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Elmhurst College Admission Requirements

Elmhurst, Illinois

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Chances of getting into Elmhurst College

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
66%
Admission Difficulty for Elmhurst College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into Elmhurst College and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Elmhurst College is 66%.  It ranks #23 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Elmhurst College is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 2,817 out of 4,299 applicants were admitted.

The school has moderate admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 56 percent (SAT 980/1170 ACT 20/26). Elmhurst College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.59. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Elmhurst College application fee is $0 and applications are due by May 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Elmhurst College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

Elmhurst College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
980-1170
Applicants Submitting SAT 
66%
SAT Scores for Elmhurst College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 490
SAT Math 25th 490
SAT Composite 25th 980
SAT Scores for Elmhurst College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1170
Average SAT Score 1080

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Elmhurst College?

Elmhurst College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 64 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 980 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 880. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1080 out of 1600. Elmhurst College ranks #22 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 66 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Elmhurst College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1170 and Above Good >79%
1075 to 1170 Avg + 66%-79%
980 to 1075 Avg - 51%-66%
885 to 980 Reach 35%-51%
Less than 885 Low <35%
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Elmhurst College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
20-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
38%
ACT Scores for Elmhurst College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Elmhurst College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Elmhurst College?

Admission data indicates that Elmhurst College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #16 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. 38 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Elmhurst College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Elmhurst College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >79%
23 to 26 Avg + 66%-79%
20 to 23 Avg - 51%-66%
17 to 20 Reach 35%-51%
Less than 17 Low <35%
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Elmhurst College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.59
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Elmhurst College?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Elmhurst College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Elmhurst College was 3.59 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #16 in Illinois for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Elmhurst College accepts 66% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Elmhurst College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 22.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 19.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 15.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 18.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 11.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 13.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

82% of Elmhurst College freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Elmhurst College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 20%
Top 25% of class 46%
Top 50% of class 82%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Elmhurst College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,569 1,704 4,299
Accepted 1,736 1,069 2,817
Acceptance Rate 68% 63% 66%
Enrolled 299 176 478
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 17% 16% 17%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
May 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on May 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Elmhurst College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Elmhurst College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Elmhurst College Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Elmhurst College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=144962 IPEDS survey data for Elmhurst College.

FAQs

Does Elmhurst College prefer SAT or ACT?

66% of students submit their SAT scores to Elmhurst College. 38% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Elmhurst College?

66% of those who apply are granted admission to Elmhurst College. Admission competition is low and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Elmhurst College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 980 and 1170. 66% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Elmhurst College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. 38% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.