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.