Admission For Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy

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Follow along during a day in the life of an ELSA student at Elmhurst.

ELSA is an on-campus program following the academic calendar of the University. You may take courses in the fall, January, spring and summer terms, and may attend on a full-time or part-time basis.

Courses with online and hybrid components were also added to the curriculum beginning in the 2020 Fall Term.

Admission Requirements

ELSA is a limited-enrollment program. To qualify, a student must have at least a minimum third-grade reading, writing, mathematics and comprehension level, sufficient emotional skills, and the capacity for independence. Applicants must have earned a high school diploma, certificate of completion or both.

How to Apply

To apply for admission, submit the following documents to the Office of Admission:

  • A completed ELSA application
  • A current educational evaluation (within three years)
  • Official high school transcript and most recent IEP
  • Three letters of recommendation forms
  • Housing assessment (for those seeking on-campus housing)

The application and all supporting documents can be uploaded into your online ELSA application linked above. Documents can be sent to the ELSA Admission office and added to your file if necessary; send to:

Elmhurst University
ELSA Admission
190 S. Prospect Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Upon receipt of the completed application, students and families will be contacted to set up an admission interview. After the interview, students will receive a letter with the admission decision. If admitted, the applicant will need to complete the Intent to Enroll form and submit it with a non-refundable tuition deposit that will be applied to the first term’s tuition and fees.


Preferred Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis.

  • Students interested in living on-campus for Fall Term should have an application on file by Jan. 15.
  • Students interested in beginning in the Spring Term should apply before Nov. 15.

Applications submitted after these deadlines will be considered if space remains available.

Please contact the ELSA office with any questions or to request more information.

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