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Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary depending on student type: Is this your first year, are you transferring, or are you interested in our graduate programs?

Applying for Undergraduate Programs as a First-Year Student

If you have finished secondary school and have not attended university, please submit:

Applying for Undergraduate Programs as a Transfer Student

If you have attended university already, also submit:

Applying for Graduate Programs

If you have completed university and wish to pursue a graduate degree, please also submit:

  • An official course-by-course and credential evaluation by ECE or WES, in English, of all university transcripts, as well as original copies of the transcripts/degrees.
  • Apply between September 1 and May 1, or until all spaces are filled
  • Collection of Declaration of Finances and Affidavit of Support between March 1 and June 1
  • I-20s sent beginning June 1
  • Apply between August 1 and November 1, or until all spaces are filled
  • Collection of Declaration of Finances and Affidavit of Support by October 15
  • I-20s sent beginning November 1

English Proficiency Requirements

Elmhurst University requires international students to meet the following English proficiency requirements:

Preferred Tests

OptionMinimum Requirement
ACTScore of 22 on both the English and Reading subsections
SATScore of 520 on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing portion
TOEFL Computer Based213
TOEFL Paper Based550
IELTS Exam6.5 Composite
Duolingo English Test100
  • U.S. college English coursework (two semesters): Grade of B or better (ENG 105 and ENG 106 equivalent)
  • Duolingo English Test: 60 (prior to Fall 2021)
  • PTE Academic: 54
  • Be a citizen of and attend high school in: Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (English speaking provinces), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Leeward Islands, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Solomon Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, United Kingdom (including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Vanuatu, and Windward Islands.
  • Cambridge English Qualifications (B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency): minimum score of 160
  • Attend and complete: An American international school abroad with passing grades in English courses through the third year at the time of application review with an anticipated completion of English courses in the fourth year
  • Students who have been admitted to and completed the Elmhurst Collegiate Immersion Program whose video and personal interview determine an adequate level of English proficiency.
  • Admission will be considered (but not guaranteed) for students who score below the required English proficiency and request a personal interview, along with the submission of an essay, one sample of graded work, and a written recommendation from the corresponding faculty member.

Kim Davis

Assistant Director, CAS and International Admission
Office of Admission

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