Earlham College Listed Among Best Value Colleges

September 10, 2013

Earlham College is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges listed among “Great Schools at a Great Price” in the 2014 U.S. News and World Report rankings released today.

This category, based on academic quality in comparison with the cost of attendance, comprises only institutions with strong overall institutional rankings, including such national liberal arts colleges as Bowdoin, Middlebury, Pomona, Carleton, Wellesley, Vassar and others. Earlham ranked 39th in this list.

“Validation of Earlham's value and position among leading liberal arts college is gratifying,” says David Dawson, president. “We take seriously the concerns of students and parents about college costs, and this helps to verify that we are on track in offering the essential benefits of a liberal arts education with a valued approach.” 

The College also ranked 11th among national colleges known for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” This category highlights national colleges where faculty has “an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching” based on peer institutions’ assessments. Institutions to make this list include Amherst, Carleton, Williams and Swarthmore.

Earlham provides extensive opportunities for students and faculty to interact in a cooperative community, often in collaborative research. Since 1986, the Ford/Knight Program has funded nearly 300 projects involving about 1,500 students working together with faculty.

“Our high ranking for undergraduate teaching is especially noteworthy because it highlights the mission of Earlham College,” says Jonathan Stroud, vice president for enrollment and communications. “Commitment to students is our most valued indicator of excellence.”

Also noteworthy, the College is ranked fifth among national liberal arts colleges for the largest percentage of international students on campus. Earlham students from across the nation are joined by peers from nearly 80 countries, which fosters an educational environment that produces a broadened perspective and an intellectual framework rich in global content.

Overall, U.S. News and World Report ranked Earlham 65th among all national liberal arts colleges. The rankings – including the component information on each college’s score – are available online at usnews.com.

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