Elmhurst College campus
Elmhurst College campus
Elmhurst College campus
Elmhurst College campus
Elmhurst College campus
Elmhurst College campus
Elmhurst College campus
Elmhurst College campus
Elmhurst College campus
Elmhurst College campus
Elmhurst College campus
Elmhurst College campus
Elmhurst College campus
Elmhurst College campus
Elmhurst College campus

From the School

A private college in the heart of the Chicago metropolitan area, Elmhurst College is committed to helping students reach their potential—in college and in the world beyond.

Elmhurst is one of the top 10 colleges in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report, and it also ranks among the best values in the region. With nearly 60 undergraduate majors and 15 pre-professional programs, Elmhurst boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of just 13 to 1. In small classes, professors get to know their students as individuals.

The College's gorgeous campus is a green oasis in the heart of a safe, quiet suburb-but it's also just a half-hour train ride from downtown Chicago, giving students unlimited access to world-class cultural and professional opportunities.

An Elmhurst education is about more than just courses and credits; it’s about defining your values, exploring the world, and preparing for a life of service, meaning, and achievement. More than 80 percent of Elmhurst students gain on-the-job experience through internships or service work, and 93 percent of our students find full-time employment or enter graduate school within a year of graduation.

Overall

From The School

Applying to Elmhurst College is easy, and there's no application fee.

We give 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.

How to Apply
  • Complete the application for admission (available at elmhurst.edu).
  • Submit your high school transcript or GED test results.
  • Submit your scores on the ACT or SAT, sent directly from the testing corporation to Elmhurst. (Our ACT code is 1020).
  • Submit a recommendation by a member of your high school faculty (the form is part of the application).
  • An essay and an interview are recommended, but not required.


Admission Calendar

Elmhurst has a rolling admissions policy for Fall Term. Applications for first-year students are reviewed starting October 1.

For more information, contact:
Office of Admission
Elmhurst College
(630) 617-3400
(800) 697-1871
admit@elmhurst.edu
elmhurst.edu/admission

Overview

Applicants
3,193
Acceptance Rate
68%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
450 - 630
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
450 - 590
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 26

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Selectivity Rating

Overall

From The School


Academic Programs

Elmhurst offers nearly 60 majors, ranging from art and music to business, education and nursing. No matter which major you choose, you'll be the faculty's first priority. Our student-to-faculty ratio is only 13:1, and a faculty member (not a teaching assistant) teaches every course. Your professors will get to know you as an individual.

The Honors Program provides additional opportunities for students who are especially talented and motivated. Students in the Honors Program take part in small, stimulating seminar courses where class discussions are lively and engaging. They also conduct and present professional-level research.

An Elmhurst education is not only rigorously intellectual; it's also intensely practical. Elmhurst students gain hands-on experience through internships and many other professional opportunities—working with prestigious area medical institutions, schools, corporations, not-for-profits and beyond. More than 80 percent of Elmhurst undergraduates gain on-the-job experience through internships or service work, and many internships lead to full-time job offers.

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
54%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • Geography Teacher Education
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Psychology Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Human Services, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


William Bauer
Judge, 7th Circuit US Court of Appeals

William Nelson
Medical Ethicist

Terri Hemmert
Chicago Radio Personality

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
54%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Full-time undergraduate tuition for 2015–16 was $34,200; basic room and board was $9,666.

Financial Aid

Elmhurst offers a comprehensive range of needand merit-based financial aid programs, including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment. About 97 percent of full-time students receive some form of financial aid, much of which comes in the form of grants and scholarships that don't need to be repaid.

Admission decisions at Elmhurst are made independently from any consideration of financial need.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,766

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,782

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,407

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
73%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,383

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

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$35,250
Required Fees
$250
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$12

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,928
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

From The School

On campus, students get involved in more than 100 activities, from theater to Greek life 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 outstanding array of guest speakers.

Elmhurst’s 20 varsity sports teams compete in the CCIW, one of the top conferences in NCAA Division III athletics. Bluejay teams regularly engage in NCAA post-season play, and in the past four years we’ve won conference championships in four sports.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,840
Foreign Countries Represented
34

Demographics

5.63%
Asian
5.01%
African-American
17.01%
Hispanic
67.01%
Caucasian
1.74%
Unknown

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

Overview

From The School


Location

The College’s gorgeous campus is a green oasis in the heart of a safe, quiet suburb—but it’s also just a half-hour train ride from downtown Chicago, giving students unlimited access to world-class cultural and professional opportunities.

A short walk from campus is downtown Elmhurst, where you’ll find an eight-screen movie house, lots of great restaurants, a bowling alley and a lot more.

The campus is also a short walk from the Metra commuter train station, where you can catch the train for a 30-minute ride to the Loop. The Chicago region is the Midwest's capital of industry, finance, arts and culture, and scientific discovery. From WGN and Morgan Stanley to the Shedd Aquarium and House of Blues, the Chicago area offers plenty of opportunities for internships and fun.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The Elmhurst campus combines the high-tech necessities of a modern education with the charm of a classic college campus. The 48-acre grounds are an arboretum, with more than 700 trees, shrubs and other woody plants. At the same time, we offer the latest technologies in the sciences and beyond.

The College has a long tradition of responsible stewardship of the environment. From low-impact lighting and permeable paving to a LEED-certified residence hall, Elmhurst incorporates green principles throughout campus life.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Elmhurst offers international education experiences in 44 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 at sites ranging from WMAQ-NBC5 to Kraft Foods to WorldChicago to Gray Hunter Stenn LLP. In a typical year, students can choose from more than 2,000 internship options.

Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
69%

Campus Environment
Suburban

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


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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