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 liberal arts college in the heart of the Chicago metropolitan region, Elmhurst College has a long history of preparing students for lifetimes of professional achievement.

A private college in the heart of the Chicago metropolitan area, Elmhurst is among the top colleges and best values in the Midwest, according to college guides like U.S. News and Money magazine. And we make college affordable by awarding financial aid to 98 percent of our students.

Elmhurst is known for its seamless blend of liberal learning with professional preparation. More than 80 percent of undergraduates 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.

With a student-faculty ratio of only 13:1, Elmhurst takes a personal approach where every student counts. All classes at Elmhurst are taught by professors, not teaching assistants, and about 80 percent of the College's full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field.

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, one of the world's great cities, giving students unlimited access to world-class cultural and professional opportunities.

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 59 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, and help you succeed.

The Elmhurst Experience is not only rigorously intellectual; it's also intensely practical. You’ll master cutting-edge theory and technology, and gain hands-on experience through internships and many other professional opportunities. Students regularly work with prestigious area medical institutions, schools, corporations and not-for-profits; often, internships and other professional experiences lead to full-time job offers.

Elmhurst offers international education experiences in 44 countries, including Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Bulgaria and Australia. Students can go abroad for a term, a year or a month during the College's distinctive January Term.

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
61%
Graduate in 5 years
73%
Graduate in 6 years
74%

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


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.”


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
61%
Graduate in 5 years
73%
Graduate in 6 years
74%

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

Elmhurst offers a comprehensive range of needand merit-based financial aid programs, including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment. Nearly 99 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
$24,105

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 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

Students come to Elmhurst from many states and countries, and from nearly every religious, racial and ethnic background. The most recent incoming class of first-year students included individuals from 24 states, and students of color make up 37% of the class. The student body comprises 2,900 undergraduates and 400 graduate students.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,853
Out of State
10%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
34

Demographics

60% female
40% male
10% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

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.”

Overview

From The School


Location

Elmhurst offers 59 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, and help you succeed.

The Elmhurst Experience is not only rigorously intellectual; it's also intensely practical. You'll master cutting-edge theory and technology, and gain hands-on experience through internships and many other professional opportunities. Students regularly work with prestigious area medical institutions, schools, corporations and not-for-profits; often, internships and other professional experiences lead to full-time job offers.

Elmhurst offers international education experiences in 44 countries, including Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Bulgaria and Australia. Students can go abroad for a term, a year or a month during the College's distinctive January Term.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The Elmhurst College campus combines the charm of a classic college campus with the high-tech necessities of a modern education. Just minutes from campus, you'll find an eight-screen movie house, lots of great restaurants, a bowling alley and a lot more.

On campus, 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 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. We're big enough to offer a wide choice of sports, but small enough that you can make a real contribution to your team's success. Bluejay teams have won conference championships in a variety of sports. And they compete in first-rate facilities.

The College is 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. 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.

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

Students come to Elmhurst from many states and countries, and from nearly every religious, racial and ethnic background. The most recent incoming class of first-year students included individuals from 24 states, and students of color make up 37% of the class. The student body comprises 2,900 undergraduates and 400 graduate students.

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

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.”

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