Elmhurst University

190 Prospect Avenue - Elmhurst, IL 60126
  • Region: Great Lakes
  • Campus Setting: Suburban
  • Size: Small

Elmhurst University (IL), is located in a quiet, safe suburb close to shopping and restaurants and just a 30-minute train ride to Chicago.  The 48-acre Elmhurst campus is a registered arboretum boasting more than 900 varieties of trees and shrubs. The University was founded in 1871 and has a long history of preparing students for lifetimes of professional achievement. 

Elmhurst offers its 2,800 traditional undergraduates a choice of more than 70 majors, including 15 pre-professional programs. An honors program provides additional opportunities for especially motivated, talented and curious students. All classes at Elmhurst are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. The average class has 20 students; the student-to-faculty ratio - 13 to 1 - is among the best in higher education. Full-time staff members devoted to professional practice help students explore career options, land great internships and turn dreams into a working reality. Students get involved in more than 100 activities, from theatre to intramurals to the mock trial team to 20 varsity sports.


Upcoming Events

  • 8:30 AM-12:00 PM

Elmhurst University Office of Admission invites you to an Open House!

Meet students and faculty, tour our beautiful campus, and discover how Elmhurst can support you in your next steps. 

  • 8:30 AM-12:00 PM

Elmhurst University Office of Admission invites you to an Open House!

Meet students and faculty, tour our beautiful campus, and discover how Elmhurst will help you in your next steps.

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About Elmhurst University

Located 25 minutes away from Chicago, Elmhurst University provides a close-knit community in a safe and beautiful arboretum campus with access to countless opportunities of a world-class city. With over 70 majors and an emphasis on professional development, Elmhurst is recognized for being one of the best value schools in the Midwest according to U.S. News & World Report. Most importantly, its student-centered faculty and staff provide resources and support to empower you throughout your academic journey and beyond. 

Scholarship & Financial Aid Scholarships

At Elmhurst, every admitted student receives scholarships based on their academic merits. All scholarships are renewable and stackable. In addition, Elmhurst hosts scholarship competitions for various student populations, including first-generation, service-committed, and transfer students. Winners can receive a full-tuition scholarship and all participants are offered renewable annual financial aid to attend.

Student Life & Student Success

We believe that finding the right balance between academics and a vibrant social life is a priority. At Elmhurst, you will find over 100 organizations with many engaging activities for everyone. To promote your professional development, we offer opportunities at our Weigand Center for Professional Excellence from resume building and finding internships. Strong support systems throughout the university and, the Office of Equity and Inclusion will make sure you feel like you belong. At Elmhurst University, you can feel confident you will acquire the skills, leadership, and experiences to succeed in all aspects of your life.

Special Admissions Policy Test Optional 

If you believe your high school transcript and writing abilities are more representative of your potential, we encourage you to apply under this option. However, you may choose to have test scores considered. If you have previously sent scores to Elmhurst and are applying test-optional, they will not be considered.

Mental Health and Wellness Services

Counseling Services provides a variety of services to help students understand their problems and themselves, achieve more satisfying relationships, improve their academic performance and make more effective life and career choices. These services include counseling for individuals, couples and groups, workshops on campus that cover topics such as managing stress, self-care, and mindfulness, and a serenity room where students can relax and find relief from the stresses of being a student.

In addition, we partnered with Uwill to offer undergraduate students’ free immediate access to teletherapy through its easy-to-use online platform. Uwill is a private, secure, and confidential mental health crisis solution. In addition to Uwill, our students have access to TAO which is an online mental health platform that provides a variety of resources for understanding and managing mental health and wellness.

Mission Statement

Elmhurst University inspires intellectual and personal growth in our students, preparing them for meaningful and ethical contributions to a diverse, global society.