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Earlham College

Richmond, IN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate73%

Earlham College Admissions

It is very difficult to get into Earlham College. Around 73% of applicants get into Earlham College each year. Last year, 1,375 students applied to Earlham College and 1,007 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Earlham College, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 3/1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who submit their applications to Earlham College for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Earlham College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Earlham College's admissions stats.

Earlham College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 25%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Waitlist No

Earlham College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Earlham College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes
Regular Decision Yes 3 1 April 1

Applying Early to Earlham College?

Earlham College does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Some students apply early because they hope it will boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it shows your interest in a school.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Earlham College Admissions

Transferring to Earlham College

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Earlham College

Earlham College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

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 when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. 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
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Class Rank Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Work Experience 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. Double check 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
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, 51% submitted a class rank. At Earlham College 25% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 53% were in the top 25% and 95% 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 30%
3.75 and 3.99 16%
3.50 and 3.74 19%
3.25 and 3.49 15%
3.00 and 3.24 10%
2.50 and 2.9 10%
2.00 and 2.49

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

More Information on Transferring to Earlham College

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

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is June 1. Applicants should hear back by June 4.

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

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer 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.

Do I have to submit test scores to Earlham College?

✅ Earlham College is not test optional.

What is Earlham College's acceptance rate?

✅ Earlham College has an acceptance rate of 73%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Earlham College?

❌ Earlham College does not offer early decision.

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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 73%. This means that the institution accepts 73 out of every 100 applicants.


Earlham College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Earlham College is Jun 1.

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

Earlham College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available

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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Application Deadline

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