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Admission Requirements

What to Know About the Admission Process

  • We assess your applications based on academic merit and application materials, taking into consideration your grade trends from freshman through junior year, the rigor of your high school curriculum, and your supporting materials.
  • We observe your academic performance within the context of the major for which you apply. This means we look to see strong grades and continued coursework in the subjects on your selected major.
  • Your application essay gives us a sense of your writing skills and your journey. We want to learn about you while we assess your level of writing and your ability to communicate clearly and effectively. Please be mindful of the following guidelines for a strong admission essay:
    • Includes a strong focus and stays focused.
    • Uses examples and details to support the focus.
    • Uses paragraphs appropriately and is well-organized.
    • Strong use of grammar and formatting.
  • It’s your choice whether to apply test-optional or not. If you feel your high school transcript and writing are representative of your ability and potential, we recommend you apply under this option. However, you may choose to have test scores considered in place of an essay for admission review. Scores previously sent to Elmhurst will not be considered if you are applying test-optional.
  • Your application is considered complete and will be reviewed when required materials are received whether or not we have received optional materials. Admission decisions are sent out both electronically and via postal mail. Students who are not admissible to Elmhurst will be notified electronically and encouraged to work with us on a transfer plan.
  • Some major programs require additional materials such as auditions or portfolios for admission consideration and/or scholarship eligibility.
  • Students who have taken university credit (dual credit) alongside their high school coursework should request an official transcript to be sent to transcripts4eu@elmhurst.edu so that we can award you credit.

At the discretion of the University’s Admission Review Board, we may ask you to submit additional supporting materials such as seventh-semester (fall-term grades), an interview, essay, or a completed teacher evaluation form issued by Elmhurst.

International students (those needing an F-1 student visa to study in the U.S.) must submit Proof of English Proficiency.

Homeschooled students will be required to submit a minimum of 12 semester hours of college-level credit if applying test-optional. Otherwise, homeschooled students should elect to apply using standardized test scores.

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