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Elmhurst University Overview

Located in Elmhurst, Illinois, Elmhurst University is a private not-for-profit institution. Elmhurst is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is Elmhurst University Known For?

868 Undergraduate Awards
$30,883 Avg Cost After Aid
71% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Elmhurst is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Elmhurst.
  • In 2017-2018, 42% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Elmhurst makes roughly $48,300 a year. This is 18% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from Elmhurst to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Elmhurst University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Elmhurst.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#79 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Elmhurst has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#32 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#32 Highest Paid General English Literature Graduates College Factual
#34 Highest Paid Teacher Education Grade Specific Graduates College Factual
#37 Highest Paid English Language & Literature Graduates College Factual
#76 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#80 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual

Where Is Elmhurst University?

Location of Elmhurst University

Contact details for Elmhurst are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 190 Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126-3296
Phone: 630-279-4100
Website: www.elmhurst.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elmhurst-College/86293358032
Twitter: http://twitter.com/elmhurstcollege

How Do I Get Into Elmhurst?

You can apply to Elmhurst online at: https://connect.elmhurst.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for Elmhurst

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Elmhurst?

71% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
8% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 71%, Elmhurst may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 68%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Average Test Scores

About 8% of students accepted to Elmhurst submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 590. Math scores were between 485 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Elmhurst University  ( 500 to 590 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Elmhurst University  ( 485 to 620 )
200
800
Elmhurst received ACT scores from 91% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Elmhurst University  ( 19 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Elmhurst University  ( 18 to 26 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Elmhurst University  ( 20 to 26 )
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36

Can I Afford Elmhurst University?

$30,883 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
3.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Elmhurst is $30,883. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Elmhurst, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $7,343 a year. That adds up to $29,372 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Elmhurst is 3.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Elmhurst University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,722 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,891 undergraduate students at Elmhurst, with 2,722 being full-time and 169 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Elmhurst

There are also 562 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,722 full-time undergraduates at Elmhurst, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Elmhurst

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Elmhurst University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Elmhurst Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 164
Black or African American 150
Hispanic or Latino 681
White 1,573
International Students 32
Other Races/Ethnicities 122

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Elmhurst University. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 27 countries are represented at Elmhurst. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Vietnam, India, and Germany.

Online Learning at Elmhurst University

135 Took All Classes Online
501 Took At Least One Class Online
9.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 5 master’s degree programs available online at Elmhurst. In 2017-2018, 501 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Elmhurst has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 61st most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Elmhurst

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Elmhurst University was 9.1%. This is the #1,399 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Elmhurst regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Elmhurst majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 6%
Business, Management & Marketing 4%
Health Professions 10%
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 75%
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 75%
Public Health 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Elmhurst ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Elmhurst.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Intelligence & Command Control Operations #7
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences #7
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #22
Geography & Cartography #24
Computer Systems Networking #29
Public Health #54
Information Technology #65
Marketing #67
Social Sciences #111
Teacher Education Subject Specific #119
Computer & Information Sciences #216
Education #388
Business Administration & Management #469
Health Professions #499

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Elmhurst University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 99 0 76 175
Nursing 0 62 0 56 118
General Psychology 0 102 0 0 102
Communication Sciences 0 30 0 23 53
Health & Physical Education 0 49 0 0 49
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 39 0 6 45
Finance & Financial Management 0 39 0 0 39
General Biology 0 38 0 0 38
Marketing 0 32 1 0 33
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 32 32
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 3 28 31
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 30 0 0 30
Communication & Media Studies 0 26 0 0 26
Sociology 0 26 0 0 26
Music 0 24 0 0 24
Accounting 0 22 0 0 22
General English Literature 0 21 0 0 21
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 21 0 0 21
Computer Science 0 18 0 0 18
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 18 18
Romance Languages 0 17 0 0 17
General Education 0 0 0 14 14
Public Health 0 0 0 13 13
Special Education 0 9 0 3 12
Mathematics 0 12 0 0 12
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 0 3 1 8 12
Geography & Cartography 4 7 1 0 12
Arts & Media Management 0 12 0 0 12
Chemistry 0 11 0 0 11
Political Science & Government 0 11 0 0 11
Design & Applied Arts 0 11 0 0 11
History 0 10 0 0 10
Economics 0 10 0 0 10
Computer Information Systems 0 8 1 0 9
Philosophy 0 9 0 0 9
International Business 0 8 0 0 8
Urban Studies 0 8 0 0 8
Graphic Communications 0 7 0 0 7
Information Science 0 6 0 0 6
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 6 0 0 6
Public Relations & Advertising 0 5 0 0 5
Computer Systems Networking 0 0 0 4 4
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 4 0 0 4
Drama & Theater Arts 0 4 0 0 4
Physics 0 3 0 0 3
Fine & Studio Arts 0 2 0 0 2
Information Technology 1 0 0 0 1
Germanic Languages 0 1 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 1 0 0 1
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 0 0
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0
Area Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Other Psychology 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 5 863 7 281 1,156

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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