About Elmhurst College

Reach Your Full Potential

Located in a beautiful suburb minutes from Chicago, Elmhurst College 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.

Elmhurst College is the No. 11 Best University 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.

Academic Programs

Wherever you want to go in life, Elmhurst has an academic program for you. Our 63 majors, 15 graduate programs, and evening and online programs for adults give you plenty of opportunities to explore your interests and discover your passions.

Our Location and Campus

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 to downtown Chicago.

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The Elmhurst community is extremely welcoming and encouraging. You’re not just a number here; the faculty and staff know you and support you as you work toward reaching your potential.

Tyler Espino '16, Accounting

Elmhurst College Accreditation and Agreements

Elmhurst College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
(800) 621-7440

Elmhurst College also participates in the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA).


The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing at Elmhurst College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Master of Science (M.S.) program in speech-language pathology through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elmhurst College is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The program is accredited through June 30, 2022.

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