Top 20 Universities in Illinois

Elmhurst College
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Illinois has some excellent options for higher education. From giant research universities to small liberal arts colleges, from rural schools to Chicago campuses, Illinois offers something for everyone.

20. Elmhurst College

Elmhurst College is a private institution that was founded in 1871. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,900, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 48 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar.Its tuition and fees are $33,950 (2014-15).

Many fine liberal arts colleges are set in tiny towns amid apple orchards and cornfields. Elmhurst College emphatically breaks the mold. Our tranquil, classically beautiful campus is located near the heart of metropolitan Chicago. Together, our heritage and location shape a distinctive mission.

Elmhurst is a fine liberal arts college that prepares students for professional life through first-hand experience with the professional world. Elmhurst is a college of the United Church of Christ that serves men and women of every faith (and of none). Elmhurst is a friendly, down-to-earth, authentic community that values and advances the life of the mind.


When applying to Elmhurst College, it’s important to note the application deadline is July 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 71.8 percent.

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Elmhurst College is 13:1, and the school has 64.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.

The most popular majors at Elmhurst College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Psychology; and Social Sciences.

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.3 percent.

Student Life

Elmhurst College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,900, with a gender distribution of 40 percent male students and 60 percent female students. At this school, 37 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 63 percent of students live off campus.

Elmhurst College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Campus Services

Elmhurst College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance.

Elmhurst College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Elmhurst College, 85 percent have cars on campus.

Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Elmhurst College.

Cost and Financial Aid

At Elmhurst College, 73 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $21,865.