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Elmhurst College Names 14th President

Dr. Troy VanAken comes to Elmhurst from Thiel College in Pennsylvania, where he served as president.

Our History

H. Richard Niebuhr, president of Elmhurst College from 1924 to 1927

'Nothing Short of Excellence'

That was the goal of H. Richard Niebuhr, who transformed a rural seminary into Elmhurst College. Here's the story.

Elmhurst In Depth

Selected Magazine Features

Our College magazine Prospect is a rich source of stories on topics from sports to spirituality to swing.

A Brief Sketch

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 more than 60 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate 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.

Beyond the classroom, our students get plenty of opportunities to put their passions and talents into action—in more than 100 campus activities, including 20 athletic teams. Our teams participate in NCAA Division III and have won conference championships in five sports over the last decade.

More than 80 percent of Elmhurst undergraduates gain on-the-job experience through internships or service work, and 93% of Elmhurst graduates find full-time employment or enter graduate school within a year of graduation. Our robust career programs include more than 2,000 options for internships and other professional experiences.


Elmhurst College is accredited by the Department of Education of the State of Illinois, and by:

  The Higher Learning Commission
A Member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604

(800) 621-744

The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing at Elmhurst College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

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