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Impressions Of
Earlham College

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Reasons to attend and to not attend Earlham College

To Attend

  • “The exposure to different types of cultures and communities. It’s a hot spot for that.” [The undergraduate population is about 22% international.]
  • “The small class sizes and the one on one experience with your professors.” [The average class size is 13.5.]
  • “If you can get a really good financial aid package and intend on going to graduate school, Earlham is the school for you. We have a really good graduate school placement rate. We set students up to be academics. There is a lot of research that goes on in the classroom.” [Earlham is ranked 36th among 1,592 institutions of higher learning in the U.S. in the percentage of graduates who go on to receive PhDs.]
  • “If you’re into the idea of engaging the community that you’re going to be in, it’s really easy to do community service in Richmond.”
  • “If you’re really into getting involved in things, it’s really easy at Earlham. If you’re someone who wants a strong resume by the end of your senior year and wants really solid letters of recommendation.”
  • “The staff and faculty truly care about whether you succeed or not, and they’ll push you as an individual to be your best.”

To Not Attend

  • “Richmond is a small town and we have a small campus and there isn’t a lot of stuff to do in Richmond. If you like going out and having fun, Richmond might not be the place for you.”
  • “If you’re looking for a traditional college party scene, that’s not Earlham.”
  • “It’s really expensive.” [Total costs in 2020-21 for domestic students are about $59,000.]
  • “Being a small school that nobody knows about is a negative in my opinion. A lot of people at Earlham like to think we’re a fancy and renowned school when we’re really not. For the amount of work we do, it is a good school. But, if nobody knows how much work you put in to get the grades you have, people may just see it as going to an easy school.”
  • “As easy as it is to get those opportunities for your resume, half the battle is your work. If somebody isn’t willing to put in the work you shouldn’t come.”
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