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The Application Process

Apply to Elmhurst as a Freshman

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.

Admission Criteria
Applying
Admission Calendar
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Admission Criteria
Elmhurst's basic criteria for admission are straightforward: We seek 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.

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Applying
Step 1
Submit an application. You can do this in one of five ways:

Step 2
Provide the following supporting documentation:

  • Your high school transcript, sent directly from the school to Elmhurst. You may substitute GED test results.
  • Your scores on the ACT or SAT, sent directly from the testing corporation to Elmhurst. (Our ACT code is 1020.)
  • A recommendation by a member of your high school faculty (the form is part of the application). Your teacher should send the completed form directly to Elmhurst.

An essay and an interview are recommended, but not required.

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Admission Calendar
Rolling Admission for Fall Term
Freshmen: Beginning October 1
Transfers: Beginning November 1

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Visit Us!
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.

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