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Elmhurst College

A four-year liberal arts college in the heart of the metropolitan Chicago area, Elmhurst prepares students for lives of professional and personal achievement. The College offers more than 50 majors, and our students get an early start on career preparation through real-world experiences like internships and study abroad. With a student-faculty ratio of only 13:1, every student counts at Elmhurst.

Actuarial Sciencex  
American/United States Studies/Civilizationx  
Art Teacher Educationx  
Art/Art Studies, Generalx  
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologistx  
Biology Teacher Educationx  
Biology/Biological Sciences, Generalx  
Business Administration and Management, Generalx  
Chemistry Teacher Educationx  
Chemistry, Generalx  
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologistx  
Computer Sciencex  
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, Generalx  
Economics, Generalx  
Education, Generalx  
Elementary Education and Teachingx  
English Language and Literature, Generalx  
English/Language Arts Teacher Educationx  
Environmental Studiesx  
Finance, Generalx  
French Language and Literaturex  
French Language Teacher Educationx  
German Language and Literaturex  
German Language Teacher Educationx  
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Generalx  
History Teacher Educationx  
History, Generalx  
International Business/Trade/Commercex  
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teachingx  
Kinesiology and Exercise Sciencex  
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Managementx  
Management Information Systems, Generalx  
Marketing/Marketing Management, Generalx  
Mathematics Teacher Educationx  
Mathematics, Generalx  
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Generalx  
Music Managementx  
Music Teacher Educationx  
Music, Generalx  
Nutrition Sciencesx  
Occupational Therapy/Therapistx  
Physical Education Teaching and Coachingx  
Physical Therapy/Therapistx  
Physician Assistantx  
Physics Teacher Educationx  
Physics, Generalx  
Political Science and Government, Generalx  
Pre-Dentistry Studiesx  
Pre-Law Studiesx  
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studiesx  
Pre-Pharmacy Studiesx  
Pre-Veterinary Studiesx  
Psychology, Generalx  
Registered Nursing/Registered Nursex  
Secondary Education and Teachingx  
Spanish Language and Literaturex  
Spanish Language Teacher Educationx  
Special Education and Teaching, Generalx  
Speech Communication and Rhetoricx  
Sport and Fitness Administration/Managementx  
Theology/Theological Studiesx  
Urban Studies/Affairsx  

Academic Life

With more than 50 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, Elmhurst ranks among the top colleges in the Midwest, according to U.S.News & World Report. All classes here are taught by professors, not teaching assistants, and the average class has only 16 students. Elmhurst students get to know their professors and regularly get involved in high-level research and other activities.

Campus Life

Student life at Elmhurst is active and creative. The student newspaper regularly wins awards, and the Elmhurst College Jazz Band has toured Europe and Indonesia. And whether you live on campus or commute, you can get involved in more than 100 clubs and a vibrant Greek community.

You’ll find plenty of support at Elmhurst, too. Our Wellness Center offers individual counseling sessions in addition to basic health services. The College Chaplaincy provides spiritual guidance in times of crisis, and a range of intercultural programs foster an appreciation of diverse cultures.

Facilities and Resources

Elmhurst College is located near the geographic center of metropolitan Chicago, 16 miles west of the Loop. A short walk from downtown Elmhurst, the campus is easily accessible by car or Metra commuter train.

The Elmhurst campus combines the high-tech necessities of a modern education with the charm of a classic college campus. The 48-acre grounds are an arboretum, with nearly 800 trees, shrubs and other woody plants; our classic red-brick buildings boast wireless Internet access, "smart" classrooms and more.

Athletics / Sports

Student athletes at Elmhurst compete on 19 teams in NCAA Division III, including soccer, softball, baseball, volleyball, wrestling, football, cross country, basketball, golf, tennis, track and field, bowling, and lacrosse. The College is big enough to compete at a high level, but small enough that you can make a real difference on your team.

In 2012-2013, Bluejays won four conference championships, a second-place national trophy in wrestling, a regional championship trophy for the Final Four volleyball team and the Gagliardi trophy for the NCAA Division III Football Player of the Year.

Financial Aid / Tuition

A great college education is the best investment you can make in your future. And at Elmhurst College, we work hard to make that investment an affordable one.

Elmhurst offers a comprehensive range of need- and merit-based financial aid programs, including scholarships, grants, loans and student employment. Approximately 95% of full-time students receive some form of financial aid, and admission decisions at Elmhurst are made independently from any consideration of financial need.


Transfer Students – Elmhurst gives preference to students with cumulative grade point averages of 2.5 and above after 30 semester hours of college level work.  Serious consideration will be given to applicants with averages between 2.0 and 2.49.

First Year Students - Elmhurst seeks students who show evidence of their ability to complete college-level work based on high school performance.  We give preference to students who have completed 16 academic units, including three units of English; two units each of mathematics, laboratory science, and social studies; and seven units in additional college preparatory subjects.

Other Cool Facts

Applying to Elmhurst is easy! You will need to submit a college application with official transcripts from high school and all college level institutions attended, if applicable.  Also, first year students will need to submit official ACT or SAT scores.

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