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Earlham College

Richmond, IN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate69%
Acceptance Rate69%

Earlham College Admissions

Consult with Earlham College's admissions department for more information on applying.

Students who apply to Earlham College for the fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than March 15.

Earlham College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Earlham College's admissions stats.

Earlham College 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 25%
Mean SAT Score 1230
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 29%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 20%
Waitlist Yes

Earlham College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Earlham College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes December 1 January 15

Applying Early to Earlham College?

Earlham College may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with Earlham College directly for more information about early applications.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 1. Earlham College will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Earlham College Admissions

Transferring to Earlham College

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Earlham College

In 2022, Earlham College waitlisted 51 students and 48 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 19 eventually were offered a spot.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Earlham College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Earlham College

What does Earlham College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Earlham College for more information on admission factors.

Earlham College Application Requirements

To apply to Earlham College, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Earlham College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Earlham College?

Students admitted to Earlham College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 42% submitted a class rank. At Earlham College 25% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 56% were in the top 25% and 8% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Earlham College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 25.44%
3.75 and 3.99 20.71%
3.50 and 3.74 17.75%
3.25 and 3.49 11.24%
3.00 and 3.24 12.43%
2.50 and 2.9 8.88%
2.00 and 2.49 2.96%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Earlham College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Earlham College does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Earlham College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 29% of Earlham College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 20% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

To be competitive with other Earlham College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1110 and 1320 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Earlham College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1320 and 25% of scored lower than 1110, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Earlham College student is 1230.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Earlham College students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Earlham College students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

To be most competitive at Earlham College, you should strive to earn between 26 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Earlham College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Earlham College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

More Information on Transferring to Earlham College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Earlham College.

Transfer students can enroll in Earlham College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Earlham College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Earlham College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Earlham College.

Does Earlham College accept transfer credits?

✅ Earlham College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Earlham College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Earlham College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits but does not accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Earlham College?

❌ No, Earlham College is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to include your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Earlham College's acceptance rate?

✅ Earlham College has an acceptance rate of 69%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Earlham College?

🟨 Earlham College may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

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Earlham College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Earlham College? Earlham College is a very selective institution. The Earlham College acceptance rate is 69%. This means that the institution accepts 69 out of every 100 applicants.


Earlham College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

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

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

Earlham College ACT Scores


ACT Range

26 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above


26 to 30


26 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 26 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Earlham College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1110 - 1320


Math SAT Range

540 - 670


Reading SAT Range

560 - 670

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1320 and Above


1110 to 1320


1110 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Earlham College students is 1230. Applicants with SAT scores of 1320 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Earlham College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1110 to 1320 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1110 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Earlham College.

Earlham College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Earlham College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.67. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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