Admission For Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy

Reach Your Full Potential with ELSA

The Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy (ELSA) is a four-year, post-secondary certificate program for young adults, ages 18-28, with differing abilities.

Our goal is to see our students leave us with a better ability to live independently, seek out and hold meaningful employment, and have a four-year college experience.

Students can live on campus or commute and participate in on-campus activities along with their degree-seeking peers. Students continue to grow as individuals and build their lifelong learning skills, to work productively and live as independently as possible.

Learn more about the ELSA program below. Or, if you know you are ready to get started, begin your application for free online.

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Academics and Career Exploration

At Elmhurst, ELSA students learn and work alongside their peers.

ELSA Academics

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Learn How to Apply

From program requirements to deadlines, find everything you need to know about the application process.

How to Apply to ELSA

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Opportunities to Live on Campus

Students who meet certain requirements have the opportunity for on-campus residential housing.

Explore Housing

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Attend ELSA Preview Day

Join us virtually or in-person to find out what ELSA is all about.

RSVP for ELSA Preview Day

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Visit Our Campus

Schedule a visit and get answers to your questions about ELSA and Elmhurst University.


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Become a Community Partner

Interested in mentoring or hiring our students?

Partner with ELSA

ELSA Spotlight: Kamauri Cowsen ’22

As a student-athlete, Kamauri made the most of his Elmhurst experience. Now, he is paying it forward and helping others. Read all about him in the Fall 2022 issue of Prospect magazine.


Why Be a Part of ELSA? For the Experience.

Through the Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy, students get the opportunity to become part of the fabric of campus and community life. Internships at local businesses and other experiential learning projects help them develop life skills and prepare for what’s next.


A recording from the Virtual ELSA Preview Day that took place on September 27, 2023, where prospective students got to learn about the Elmhurst University campus and meet current ELSA students and staff.

This short video gives an overview of a day in the life of an ELSA student—on the University’s campus and beyond.

Ready to take the next step? Connect with us to get started.

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