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Elmhurst College

  • Elmhurst, IL
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 60%40%
    student ratio
  • 2,900
    total students
  • $33,700 | $33,700
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 71%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 516
    sat math
  • 503
    sat reading
  • 494
    sat writing
  • 24
    act composite

Overview

Elmhurst College Overview

Elmhurst College is a liberal arts college in Chicago's western suburbs that combines the intimacy of a small institution with close proximity to one of the world's great cities.

Located in a peaceful suburb, Elmhurst features small classes that encourage discussion and exploration. The average class has 17 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1 is among the best in higher education. The primary mission of the faculty is teaching, not research, and 81% of full-time faculty members hold the highest degrees in their fields, usually a Ph.D.

Academic Excellence

Elmhurst College offers a rich undergraduate program, with bachelor's degrees available in more than 50 fields and 15 preprofessional programs. In small classes, students work closely with faculty members who are experts in their fields. Many students collaborate with faculty on high-level research projects, studying subjects ranging from metastatic breast cancer to the effect of acting lessons on aging brains. An Honors Program offers special opportunities for students who are especially motivated by academic challenges.

The College consistently ranks among the best regional institutions of higher learning in the Midwest, according to U.S. News and World Report. The Princeton Review also lists Elmhurst among the best in the Midwest, citing its "excellent" internships, "gorgeous" campus and "intimate academic experience."

Personal Academic and Career Advising

In small classes, Elmhurst students have plenty of opportunities to forge relationships with their professors. Every class is taught by a faculty member -- unlike at large universities, where many courses are led by teaching assistants. Students work with faculty advisors to develop personal academic plans and to choose the courses and experiences that will help them meet their long-term goals. Other advisors connect students to career opportunities such as internships, mentoring experiences and community service, which can lead to jobs.

Learning at Elmhurst often takes place outside the classroom. Many students study abroad for a term or a year -- Spain, the Netherlands and England (including Oxford University) are a few popular destinations. The January Term offers undergraduate students the chance to undertake courses and field projects off campus.

There's Plenty to Do

Elmhurst College fosters a diverse and rich social and cultural life on campus. Students play on a roster of 20 varsity teams, from football and lacrosse to golf. They perform or work backstage in theater productions, attend interfaith programs, and join fraternities and sororities. Students join organizations such as H.A.B.L.A.M.O.S., which hosts and promotes multicultural experiences, or travel to New Orleans to build houses with Habitat for Humanity.

While many liberal arts colleges are in small towns, Elmhurst has the advantage of being a 35-minute train ride from Chicago's Loop. Students take full advantage of the city -- visiting museums, attending concerns, dining out, and just hanging out.


Location & Contact

190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126-3296
USA

Mrs.Stephanie Levenson

Associate Dean and Director of Admission

Phone: 630-617-3400
Fax: 630-617-5501
Email: admit@elmhurst.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Actuarial Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • History Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kindergarten/Preschool Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cytotechnology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Occupational Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physician Assistant
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Dentistry Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Veterinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nutrition Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Criminology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Urban Studies/Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Theology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

71% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied2,702
    • Accepted1,940
    • Acceptance Rate71%
    • Enrolled2,900
    • Female Applicants1,524
    • Females Accepted1,103
    • Female Acceptance Rate72%
    • Male Applicants1,178
    • Males Accepted837
    • Male Acceptance Rate71%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some Essay or personal statement
      Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.30
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 503 450 550
    • SAT Math 516 450 580
    • SAT Writing 494 430 540
    • ACT Composite 24 21 26
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$33,700
    • Out-of-state tuition *$33,700
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$250.00
    • Room and board *$9,386.00
    • Room only *$5,686.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,900
    • Male Student Percentage40%
    • Female Student Percentage60%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino12.81%
    • Black or African American4.54%
    • White or Caucasian72.51%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.25%
    • Asian4.65%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.14%
    • Two or more races2.87%
    • Unknown1.99%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.25% representing 33 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students10% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 40%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Programming Board and Student Government, theater and music groups, Black Student Union, residence life groups, Hablamos
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Bowling No No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes Division 3 No
    • Golf Yes Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball No No No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Wrestling No Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Bowling No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf Yes Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty357
    • Full-time Percentage45%
    • Part-time Percentage55%
    • Female Percentage55%
    • Male Percentage45%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio13:1 or 2,900 students to 357 faculty


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