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Academic programs at Elmhurst are characterized by their real-world connections and responsiveness to student...

Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, Illinois

A private, four-year college in the liberal arts tradition, Elmhurst College consistently ranks among the top colleges and best values in the Midwest. In small classes, Elmhurst students work with faculty whose top priority is teaching and mentoring. The College is located in the heart of the Chicago metropolitan area, 13 miles west of the Loop.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
2,853 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
15% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
168 full-time faculty
205 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Living on campus at Elmhurst offers all the amenities of home. Our six residence halls come equipped with full kitchens, cozy gathering spots, Internet access, voice mail and free cable TV. More than 1,000 students currently live on campus.

School Location

The College is located in Elmhurst, Illinois—a 25-minute train ride west of downtown Chicago.


82% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)


74% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 15%
Black or African American 4%
White 70%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


Elmhurst competes in NCAA Division III, Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. The College hosts 20 varsity sports (men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling; women’s basketball, bowling, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.


Elmhurst College is a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1871 and affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

Academic Programs

Accounting; American Studies; Art; Biology; Business Administration; Chemistry; Communication Studies; Computer Game & Entertainment Technology; Computer Science; Early Childhood Education; Economics; Elementary Education; English; Environmental Geosciences; Applied Geospatial Technologies; Exercise Science; Finance; French; Geography; German; Graphic Design; History; Information Systems; Interdepartmental; Interdisciplinary Communication Studies; International Business; Jazz Studies; Logistics & Transportation Management; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Music; Musical Theatre; Music Business; Music Education; Nursing; Organizational Communication; Philosophy; Physical Education; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Religion & Service; Secondary Education; Sociology; Spanish; Special Education; Speech-Language Pathology; Theatre; Theatre Arts Education; Theological Studies & Christian Ministry; Theology & Religion; Urban Studies.

More Distinctions

  • Elmhurst College has an extensive program of scholarships based on academic credentials.

  • The College consistently ranks among the best regional institutions of higher learning in the Midwest and one of the region’s best value schools, according to “America’s Best Colleges,” the annual survey by U.S. News & World Report.

  • The Princeton Review lists Elmhurst among the best in the Midwest, citing its “excellent” internships, “gorgeous” campus and “intimate academic experience.”

  • Money magazine’s Best Colleges list ranks Elmhurst among the top 7 percent of colleges in the nation.

  • The College ranks among the top 15 colleges in Illinois on Forbes magazine’s list of schools that offer a great value.

Gaining the Right Tools

Academic programs at Elmhurst are characterized by their real-world connections and responsiveness to student needs. Students conduct research and defend their results. They analyze data, think critically, solve problems collaboratively, study and write across the disciplines, and learn to formulate new ideas. Each year, students of all majors share their original research at the college’s Undergraduate Research and Performance Showcase.

Study Abroad

Elmhurst offers international education experiences in many countries, including Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, Bulgaria, and England. Students can go abroad for a semester, a year, or for a month during the college’s distinctive January term.

Faculty members’ top priority is teaching. Every class at Elmhurst is taught by a faculty member, never a teaching assistant. The faculty to student ratio is only 13 to one, and the average class has 17 students. In small classes, faculty  help to promote lively discussions.

All classes at Elmhurst are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. About 80 percent of the College’s 160 full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field.

Elmhurst professors are scholars, researchers and practitioners whose professional expertise enriches classroom discussions. The most popular majors at Elmhurst are business, education and nursing. The large school district and nearby hospitals provide many opportunities for education and nursing majors. The Patterson Center for the Health Professions provides professional opportunities for students preparing for careers in health care.


Elmhurst College is located in the quiet suburb of Elmhurst, a community of 44,000 that has been called “the quintessential Chicago suburb.” Downtown Elmhurst is just two blocks north of the campus. Within walking distance from campus are several museums, a library, an eight-screen movie house, a variety of restaurants and a lot more.

Campus Life

Life at Elmhurst is active and creative. Students get involved in more than 100 activities, from theater to intramurals to the mock trial team. The student newspaper regularly wins awards, and Elmhurst College’s radio station has been on the air since 1947. The campus regularly hosts performances, art exhibits, and an array of excellent guest speakers.


Student athletes at Elmhurst compete on 20 teams in NCAA Division III. In the past decade, Bluejay teams have won conference championships in five sports. They compete in first-rate facilities such as Langhorst Field, which sits in the center of campus and attracts crowds of students to watch the games, and which is home to the football, soccer, and track and field programs.


The college is just a short train ride from downtown Chicago, where students enjoy unlimited access to world-class cultural and professional opportunities from internships to sporting events to concerts of all kinds.


Off campus, students can participate in a wealth of internship and job-shadowing experiences, both in the Chicago area and beyond. One student recently shadowed a renowned neurosurgeon in San Francisco; another worked on staff at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; a third traveled to New York to participate in a high-level discussion of medical ethics.  

The Elmhurst Experience

The Elmhurst Experience prepares students to make informed choices that will lead to a satisfying future. Students meet top professionals from a wide range of fields and study how cutting-edge theory actually works in practice. They choose from among hundreds of internships with leading employers in the Chicago area and beyond. The result: a rigorously intellectual, intensely practical preparation for work and life.

For example, a business class might craft a marketing plan for an area nonprofit organization. An assignment for a communication sciences and disorders class might include asking students to evaluate patients at the College’s own Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.

Graduates that Thrive

Within a year of commencement, 93.3 percent of recent Elmhurst graduates were active in a full-time job or graduate. Elmhurst graduates build successful careers in corporations, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, law firms, medical centers, research laboratories and countless other venues. They thrive in demanding careers because they’ve learned to embrace new ideas, master advanced technologies, and create original solutions to problems old and new.



3,193 Total Applicants
2,162 Total Admissions
510 Total Freshmen Enrollment

67.71% of applicants admitted


  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 460 600
SAT Math 450 630
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 21 26
ACT Math 20 26
ACT English 20 27
ACT Writing    

Applying to Elmhurst

Rolling admission begins on October 1 and continues until all spaces are filled. Elmhurst gives preference to students who have completed 16 academic units, including three units of English; two units each of mathematics, laboratory science and social studies; and seven units in additional college preparatory subjects.

For more information, go to elmhurst.edu/apply.


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $33,700
Fees $250
Total $33,950
Room and Board (on campus) $9,386
Room Only $5,686
Board Only $3,700
Estimated Total On Campus $43,336


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

93% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
62% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$22,346 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$7,771 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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