Key Facts and Figures

Elmhurst by the Numbers

Founded in 1871, Elmhurst College is a private, four-year college affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

Elmhurst combines the close-knit learning environment of a small school with the endless opportunities of a world-class city. Located in a beautiful suburb minutes from Chicago, the College offers everything you need to reach your full potential.

Location and Campus

Majors and Programs


  • 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

Class Size

  • The average class has 18 students
  • The student to faculty ratio—14:1—is among the best in higher education

Student Body

  • Elmhurst attracts students from many states and countries, and from a wide variety of religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • The student body comprises about:
    • 2,800 full-time undergraduate students
    • 150 adults pursuing an undergraduate degree
    • 400 graduate students
    • 48 Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy students

Career Development

Student Life


  • Student-athletes compete on 20 NCAA Division III teams
  • In the past decade, Bluejay teams have won conference championships in five sports

Costs and Financial Aid

Accreditation and Agreements

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

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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