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A private liberal arts college in the heart of metropolitan Chicago, Elmhurst College ranks in the top tier of its category, according to U.S.News & World Report. With a student-faculty ratio of only 13:1, Elmhurst offers a personal approach where every student counts. All classes at Elmhurst are taught by professors, not teaching assistants, and about 84 percent of the College's 127 full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field.

The College is located in Elmhurst, Illinois, a quiet suburb that ranks Number 1 in a Chicago magazine survey of the "best places to live." Downtown Chicago is a 30-minute train ride away, offering a wealth of professional, cultural, and recreational opportunities.

Students come to Elmhurst from many states and countries, and from nearly every religious, racial, and ethnic background. The student body comprises nearly 3,000 undergraduates and about 300 graduate students.

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Rolling admission begins on October 1 and continues until all spaces are filled.

Here's how to apply:
First, complete the application for admission. It's available online at www.elmhurst.edu or by mail from the Elmhurst Admission Office.
Next, submit your high school transcript, your ACT or SAT scores, and a recommendation from a teacher or counselor. (An essay and a campus interview are recommended but not required.)
If you're applying as a transfer student, also submit an official transcript from all colleges or universities you've attended.

Overview

Applicants
2,702
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.30

GPA Breakdown

21%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
22%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
450 - 550
SAT Math
450 - 580
ACT Composite
21 - 26

Deadlines


Regular
July 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

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Academic Programs

Elmhurst is a private, four-year college in the liberal arts tradition. The curriculum combines liberal learning and professional preparation to prepare students for lives of meaningful work and personal fulfillment.

Academic programs at Elmhurst are characterized by their real-world connections and demonstrated 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 and to convey them with maximum impact.

All classes at Elmhurst are taught by professors, not teaching assistants, and about 84 percent of the College's 127 full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field. With a student-faculty ratio of only 13:1, faculty members get to know their students as individuals.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Elmhurst offers more than 50 majors, ranging from accounting to exercise science to jazz studies. Students may complete a double major, add a minor, or create their own interdisciplinary major. The Honors Program provides extra opportunities for students who are especially talented, curious, and motivated. We also offer a range of preprofessional programs leading to graduate study in health care, law, and more. Nine graduate programs lead to the master's degree.

Students Say

Elmhurst College is a small, private liberal arts school in the Chicago area where “the environment is very comforting and the teachers know their students individually not by their numbers.” Also, they “offer great financial aid,” and there are “endless opportunities for scholarships, mentorships, internships, research, and so much more.” Personal attention to the well-being and success of all students is of upmost importance. “Elmhurst wants its students to be successful both now and in the future,” says a student. “This school brings in numerous outside lectures, activities, and learning experiences. It truly cares about students and teaches to open minds, not just to get jobs.”

The college offers “many unique classes that will interest many different students.” Every professor varies and “they each have their style of teaching,” and since the school is small, every student “is able to have access to their professors and receive the help that they need in order for them to understand the classroom.” They are “inviting to new ideas and discussion,” taking a personal interest in students’ goals, and “love to have discussions that bring the material into current situations.” “I enjoy being able to talk with professors one-on-one without needing to schedule an appointment,” says a student. Students also enjoy the thoroughness of their education (though a few cite adjuncts as being inferior); professors “allow multiple viewpoints to be addressed, and every view must be backed up with a reason.”


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13.3:1
Total Faculty
357
with Terminal Degree
182

195
Women
162
Men
41
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
80%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


William Bauer
Judge, 7th Circuit US Court of Appeals

William Nelson
Medical Ethicist

Terri Hemmert
Chicago Radio Personality

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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Full-time tuition for 2010-2011 is $28,600; room (double occupancy) is $4,956; standard meal plan is $3,260. For more details, see our Tuition & Fees pages at www.elmhurst.edu.

Financial Aid

Elmhurst provides financial aid to about 87 percent of full-time students. Financial aid programs include scholarships (based on academic merit), and grants, loans, and student employment (based on financial need). More than 600 students work on campus. The College makes admission decisions independently from any consideration of financial need.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
78
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,105

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,865

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,676

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,534

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
73%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$13,009

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$33,700
Required Fees
$400
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,600

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

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Students come to Elmhurst from many states and countries, and from nearly every religious, racial, and ethnic background. The student body comprises nearly 3,000 undergraduates and about 300 graduate students.

