Elmhurst College: Narrative Description

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190 Prospect Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126-3296
Tel: (630)617-3500
Free: 800-697-1871
Admissions: (630)617-3400
Fax: (630)617-5501
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.elmhurst.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with United Church of Christ. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1871. Setting: 38-acre suburban campus with easy access to Chicago. Endowment: $59.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7057 per student. Total enrollment: 2,670. Faculty: 278 (110 full-time, 168 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,487 applied, 76% were admitted. 24% from top 10% of their high school class, 48% from top quarter, 79% from top half. Full-time: 2,129 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 355 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 21 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 5% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 22% 25 or older, 40% live on campus. Retention: 83% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, interview. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $26,394 includes full-time tuition ($20,090) and college room and board ($6304). College room only: $3634. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $572 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 11% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Programming Board and Student Government, theater and music groups, Black Student Union, residence life groups, Hablamos. Major annual events: homecoming, Orientation/Welcome Week, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 805 college housing spaces available; 796 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Buehler Library with 222,441 books, 50,605 microform titles, 2,010 serials, 7,537 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.2 million. 345 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

A beautiful residential suburb of Chicago, 16 miles west of the Loop, Elmhurst has a population of approximately 40,000. Residents enjoy the advantages of life in a small city and the resources of a large city with its social and cultural facilities.

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