About Elmhurst University

Welcome to Elmhurst University

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

Who We Are

Founded in 1871, Elmhurst attracts students from across the nation and around the world. In small classes, our students work closely with faculty members who are accomplished scholars and professionals—but above all, they’re dedicated teachers.

On July 1, 2020, we officially changed our name from Elmhurst College to Elmhurst University. The change more accurately reflects Elmhurst’s current educational profile as a comprehensive higher education institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and applied sciences, while anticipating opportunities for new programs and partnerships.

Throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, we will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of our founding with exclusive looks back into our history, special events and more.

Elmhurst University is one of the best in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report; and Money and Forbes magazines consistently rank Elmhurst as one of the Midwest’s best values in higher education.

As part of our continuing efforts to build a more equitable and inclusive community, the University recently achieved designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution, or HSI. The designation opens the door to new opportunities to provide our Hispanic and Latino/a students with a successful Elmhurst experience. This in turn will benefit students, families and the University community as a whole.

Learn More About Our Institution

We are proud to share more about our institution and all that it has to offer. Schedule a visit to campus or request more information online.

Academic Programs

Wherever you want to go in life, Elmhurst has an academic program for you. Our more than 70 majors17 graduate programs, and evening and online programs for adults give you plenty of opportunities to explore your interests and discover your passions.

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Elmhurst has been recognized for excellence in higher education by Colleges of Distinction in the following categories: overall; in the state of Illinois; in its business, education and nursing programs; and in career development.

We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and maintain specialized accreditations for several of our educational programs.

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Our Location and Campus

Our campus is a 48-acre arboretum, featuring nearly 900 trees, and we’re also a 30-minute train ride to downtown Chicago. Find out more about our location.

Student life at Elmhurst is active and creative, with endless ways to get involved. Part of being a student here is being a part of a welcoming, diverse community.

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