First-Year Students

Fast Facts

Elmhurst is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Founded in 1871, the College has a long history of preparing students for lifetimes of professional achievement.

Elmhurst ranks among the top colleges in the Midwest, according to “America’s Best Colleges,” the survey by U.S.News & World Report. The Princeton Review also lists Elmhurst among the region’s premier institutions of higher learning.

The College is located in Elmhurst, Illinois, a quiet suburb that ranks Number 1 in a Chicago magazine survey of the “best places to live.” Downtown Chicago is a 30-minute train ride away.

The Elmhurst campus is a 48-acre arboretum. It boasts nearly 800 trees and shrubs—and all the modern facilities required of scholarship today.

Programs of Study
The College offers more than 50 majors, a range of accelerated 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 84 percent of the College’s 159 full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field.

Class Size
The average class has 17 students. The student to faculty ratio—12 to 1—is among the best in higher education.

Students come to Elmhurst from many states and countries, and from nearly every religious, racial and ethnic background. The student body comprises about 2,600 traditional full-time undergraduate students, 245 adults pursuing an undergraduate degree and 310 graduate students.

Professional Preparation
Three academic centers devoted to professional practice help you explore your career options, find your calling, land a great internship and make your dreams a working reality. It’s no wonder that 90 percent of graduates are working or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

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 for 2014-2015 is $33,700; basic room & board is $9,386. We provide need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships to about 85 percent of entering students.

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