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Elmhurst College

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Founded in 1871, Elmhurst College (EC) is a private, four-year college in Elmhurst, Illinois. It is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. This college is accredited by the Department of Education of the State of Illinois, The Higher Learning Commission, and The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The college’s curriculum combines a strong liberal arts foundation with career preparation in order to help students fully prepare for life in a global society. The College offers more than 50 majors and nine graduate programs, as well as 4 accelerated majors for adults and 15 pre-professional programs. The most popular majors at this school include: Business, Communications, Education, Health professions, Science, and Psychology. Class sizes are small; the college has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, and the average class has 18 students. Nearly all of the professors at EC have earned the highest degree in his or her field.

The College has consistently been ranked among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest, according to “America’s Best Colleges,” the survey conducted each year by U.S. News and World Report. The Princeton Review also recognizes EC as being one of the best in the region, praising the college’s “excellent” internships, “gorgeous” campus and “intimate academic experience.”

Elmhurst graduates frequently get into graduate programs at the University of Chicago and Northwestern. Two resources that can assist students are the Center for Professional Excellence and the Niebuhr Center. Both provide students with off-campus learning experiences such as internship, study abroad, and service opportunities.

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Students who wish to apply to this school must complete the (online or paper) application form and submit a personal statement explaining the student’s plans to achieve academic excellence. Students must also submit an official high school transcript or a GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report, and a letter of recommendation from an academic instructor or faculty member. A personal statement and an interview are recommended, but not mandatory. The deadline for submitting an application is rolling, beginning in October for freshmen and November for transfer applicants.

Graduate students, adult students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the college’s website or contact the Office of Admissions for more information about the admissions process and application requirements.

Financial Aid

This college offers a wide variety of financial aid programs. In a single year, almost all of the college’s full-time students received some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. Forms of aid that are available for students include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The college also has a limited number of scholarships and awards that are awarded directly from the school. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year.. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or additional documents. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3433rd for the average student loan amount.
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Elmhurst College students represent many different states and countries, and nearly every religious, racial, and ethnic background is represented in the college’s student body.

This school offers students countless opportunities to get involved. There are more than 100 clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. Greek Life is a significant part of the college’s student life. There are ten Greek organizations on campus. Spiritual life is emphasized at this school. Other popular programs include the EC Bicycle Program, which provides free bikes, helmets, and locks to students, faculty, and staff, on the condition that the renter pledges not to bring a motorized vehicle to campus for an entire academic year, with the exception of the winter.

Many of the students choose to live on campus. There are six traditional residence halls, as well as a number of apartments and houses. All of the units in the residence halls are fully furnished with twin extra-long beds, desks, shelves, dressers, and closets. Units also feature phone lines, Internet access, voice mail, and access to shared laundry facilities, lounges, and study rooms. Some halls feature suite-style accommodations.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Known as the Blue Jays and proudly wearing the school colors of blue and white, EC’s 18 athletic teams participate in NCAA Division III. Being part of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW), the Blue Jays have won conference championships in five sports during the last ten years. Sports played include football, basketball, soccer, bowling, golf, tennis, cross country running, volleyball, track and field, softball, wrestling, and baseball. This college offers just one club sport, which is men’s rugby.


Many of the students at this college are weary of the “Bad Luck Tree,” which hangs over the sidewalk to the north of Memorial Hall, because of a myth that the tree gives students bad luck. Some students walk around the tree to avoid its curse.

The original nativity scene that was used in the movie Home Alone was given to this school. This display this scene during the holiday season each year.

It is believed that the gates of knowledge on the east edge of campus bless students with knowledge. It has long been a tradition for students to run under the gates before major tests and exams for good luck.


  • Reinhold Niebuhr, famous 20th-century theologian
  • Terri Hemmert, radio personality
  • Peter M. Blau, famous sociologist
  • Ricardo Lamas, WEC fighter
  • Brett Eldredge, country music singer
  • Doug Beach, Grammy award winning composer, arranger, and adjudicator

Information Summary

Ranks 26th in Illinois and 693rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.03
Robbery 1 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.17
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.03
Arrest 10 0.29

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 9 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 5 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 100 0.23
Larceny 498 1.13
Vehicle theft 27 0.06

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Elmhurst, IL 60126-3096
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population45,355 (45,355 urban / N/A rural)
Households16,538 (2.65 people per house)
Median Household Income$69,268
Families11,957 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemFour-one-four plan
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationUnited Church of Christ
Congressional District1705

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 389th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $32,720 $32,720 $32,720
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $200 $200 $200
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $931 $931 $931
FT Graduate Tuition $22,225 $22,225 $22,225
FT Graduate Required Fees $200 $200 $200
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $750 $750 $750
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $46,000 $46,000 $46,000
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $45,000 $45,000 $45,000
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $39,000 $39,000 $39,000

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $30,054 $31,650 $30,054 $31,650 $30,054 $31,650
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,524 $8,838
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,922 $2,012
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,446 $4,350
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,446 $4,350

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,702 (1,178 male / 1,524 female)
Admitted 1,940 (837 male / 1,103 female)
Admission rate 72%
First-time Enrollment 506 (230 male / 276 female)
FT Enrollment 506 (230 male / 276 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment3,210

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference College Conference of Illinois and Wisc
NCAA Basketball Conference College Conference of Illinois and Wisc
NCAA Baseball Conference College Conference of Illinois and Wisc
NCAA Track & Field Conference College Conference of Illinois and Wisc

ACT Test Admission

511th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 94%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26

SAT Test Admission

720th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 8%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 580
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 900 / 1130

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,132
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,520
Board Fee$3,592

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1467th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $68,362 ($71,950 male / $65,423 female)
Number of FT Faculty 164 (67 male / 97 female)
Number of PT Faculty 357
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $5,176,793

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Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.

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