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Pre-Professional Studies

Engineering | Health Sciences | Law

Engineering

Earlham offers a 3-2 program in engineering, in which a student takes foundational science and distribution courses at Earlham for three years, then spends an additional two years at an accredited engineering school. At the end of those five years, the student receives two degrees: a B.A. from Earlham and a B.S. from the engineering program.

Our students most often choose to attend Columbia University, University of Minnesota and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

According to HEDS, Earlham is ranked 109th (in the 92th percentile) among 1,469 institutions of higher learning in the U.S. in the percentage of graduates who go on to receive Ph.D.s in industrial engineering.

For more information about this opportunity, students should speak to Professor of Physics and Astronomy John Howell — the 3/2 Liaison Officer. Information about this program also can be found in the Curriculum Guide under Physics and Astronomy.

Health Sciences

Earlham students who are interested in Health Sciences careers should design academic plans that incorporate all the minimum admission requirements of all American medical, dental and veterinary schools. While the curriculum is flexible, one should strive to complete the biology, chemistry, physics and math minimum requirements prior to the MCAT, DAT or VCAT exams in the spring of the junior year. According to HEDS, Earlham is ranked seventh (in the 99th percentile) among 1,469 institutions of higher learning in the U.S. in the percentage of graduates who go on to receive Ph.D.s in the medical sciences.

Interested students should discuss this program of study with their advisers and with the Health Services Adviser as early as possible in their academic careers. Early planning promotes flexibility and makes exciting academic programs possible.

Students applying to medical, dental or veterinary schools are required to have completed two full years of chemistry with labs, one full year of physics with labs, calculus, and one or more years of biology. Questions concerning this schedule should be directed to the Health Services Advisory Committee.

For more information about professional health sciences, visit our page on Health Careers Advising.

Law

Earlham’s Legal Studies program, although not narrowly a pre-professional program, attracts many students who are interested in a career in law. Students who expect to attend law school after receiving their B.A. should know that the best law schools welcome students who have had the sort of broad liberal arts education that Earlham offers. Many Earlham students attend law school after graduating from Earlham having majored in such diverse fields as Politics, Philosophy, English, History and Economics (to name a few), and have enjoyed successful legal careers. According to HEDS, Earlham is ranked 149th (in the 89th percentile) among 1,469 institutions of higher learning in the U.S. in the percentage of graduates who go on to receive Ph.D.s in law.

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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
47374-4095
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