Elmhurst College

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190 Prospect Avenue

Elmhurst, IL 60126

Phone: (630) 617-3500
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jul. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#11 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Elmhurst College is a private institution that was founded in 1871. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,052, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 48 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Elmhurst College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 11. Its tuition and fees are $32,920 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Many fine liberal arts colleges are set in tiny towns amid apple orchards and cornfields. Elmhurst College emphatically breaks the mold. Our tranquil, classically beautiful campus is located near the heart of metropolitan Chicago. Together, our heritage and location shape a distinctive mission. Elmhurst is a fine liberal arts college that prepares students for professional life through first-hand experience with the professional world. Elmhurst is a college of the United Church of Christ that serves men and women of every faith (and of none). Elmhurst is a friendly, down-to-earth, authentic community that values and advances the life of the mind.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1871
Religious affiliation United Church of Christ
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $85,614,049


When applying to Elmhurst College, it's important to note the application deadline is July 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 68.1 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 68.1%
Application deadline July 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Elmhurst College is 13:1, and the school has 68.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Elmhurst College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 57%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Education 14%
Health Professions and Related Programs 11%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

Elmhurst College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,052, with a gender distribution of 38.7 percent male students and 61.3 percent female students. At this school, 36 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 64 percent of students live off campus. Elmhurst College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,298
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Elmhurst College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Elmhurst College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Elmhurst College, 85 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Elmhurst College.

Students who have cars on campus 85%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Elmhurst College, 74.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,165.

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Tuition and fees $32,920 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,262 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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