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Key Facts & Figures

Founded in 1871, Elmhurst is a private, four-year college affiliated with the United Church of Christ. In the classroom and beyond, the College blends liberal learning and professional preparation to prepare students to reach their full potential. Classes are small at Elmhurst, so faculty members get to know their students as individuals.

Elmhurst College ranks among the top 10 regional institutions of higher learning in the Midwest, according to “America’s Best Colleges,” the annual survey by U.S. News & World Report. Also, the College is one of the 10 best values in the region, according to the survey. The Princeton Review also lists Elmhurst among the best in the Midwest, citing its “excellent” internships, “gorgeous” campus and “intimate academic experience.”

Location & Campus
The College is located in Elmhurst, Illinois, an appealing suburb at the center of metropolitan Chicago. Our 48-acre campus is a peaceful arboretum just a 35-minute train ride from one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Our classic red-brick buildings boast wireless Internet access, “smart” classrooms, a nationally recognized library and more.

Programs of Study
The College offers more than 60 majors, a range of degree completion majors for adults, 15 preprofessional programs and 15 graduate programs. The Honors Program provides extra opportunities for students who are especially talented, curious and motivated.

All classes at Elmhurst are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. About 80 percent of the College’s 160 full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field.

Class Size
The average class has 18 students. The student to faculty ratio—14 to 1—is among the best in higher education.

Students come to Elmhurst from many states and countries, and from varied religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds. The student body comprises about 2,800 full-time undergraduate students, 150 adults pursuing an undergraduate degree and 400 graduate students.

Professional Preparation
More than 93% of Elmhurst graduates are working or in graduate school within six months of graduation. In part, that's because of our three academic centers that help you explore your career options, find your calling, land a great internship and make your dreams a working reality.

Student Life
Life at Elmhurst is active and creative. Students get involved in more than 100 activities, from theatre to intramurals to the Mock Trial Team.

Student athletes at Elmhurst compete on 20 teams in NCAA Division III. In the past decade, Bluejay teams have won conference championships in five sports. And they compete in first-rate facilities.

Costs & Financial Aid
Full-time undergraduate tuition and fees for 2016-2017 is $35,250; basic room & board is $9,928. We provide need-based financial aid and/or merit-based scholarships to about 97% of students.


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