An Earlham education emphasizes preparation — not only for successful careers, but also for lives of purpose and meaning. From their first days on campus, students are well prepared for the many paths available to them following graduation, and leave campus confident that they will succeed in whichever paths they choose. Some immediately focus their passions toward a career, while a large number enroll in top graduate programs. Others embark on service experiences in the Peace Corps and other volunteer organizations.
Whatever the path, Earlhamites are prepared to look beyond themselves and engage the world in all of its complexity. Our alumni are confident people of action, who strive to make positive differences in the world. Earlham has prepared them to be life-long learners — years after graduation, they are still asking big questions and seeking their own answers.
"For the last 15 years I have been doing diversity, anti-discrimination and intercultural training and consulting. My clients are global, and I have worked on projects in more than 30 countries" says Melissa Lamson '91 .
Ken Edgett ’87 is a senior research scientist at Malin Space Science Systems and the principal investigator for the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, which touched down on the Red Planet on Aug. 6, 2012.
Annalee Flower Horne '08 has found a professional home on Capitol Hill. Having an interest in public service and policy, and in making the world a better place," she's a staff assistant for Congressman Peter Stark (D- California).
The list of Earlham’s “remarkable” alumni is a who’s who of international leaders, scientific researchers, business owners, writers and artists, but we find one recurring similarity throughout the list. Whether it’s in or out of the spotlight, about 30 percent of graduates surveyed reported that most or all of their work was oriented to social change.
Earlham ranks 29th among 1,306 U.S. institutions of higher learning for the percentage of graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D., a statistic especially remarkable given Earlham’s size. Several academic programs receive particular attention for their success in preparing students for post-baccalaureate education.