About Elmhurst College

Founded in 1871, Elmhurst College. is a Private college. Located in Illinois, which is a city setting in Illinois, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 2,856 full time undergraduate students, and 547 full time graduate students.

The Elmhurst College Academic calendar runs on a Four-one-four plan basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 152 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Elmhurst College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate71%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range900-1170
ACT Range20-26

Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,23% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 14 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

87% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 52% were in the top quarter, and 26% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Elmhurst College.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Elmhurst College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    60 Students rated on-campus housing 3.4 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    52 Students rated off-campus housing 3.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    75 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 9 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    78 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    78 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 63 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    76 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    77 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    79 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Elmhurst College?

24 Students rated Elmhurst College

Alexandriaa - 01/13/2023

My opinion is that Elmhurst needs to do a better job of making students' safety a priority. Bad things happening inside those dorms and houses need to be better supervised. Authority on campus is not likely to listen to your qualms or take you seriously if you're not an athlete.


Elmhurst College is a great university that has been providing a great learning experience for students in both undergraduate and graduate level since 1871. The atmosphere of the campus is very welcoming that professors and students are friendly to approach either to ask questions about a location of hall as a new student who seems to be lost, or to find out where an office is located at. The location of the university is about 15-20 miles away from my home, which makes it convenient for me to commute in any weather. I like the size of the university as well, its not too small or too big, just perfect like the way I like it. I wouldn't pick any university apart from Elmhurst College. Highly recommended to prospective or future students


If you want to go to a school with a great small environment Elmhurst is perfect for you. Everyone is super friendly so it is easy to make friends and if you live on campus you are guarantee to see at least 3 people you know when you leave your dorm room. The professors are very flexible and willing to work with you.The aesthetic of the school is great as well, there are also many dogs walking around campus and the squirrels are very friendly. And if you ever get tired of the cafeteria food downtown Elmhurst is only a ten minute walk away with so many food options as well as activities.


Loved the college -- it has a lot to offer

Elmhurst College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Elmhurst College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Elmhurst College is 71%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I can just imagine the high school senior version of me, merely one year ago. Stressing over applications, scrambling for teacher recommendations, and trying to squeeze in as much fun as possible before I bid adieu to the school I was tired of. I had this weird notion that somehow, once high school ended, life was going to get harder, more intense, and I'd be on anti-depressants within the first year if I wasn't careful enough. What a gross misconception! Freeze frame like they do in movies, and one would find me spending countless hours in my Advanced Physics class, devoting many hours to understanding the material. College Me would approach High School Me, look her in the eyes and tell her that college and high school are NOT dangerously different from one another. In fact, they are quite similar. You are making moves to secure a future, meeting new people, embarking on new experiences, and finding yourself as a person. There is really nothing to fear about college. Everything usually falls in its right place, to quote Radiohead. I'd then leave the classroom, happy to have shed some knowledge to myself.

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  3. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    No one stays around on the weekends.

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    In my opinion, the worst thing about Elmhurst College is that, being in a residential area, it is mostly a commuter school. Although I live on campus, many of the students go home after class which leaves campus rather empty and almost ghost like. On weekends campus is usually quite empty as well.

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  5. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    If you are looking for a big "party" school with large class sizes where you can hide in the back unnoticed, then Elmhurst College is not right for you.

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  6. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are down-to-earth, intriguing people who each offer something different to this world.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    The greatest feature of Elmhurst College is its faculty. Both highly educated and respected, the professors who work at the college are engaging in class and compassionate towards their students. They are always responsive when questions are asked, and strive to help students reach their full potential.

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  8. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The environment at Elmhurst College is very chill. Its located in a prime spot too! In between classes there is plenty to do around the school. The class size is supposed to bre pretty small too which means if you need extra attention from a teacher its easier to get than having to deal with a additional 50-60 students per class.

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  9. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    It is best known for having good business, nursing and music departments. We also have a good men's soccer team.

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  10. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Elmhurst College has a beautiful campus, friendly students, helpful staff, and most importantly class sizes that are small enough to get attention but large enough where you aren't the only one in class.

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Smaller, professors easy to understand

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  12. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Any person seeking a well-rounded education and looking to make life long connections asn friendships with students and faculty alike.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Same as above. The parking situation.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

99% of students attending Elmhurst College receive some sort of financial aid. 41% were awarded federal grants. While 93% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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