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Elmhurst, IL
Location: Elmhurst, IL
Enrollment: 3,426
Setting: Suburban
Type: Private, Co-Ed
City Population: 46,558
Climate: 0°C - 30.4°C
U.S. News Rank: #24
International Student Rate: 1%
Why study at Elmhurst College?
About Our Campus

On campus, our students enjoy all the classic amenities of college life, from the wide-open green spaces to the cozy student lounge. The 48-acre grounds are an arboretum, with more than 800 trees and woody plants; our traditional red-brick buildings boast smart classrooms and up-to-date computer technology. Elmhurst is safe and suburban but close to urban.

What’s more, the college has everything you need within walking distance to campus. Or for the more adventurous, the train to Chicago is just a few blocks away.

Who We Are

Founded in 1871, Elmhurst attracts students from across the nation and around the world. In small classes, our students work closely with faculty members who are accomplished scholars and professionals—but above all, they’re dedicated teachers.

Elmhurst College is one of the best in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report; and Money and Forbes magazines consistently rank Elmhurst as one of the Midwest’s best values in higher education.

A Place To Call Home

Elmhurst College combines the charm of a park-like campus with the endless opportunities of the world-class city of Chicago.

Our campus is a short walk from downtown Elmhurst and a 30-minute train ride from Chicago’s Loop. You’ll have easy access to vibrant arts and culture, championship sports teams, lifechanging career opportunities and a lot more.

A Dynamic Music Scene

Chicago boasts some of the world’s best music festivals, from Lollapalooza and Pitchfork to the Jazz and Blues fests. Throughout the year, Chicago music venues host the top names in every genre, from Buddy Guy’s Legends and the Green Mill to the Empty Bottle, the Vic, Metro and the historic Aragon Ballroom.

A Sports Fan’s Paradise

Chicago has more than its share of championship pro sports teams. The Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup three times in less than a decade, and the Cubs’ 2016 World Series victory was a dream come true for generations of fans. The Bears play football at Chicago’s iconic Soldier Field, and the Bulls bring the town together at the United Center. The city also hosts the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Sky WNBA team and the Chicago Fire soccer team.

World-Class Culture

People come to Chicago from all over the world to visit our major cultural institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Second City Theater Chicago comedy club and the Shedd Aquarium. The city is home to more than 120 theater companies, where you can see everything from Broadway musicals to cutting-edge performance art. Closer to campus, the College boasts its own world-class collection of Chicago Imagist art, and the Elmhurst Art Museum is only two blocks from campus.

The Great Outdoors

Close to campus is the Morton Arboretum, a 1,700-acre oasis of greenery, and 100-plus miles of hiking trails through leafy forest preserves. In Chicago you’ll find bike trails, sparkling beaches and one of the world’s best park systems.

In Millennium Park, the city’s newest and most dynamic lakefront green space, you can enjoy outdoor concerts in the summertime or splash around in the quirky Crown Fountain.

Career Opportunities

The Chicago region is the Midwest’s capital of industry, finance, arts and culture, and scientific discovery. From WGN and Soldier Field to Argonne National Laboratory and Morgan Stanley, you’ll have access to internships at some of the world’s top companies. Each year, Elmhurst students choose from some 2,000 options for internships and other career programs.

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Undergraduate Programs
Major Lists


Actuarial Science


Art Business



Business Administration


Communication Sciences and Disorders


Computer Game and Entertainment Technology

Computer Science

Criminal Justice

Digital Media

Educating Young Children (Early Childhood Education)


Elementary Teacher Education


Environmental Science

Exercise Science



Geographic Information Systems



Graphic Design

Health Science Technology


Information Systems

Intercultural Studies


Interdisciplinary Communication Studies

International Business

Jazz Studies

Liberal Studies (adult students only)

Logistics and Supply Chain Management






Music Business

Music Education

Music Performance

Music Theory/Composition

Musical Theatre

Nursing – Prelicensure Option

Nursing – RN to BSN Degree Completion Program


Physical Education


Political Science


Religious Studies

Secondary Education


Sociology – Human Services Concentration


Special Education

Sport Management


Theatre Arts Education

Urban Studies

Tuition & Fees 2019-2020

Admission Schedule

Fall Term: Apply between July 1 and April 15, or until all spaces are filled

Spring Term: Apply between July 1 and December 1

Full-Time Students

  Fall Term January Term Spring Term Total
Tuition * $18,727 n/a $18,727 $37,454
Room ** $3,122 n/a $3,122 $6,244
Basic Plan
$2,133 n/a $2,133 $4,266
Total $23,982 n/a $23,982 $47,964

Part-Time Students

  Per Semester Hour
Tuition $1,065
Summer 2019 $665
Internships and Travel $810


Orientation Fee (new full-time freshmen) $225
Orientation Fee (new transfer students) $75
Academic Technology Fee (all students) $150 per term
Residential Network Fee (residents) $100 per term
Applied Music $75 per credit course
$150 per non-credit course
Resident students $100 per term
Commuters $50 per term
Motorcycle Free
Nursing Fees
Juniors $500 per term
Seniors $500 per term
Biology Lab Fee $50 per lab course
Chemistry Lab Fee $50 per lab course
Art Lab Fee $25 per specific course
Psychology Capstone Field Test $25 per course
Malpractice Insurance
Kinesiology $50 per year
Communication Science and Disorders $30 per year
Sociology $30 per year
Criminal Justice $30 per year
Graduation Fee $40
Transcript Fee $10 per transcript

Additional Estimated Expenses (Annual)

Full-time students $1,200
Part-time students $600
Full-time students living on campus $800
Full-time students living off campus $1,500
Part-time students $499
Personal Expenses
Full-time students living on campus $1,785
Full-time students living off campus $9,145
Full-time students commuting from home $2,645
Part-time students commuting from home $1,280
Full-time adult students (single) $6,645
Part-time adult student (single) $2,280
Full-time adult student (with family) $7,645
Part-time adult student (with family) $2,780

We offer generous scholarships specifically for international students.

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Elmhurst, IL
Location: Elmhurst, IL
Enrollment: 3,426
Setting: Suburban
Type: Private, Co-Ed
City Population: 46,558
Climate: 0°C - 30.4°C
U.S. News Rank: #24
International Student Rate: 1%
“What surprised me the most in this experience is that the students are the center of the College. Elmhurst helps them to succeed and wants them to become better and better.”
Maria K. - Greece