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Elmhurst University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Elmhurst, Illinois. Elmhurst is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

94 Undergraduate Degrees
17 Graduate Degrees
$32,701 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
66% Acceptance Rate

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Elmhurst University Rankings

Elmhurst landed the #167 spot in our 2023 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 958 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

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.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Elmhurst.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#112 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Elmhurst has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#77 Highest Paid Master’s Degree Teacher Education Grade Specific Graduates College Factual
#112 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Course Advisor

Where Is Elmhurst University?


Contact details for Elmhurst are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 190 Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126-3296
Phone: 630-279-4100

How Do I Get Into Elmhurst?

You can apply to Elmhurst online at:

Admission Requirements for Elmhurst

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Elmhurst?

66% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
76% Submit SAT Scores
Elmhurst has an acceptance rate of 66%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

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.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Elmhurst University  ( 490 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Elmhurst University  ( 490 to 580 )
Elmhurst received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Elmhurst University  ( 20 to 26 )
ACT Math Scores for Elmhurst University  ( 18 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Elmhurst University  ( 20 to 26 )

Can I Afford Elmhurst University?

$32,701 Net Price
67% Take Out Loans
3.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Elmhurst is $32,701. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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

2,687 Full-Time Undergraduates
63% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,838 undergraduate students at Elmhurst, with 2,687 being full-time and 151 being part-time.


There are also 583 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,687 full-time undergraduates at Elmhurst, 37% are male and 63% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Elmhurst University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 177
Black or African American 155
Hispanic or Latino 725
White 1,483
International Students 33
Other Races/Ethnicities 114

Geographic Diversity

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

454 Took All Classes Online
2,941 Took At Least One Class Online
53.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 2,941 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Elmhurst has changed over the last few years.


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
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching #31 #31

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 #449 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Elmhurst regardless of major.

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 Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
General Special Education 25 3 28
Teacher Education 28 0 28
Early Childhood Education 13 5 18
General Education 4 9 13
Music Education 9 0 9
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 7 0 7
History Education 4 0 4
Biology Education 2 0 2
Art Education 1 0 1
Secondary Education 1 0 1
Other Education 0 0 0
Speech Teacher Education 0 0 0
Elementary Education 0 0 0
TOTAL 94 17 111


*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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