#15 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, Illinois

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Elmhurst College overview
Location Elmhurst, Illinois
Online elmhurst.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation United Church of Christ
Elmhurst College overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Elmhurst University, formerly Elmhurst College prior to June 2020, is a private liberal arts institution founded in 1871 and affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Situated in Elmhurst, Illinois, the university is approximately 16 miles west of downtown Chicago, offering students both a suburban campus environment and access to a major urban center. Elmhurst's campus features a blend of traditional collegiate gothic architecture and modern facilities. Notable for its comprehensive undergraduate programs, Elmhurst provides a range of majors, with business, nursing, and psychology being among the most popular. The university operates on a semester-based academic calendar and maintains a holistic admissions process with a moderately selective acceptance rate. Housing options are available for students, including residence halls and apartment-style living. While the university supports various athletic teams, known as the Bluejays, it does not specifically emphasize a prominent athletic reputation.

In the most recent statistical year 5,731 prospective students applied, and 4,356 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 617 enrolled in the school.  3,091 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 640 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $39,862 plus fees of $370. Elmhurst College is ranked 380 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Elmhurst College is rated within the top 40% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Elmhurst College overview
SAT 980/1240
ACT 20/27
GPA 3.59

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Elmhurst College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$370
Room and Board $11,250
Budget for Other Expenses$3,310
Total One Year Cost$55,992

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$50,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

70% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Elmhurst College students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 20%
Health Professions 15%
Education 12%
Psychology 8%
Social Sciences 8%

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