scale. The mean composite SAT score is 1230. The mean ACT scores is 27.

In 2021, 166 applicants were waitlisted and 61 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Earlham College a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Earlham College, around 80 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 253 students who started at Earlham College as first-time freshman, 142 graduate within four years.

Around 64 percent of students who started at Earlham College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 60 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $34,000 a year. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $26,103 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Earlham College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Earlham College a good school for YOU?

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February 15 is the final deadline to submit an application for next Fall. All applicants will receive an admissions decision by March 15.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. Or, visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about Earlham College and get personalized recommendations for colleges and universities that offer what you're looking for in a school.

College Info

801 National Road West Richmond, IN 47374-4095

Campus Setting: Small Town

Earlham College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Earlham College is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Earlham College is Apr 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Earlham College ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above


23 to 30


23 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Earlham College is 27. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into Earlham College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Earlham College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1120 - 1340


Math SAT Range

550 - 690


Reading SAT Range

550 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1340 and Above


1120 to 1340


1120 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Earlham College students is 1230. Applicants with SAT scores of 1340 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Earlham College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1120 to 1340 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1120 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Earlham College.

Earlham College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Earlham College is like? There are approximately 1,005 students enrolled at Earlham College, including 957 undergraduate students and 48 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 10% percent are from IN and 90% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


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