Private 4 Year

Earlham Admission Requirements

Richmond, Indiana

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Your chances of getting into Earlham College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Earlham College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Earlham is 69%.  Its admission rate is the 10th lowest in Indiana.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Earlham and can you get accepted?

Earlham is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 1,146 out of the 1,659 who applied were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 30 percent on standardized admission tests. Earlham College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.67. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Earlham College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.67 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1220 on the SAT
  • Score 28 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Earlham College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 29% of students submitted SAT scores and 20% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Earlham SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Earlham College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 540
SAT Composite 25th 1100
SAT Scores for Earlham College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1340
Average SAT Score 1220

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Earlham College?

Earlham College is a test optional school meaning you are not required to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

Students who get into Earlham College score in the top 41 percent of all SAT test takers.. The SAT composite score range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1100-1340 and the average score is 1220.  Earlham ranks #8 in the state of Indiana for highest average SAT composite score. You should target scoring 1220 or above to be competitive with most other applicants.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1220, you have around a 69% chance of being admitted. A 1220 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 81% chance of getting in.

Earlham College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1340 and Above Good >81%
1220 to 1340 Avg + 69%-81%
1100 to 1220 Avg - 54%-69%
980 to 1100 Reach 38%-54%
Less than 980 Low <38%
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Earlham ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Earlham College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for Earlham College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Earlham?

Earlham College is test optional. Students are not required to submit ACT scores with their application. The policy on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Earlham regularly accepts students who score 26 and above on the ACT. These students typically score in the top 18 percent nationally. The ACT composite score range for the middle 50% of students is 26-30.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Earlham College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >81%
28 to 30 Avg + 69%-81%
26 to 28 Avg - 54%-69%
24 to 26 Reach 38%-54%
Less than 24 Low <38%
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Earlham GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Earlham College?

You are required to have very good grades in high school to get into Earlham. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Earlham College was 3.67 on the 4.0 scale. This indicates that primarily B+ average high school students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #11 in Indiana for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Earlham accepts 69% of students who apply.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

High School GPA's for admitted Earlham College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 25.44% Good
3.75 to 3.99 20.71% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 17.75% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 11.24% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 12.43% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 8.88% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.96% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.59% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

High School Class Rank

56% of Earlham College freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Earlham College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 25%
Top 25% of class 56%
Top 50% of class 8%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Earlham College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 878 781 1,659
Accepted 642 504 1,146
Acceptance Rate 73% 65% 69%
Enrolled 85 86 171
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 17% 15%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2023 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Feb 1, 2023

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2023 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Earlham College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Earlham College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Earlham College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Earlham College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=150455 IPEDS survey data for Earlham College.


Does Earlham College prefer SAT or ACT?

29% of students submit their SAT scores to Earlham. 20% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Earlham College?

69% of those who apply are granted admission to Earlham. Admission competition is low and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Earlham College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1100 and 1340. 29% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Earlham College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 30. 20% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.