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.

Located in a beautiful suburb just minutes from Chicago, Elmhurst College combines the close-knit learning environment of a small school with the endless opportunities of a world-class city.

Elmhurst ranks in the top 10 regional universities in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report, and among the Midwest’s 10 Best Values.

Wherever you want to go in life, Elmhurst has an academic program for you. Our 61 majors and 16 pre-professional programs give you plenty of opportunities to explore your interests and discover your passions. In small classes, your professors will get to know you and help you find your professional path.

Student life at Elmhurst is active and creative, with endless ways to get involved. Our campus is a 48-acre arboretum, featuring more than 120 species of trees, but we’re also a 30-minute train ride from the bright lights and unlimited opportunities of downtown Chicago.

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


It’s easy to apply to Elmhurst, and there’s no application fee. Our non-binding Early Action deadline is November 1. After that, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Learn more at elmhurst.edu/apply.


Overview

Applicants
3,458
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.46

GPA Breakdown

34%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
450 - 590
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
450 - 580
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
410 - 530
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines


Early Action
November 1

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 more than 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 14:1, 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.

Elmhurst students gain hands-on experience through internships and many other professional opportunities—working with prestigious medical institutions, schools, corporations, not-for-profits and more. The vast majority of Elmhurst undergraduates— more than 80 percent—gain on-the-job experience through internships or service work, with many internships leading to full-time job offers.


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
:1
Total Faculty
354
with Terminal Degree
155

197
Women
157
Men
32
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
56%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

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 and Wellness, General
  • 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
56%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees


Full-time undergraduate tuition for 2017–18 is $36,370; basic room and board is $10,344.

Financial Aid


Elmhurst College is committed to making a great education affordable by offering financial aid to nearly all of our full-time students. Financial aid programs include scholarships, grants, loans and federal work-study awards.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Elmhurst offers several merit-based awards to first-year and transfer students. Some awards are based on your academic record, while others are based on your talent (art, music or theater), United Church of Christ membership or other criteria. Scholarship awards range up to $19,000.

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
$36,070
Required Fees
$225
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,200

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,144
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


Elmhurst attracts students from across the nation and around the world. In small classes, you’ll work closely with faculty members who are accomplished scholars and professionals—but above all, they’re dedicated teachers.

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, concerts, 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
2,856
Foreign Countries Represented
30

Demographics

5.54%
Asian
5.50%
African-American
18.71%
Hispanic
64.21%
Caucasian
2.50%
Unknown

59% female
41% male
9% are out of state
95% are full time
5% 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 theater, lots of great restaurants and coffee shops, a bowling alley and all the other necessities of college life.

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 Lollapalooza, 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 800 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
31%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
61%

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
1,615% 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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