Elmhurst College

Elmhurst College


Located in suburban Chicago, Elmhurst College combines the close-knit community of a small school with the unlimited opportunities of a world-class city a short train ride away. Elmhurst is among the top colleges and best values in the Midwest, according to college guides like U.S. News & World Report and Money magazine. And we make college affordable by awarding some type of financial aid to 100% of our new students.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholarship & Financial Aid Scholarships

Elmhurst is committed to making the Elmhurst Experience an affordable option. That’s why 100% of our students receive financial aid, including grants and scholarships that don’t have to be repaid. We even offer a $2,000 grant, the American Dream Grant, to first-generation college students (and can be added to a merit scholarship).

Summer Bridge & Orientation Direct Connect

Specially designed for students who are the first in their families to attend college, Direct Connect is a pre-orientation program that aims to link newcomers to the people and resources they need to succeed in undergraduate life. Participants meet other first-generation students, get an advanced glimpse of campus life, and learn how to find the people who can answer their questions.

Student Life & Support Student Success

Elmhurst supports your success in the classroom and beyond. Academic support services include tutoring in subjects like math, writing and study skills, while the Steps to Success program provides guidance for students who are having academic difficulty. The Office of Intercultural Education promotes an awareness of different cultural perspectives through art exhibits, lectures, retreats and more. And our career-focused centers will connect you with professional opportunities like internships to prepare you for a dynamic career.

Student Diversity

  • 2,856
  • 46/54
  • 28%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 6%
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 16%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 67%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • n/a
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 1%

Student Success

  • 84%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 74%
    Six-year graduation
  • 51%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 61%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 40%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 149
    Full-time faculty
  • 17
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 14:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business, Education, Health Sciences, Nursing, Music, Psychology, Biology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Black Student Union, H.A.B.L.A.M.O.S., International Organizations, Asian Club, EQUAL, Let's Talk About Gender, Muslim Student Association, NAACP, Queer Straight Alliance


Cost of Attendance

  • $36,370
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $475
    Required Fees
  • $10,326
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $45,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $25,830
    Average aid package
  • $26,000
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 27%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 75%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 3,528
    # of applicants
  • 70%
  • 3.40
    Average HS GPA
  • 23
    ACT Composite
  • 460—600
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 450—630
    SAT Math
  • 450—590
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1
    Early action application closing date