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Application Instructions for First-Year Students

Use these instructions if you are applying as a first-year student and are a U.S. citizen.

In assessing applications, the Admissions Office conducts a holistic review of the items listed in the Requirements chart. If you have had a personal interview with one of our admissions counselors, a report of that interview also is considered. 

Requirements
Basic Application Included in the Common Application.
Secondary School Report and Counselor Recommendation Available on the Common Application website. To be completed by your guidance counselor.
High School Transcript Request an official copy be sent from your guidance office. Earlham expects applicants to have completed at least 15 academic high school units or the equivalent: four in English, three in mathematics, and two or more in a second language, in science, and in history or social studies. Experience in the area of studio or performing arts is very desirable.

All enrolled students are required to submit a final high school transcript that includes the date of high school completion or a GED.
Teacher's Recommendation Available on the Common Application website. To be completed by the teacher of your choice.
Application Essay The Common Application includes an essay section. Your essay should be an original piece of writing that demonstrates your thinking process and writing style.
Standardized Test Scores (Optional) Earlham has a "test-optional" policy which means applicants are not required to submit any standardized test scores (Home-schooled and international students are required to submit standardized testing. Please see policy). Should you choose to submit your scores, our SAT code is 1195 and our ACT code is 1186. Read our policy.

Deadlines

Early Decision
Application materials due no later than: November 1
Find out if you are admitted no later than: December 15
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit no later than: January 15
You must sign an Early Decision Agreement and agree to withdraw applications to other colleges if admitted. You can calculate an estimate of your cost by using the Net Price Calculator. If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting October 1. More Financial Aid Information
Early Action
Application materials due no later than: December 1
Find out if you are admitted no later than: January 15
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit no later than: May 1
 If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting October 1. More Financial Aid Information
Regular Decision
Application materials due no later than: February 1
Find out if you are admitted no later than: March 15
Pay your enrollment confirmation deposit no later than: May 1
If you are applying for need-based financial aid, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting October 1. More Financial Aid Information