Life at Elmhurst is active and creative. Students get involved in more than 100 activities, from theatre to intramurals to the Mock Trial Team. The student newspaper wins awards; the radio station has been on the air since 1947. The campus regularly hosts performances, art exhibits, and an array of excellent guest speakers.

Elmhurst's 18 varsity sports teams compete in the CCIW, one of the top conferences in NCAA Division III athletics. We're big enough to offer a wide choice of sports, but small enough that you can really contribute to your team's success. In the past decade, Bluejay teams have won conference championships in five sports. And they compete in first-rate facilities.

Students Say

There are definite “artsy” and “athletic” groups of students that tend to bond together, but “everyone is friendly and students are always smiling at each other.” Although “there isn’t that much diversity,” it is increasing due to the school’s efforts, and “there never seems to be any sort of major differences among people, whether or not they’re a different race, religion, or sexual orientation.” Everyone is “pretty nice, open and committed in academics,” and “involved in a couple clubs”; typically, students are “pretty focused on their future but is also here to have fun and chill.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,900
Out of State
10%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
34

Demographics

60% female
40% male
10% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

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Location

Elmhurst College is located 16 miles west of downtown Chicago in the quiet suburb of Elmhurst, a community of 43,000 that has been called "the quintessential Chicago suburb." Within walking distance from campus are two art museums, a library, an eight-screen movie house, lots of great restaurants, and more.

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.

Elmhurst's campus looks like a college ought to look, with big trees, broad lawns, and 24 classic red-brick buildings. The campus is a 38-acre arboretum with 650 varieties of trees and plants.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Elmhurst's facilities include a newly renovated student center and an excellent library and computer center. At the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, student clinicians practice their skills and treat patients. Old Main, built in 1879, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Tyrrell Fitness Center offers more than 6,000 square feet of weight training and physical fitness equipment. Facilities are open throughout the day and evening and are readily accessible to all students.

Off-Campus Opportunities

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

Other off-campus opportunities include a wealth of internship and job-shadowing experiences. One student recently shadowed a renowned neurosurgeon in San Francisco, for example; 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.

Student Organizations & Activities

Elmhurst's facilities include a newly renovated student center and an excellent library and computer center. At the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, student clinicians practice their skills and treat patients. Old Main, built in 1879, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Tyrrell Fitness Center offers more than 6,000 square feet of weight training and physical fitness equipment. Facilities are open throughout the day and evening and are readily accessible to all students.

Students Say

The school is “the perfect blend of big city access and small (but not too small) campus atmosphere,” with “good study abroad opportunities” for students that want it. There are a great deal of commuters (and correspondingly an “urgent need…for more parking”), but many of the students who do live on campus say that “the process for acquiring housing is unnecessarily stressful.” For the most part, students simply fit in by mingling in class or through student organizations, though it can be “difficult for commuters to find a place.” There is free weekend transportation to restaurants and stores off-campus, though the campus is vastly emptier during these times as the commuters drain out. Greek life is “popular,” and out-of-class activities are pretty Standard College: “We can find a party if we want; we go to the cinema or the bowling alley. We take picnics in the park and take the metro to Chicago for a museum visit.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
37%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
87
First-Year Students living on campus
69%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
80

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
106
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
6

10% join a fraternity
16% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Bluejays)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Bluejays)
9 Sports

Basketball
Bowling
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Wheaton College
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Illinois Institute of Technology

Sustainability

Green Rating
72

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
14

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Macintosh, IBM, Dell, Compaq, Omnitech

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Stephanie Levenson
Director of Admission

Address
Office of Admissions
190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Phone
6306173400


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Alumni Circle
Frick Center
Library
Tyrrell Fitness Center
Circle Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
City of Elmhurst
City of Chicago

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admit@elmhurst.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Regional (METRA) Train, bus, taxi. Chicago's O'Hare airport is 10 miles away.

Driving Instructions to Campus
15 miles west of the Chicago Loop, just off Interstate 290

Local Accommodations
Many, most at reasonable prices
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Key Stats

2,702
Applicants
2,900
Size
72%
Acceptance Rate
1020
SAT Scores

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