We try to make the application process as simple—and friendly—as possible. If you have questions along the way, please contact the Office of Admission.
Elmhurst's basic criteria for admission are straightforward. Qualified applicants should show evidence of their ability to successfully complete college-level work, based on their good standing at the last college or university attended.
An essay and interview are recommended, but not required.
During the review of your application, the Admission Review Board may request additional information, such as grades to date in your current college courses, an essay, or a personal interview. You will be notified if the College needs additional information to evaluate your application.
To apply for admission to an accelerated degree-completion program, see Apply for Accelerated Programs.
*Exception: ACT or SAT scores are not required from transfer applicants who have been out of high school for more than three years or have completed 12 semester hours, or 18 quarter hours, of college credit.
There is no deadline for submission of an application for admission. However, we recommend that transfer students apply before July 1 for Fall Term enrollment and by January 15 for Spring Term. To be eligible for a scholarship, you should submit the application for admission by March 15.
Visiting the campus is a great way to see first-hand what it's like to be a student here. You may arrange your own individual visit, which might include an overnight stay and meetings with faculty, or come for a Preview Day. Interviews are recommended but not required. For more information, click here or call (630) 617-3400 or (800) 697-1871.