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Elmhurst College

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About Elmhurst College

Elmhurst is one of the top 10 colleges in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report, and it also ranks among the best values in the region. With nearly 60 undergraduate majors and more than 15 graduate programs, Elmhurst boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of just 13 to 1. In small classes, professors get to know their students as individuals.

The College’s gorgeous campus is a green oasis in the heart of a safe, quiet suburb—but it’s also just a half-hour train ride from downtown Chicago, giving students unlimited access to world-class cultural and professional opportunities.

Beyond the classroom, our students get plenty of opportunities to put their passions and talents into action—in more than 100 campus activities, including 20 athletic teams. Our teams participate in NCAA Division III and have won conference championships in five sports over the last decade.

More than 80 percent of Elmhurst undergraduates gain on-the-job experience through internships or service work, and 93% of Elmhurst graduates find full-time employment or enter graduate school within a year of graduation. Our robust career programs include more than 2,000 options for internships and other professional experiences.

Campus information

The Elmhurst campus combines the high-tech necessities of a modern education with the charm of a classic college campus. The 48-acre grounds are an arboretum, with more than 700 varieties of trees, shrubs and other woody plants; classic red-brick buildings boast wireless Internet access, "smart" classrooms and more.

The College has a long tradition of responsible stewardship of the environment. From low-impact lighting and permeable paving to a LEED-certified residence hall, Elmhurst incorporates green principles throughout campus life.

Elmhurst College is located near the geographic center of metropolitan Chicago, 16 miles west of the Loop. A short walk from downtown Elmhurst, the campus is easily accessible by car or Metra commuter train.


Residential living affords you the rare opportunity to help define your individuality, values and goals while developing memorable and meaningful relationships. Residential students reflect the many cultures of our society and are able to contribute to the community through personal sharing and involvement opportunities.

We value student engagement in the campus community as a cornerstone of a student's success in the first year of the collegiate experience. With this in mind, it is the policy of Elmhurst College that first-year residential students not have cars on campus. 

First-year student applications will be considered for residence halls only. Transfer students will be considered for campus apartments and houses unless the transfer student has one-year or less of college experience, whereby she or he can request placement into residence halls should space allow.

First-year students will have a roommate.  To request a specific roommate, you and your prospective roommate must mutually request each other at MyHousing through the College portal,  First-year students are only eligible to be roommates with other first-year students.  First-year students will not be assigned a roommate who is a new transfer student or a continuing student.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 3 Applied, Pure Sciences 1 Business, Management 3 Creative Arts & Design 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 1 Mass Communication & Media 1


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