Elmhurst University Overview
Located in Elmhurst, Illinois, Elmhurst University is a private not-for-profit institution. The suburban atmosphere of Elmhurst makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.
What Is Elmhurst University Known For?
- The 3% student loan default rate at Elmhurst is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
- The highest award offered at Elmhurst is the master's degree.
- In 2019-2020, 41% of the faculty were full-time.
- A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Elmhurst makes roughly $56,183 a year. This is 38% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
- The average Elmhurst student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.
Elmhurst University Rankings
Elmhurst is ranked #14 out of 78 schools in Illinois.
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.
Elmhurst has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Elmhurst.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Elmhurst has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Elmhurst University?
Contact details for Elmhurst are given below.
|Address:||190 Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126-3296|
How Do I Get Into Elmhurst?
You can apply to Elmhurst online at: https://www.elmhurst.edu/admission/apply/undergraduate-application/
Admission Requirements for Elmhurst
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||neither required nor recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Elmhurst?
Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 63%, and the acceptance rate for women is 68%.
Average Test Scores
About 76% 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 490 and 590. Math scores were between 490 and 580.
Can I Afford Elmhurst University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Elmhurst, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $6,947 a year. That adds up to $27,788 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
There are also 583 graduate students at the school.
Of the 2,687 full-time undergraduates at Elmhurst, 37% are male and 63% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Elmhurst University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||155|
|Hispanic or Latino||725|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Elmhurst has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 25th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.
Online Affordability Rankings of Elmhurst
During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Elmhurst University was $38,654 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how Elmhurst is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.
|Major||Tuition for In-State Students||Tuition for Out-of-State Students|
|Computer Systems Networking||#16||#16|
|Military Technologies & Applied Sciences||#16||#16|
|Intelligence & Command Control Operations||#16||#16|
|Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods||#44||#44|
Online Growth Rankings of Elmhurst
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Elmhurst University was 53.3%. This is the #641 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||8%|
|Geography & Cartography||43%|
|Intelligence & Command Control Operations||50%|
|Military Technologies & Applied Sciences||50%|
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|
|Military Technologies & Applied Sciences||#2|
|Intelligence & Command Control Operations||#2|
|Geography & Cartography||#24|
|Computer Systems Networking||#29|
|Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods||#39|
|Computer & Information Sciences||#210|
|Business Administration & Management||#408|
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.
*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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