Founded in 1871, Elmhurst is a private, four-year college affiliated with the United Church of Christ. In the classroom and beyond, the Elmhurst Experience seamlessly blends liberal learning and professional preparation to educate the whole student for life in a global society. In small classes, faculty and students work face-to-face, forming partnerships in pursuit of learning.
Elmhurst College consistently ranks among the best regional institutions of higher learning in the Midwest, according to “America’s Best Colleges,” the annual survey by U.S. News & World Report. The College is also one of the best values in the region, according to the survey. The Princeton Review also lists Elmhurst among the best in the Midwest, citing its “excellent” internships, “gorgeous” campus and “intimate academic experience.”
Location & Campus
The College is located in Elmhurst, Illinois, an appealing suburb at the center of metropolitan Chicago. Our 48-acre campus is a peaceful arboretum just a 35-minute train ride from one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Our classic red-brick buildings boast wireless Internet access, “smart” classrooms, a nationally recognized library and more.
Programs of Study
The College offers 59 majors, a range of accelerated majors for adults, 15 preprofessional programs and 15 graduate programs. The Honors Program provides extra opportunities for students who are especially talented, curious and motivated.
All classes at Elmhurst are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. About 80 percent of the College’s 160 full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field.
The average class has 17 students. The student to faculty ratio—13 to 1—is among the best in higher education.
Students come to Elmhurst from many states and countries, and from nearly every religious, racial and ethnic background. The student body comprises about 2,800 full-time undergraduate students, 150 adults pursuing an undergraduate degree and 400 graduate students.
More than 93% of Elmhurst graduates are working or in graduate school within six months of graduation. In part that's because of our three academic centers that help you explore your career options, find your calling, land a great internship and make your dreams a working reality.
Life at Elmhurst is active and creative. Students get involved in more than 100 activities, from theatre to intramurals to the Mock Trial Team.
Student athletes at Elmhurst compete on 20 teams in NCAA Division III. In the past decade, Bluejay teams have won conference championships in five sports. And they compete in first-rate facilities.
Costs & Financial Aid
Full-time undergraduate tuition for 2015-2016 is $34,200; basic room & board is $9,666. We provide need-based financial aid and/or merit-based scholarships to about 97% of students.