2019-2020 Elmhurst Catalog 
    Dec 10, 2019  
2019-2020 Elmhurst Catalog

About Elmhurst College

A private college in the heart of the Chicago metropolitan area, Elmhurst College is committed to helping students reach their potential in college and in the world beyond.

Elmhurst is one of the top colleges in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report; and Money and Forbes Magazine ranks Elmhurst College as one of the region’s best values in higher education. With more than 60 undergraduate majors, 15 pre-professional programs and a full array of graduate programs, Elmhurst boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of just 14 to 1. In small classes, professors get to know their students as individuals.

The College’s campus is a green oasis in the heart of a safe, quiet suburb but it’s also just a half-hour train ride from downtown Chicago, giving students unlimited access to world-class cultural and professional opportunities.

On campus, students get involved in more than 100 activities, from theatre to intramurals to the Mock Trial Team. The student newspaper wins awards; the radio station has been on the air since 1947. The campus regularly hosts performances, art exhibits and an outstanding array of guest speakers.

Elmhurst’s 20 varsity sports teams compete in the CCIW, one of the top conferences in NCAA Division III athletics. Bluejay teams have won conference championships in a variety of sports, and they compete in first-rate facilities.

More than 80 percent of Elmhurst undergraduates gain on-the-job experience through internships or service work, and 93 percent of Elmhurst graduates find full-time employment or enter graduate school within a year of graduation. Our robust career programs include more than 2,000 options for internships and other professional experiences.


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


Elmhurst College aspires to be a national leader in undergraduate and graduate education, recognized for the success of our students and alumni, our innovative faculty and staff, and our local, national, and international partnerships.


  • Intellectual Excellence: We promote intellectual freedom, curiosity, and engagement; critical and creative inquiry; rigorous debate; innovative thinking and integrity in all endeavors. We ignite a passion for learning.
  • Community: We build a welcoming community that values and embraces diversity and inclusion. We achieve this through mutual respect, compassion for others, honest and open communication, and fairness and integrity in all that we do.
  • Social Responsibility: We respect the dignity of every individual and promote responsible citizenship and civic engagement. We advocate for social justice on local, national and global levels. We act on our social responsibilities and empower others to do the same.
  • Stewardship: We are stewards of the human, fiscal and physical resources entrusted to us. We are accountable to one another for the quality of our community, the strength of our finances, and the utility and beauty of our campus as a place of intellectual engagement and personal growth. We pursue innovations that respect the environment and foster sustainability in the management of our resources.
  • Faith, Meaning and Values: We are grounded in our individual traditions and those of the United Church of Christ and are committed to the development of the human spirit in its many forms through dialogue, inquiry and service.

Educational Goals

Students at Elmhurst College complete an academic program that encompasses both broad experiences across a range of disciplines and the mastery of a particular body of knowledge and method.

Our programs strive to educate students who:

  • Carry through life the desire to learn, and the ability to solve problems and think clearly and independently, with tolerance and openness tempered by healthy skepticism and intellectual vigor;
  • Are conversant with historical trends in the humanities, sciences and social sciences;
  • Take delight in the richness of language through the mastery of reading, writing, listening and speaking;
  • Know the joy of creativity in all intellectual activities and appreciate the unique creative opportunities afforded by the literary, visual and performing arts;
  • Understand the natural world and issues related to humankind’s place in it, and have to experience with the methods of science and technology;
  • Understand the importance of spiritual values as a basis for living a meaningful and purposeful life and are cognizant of religious traditions and their roles in modern society;
  • Honor their responsibilities as members of a free and democratic society and are committed to social justice, personal integrity and service to others;
  • Are sensitive to the disparities of human circumstance and show respect and compassion for all individuals;
  • Understand and affirm their membership in a diverse, yet interdependent, multicultural, global society;
  • Endow the work they do with competent and creative effort, provide service to the community and treat all persons with consideration;
  • Are able to live good lives of healthful vitality, moral and spiritual sensitivity and intellectual integrity.


  • The College is accredited by the following organizations:
  • The Higher Learning Commission*
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (baccalaureate and master’s)**
  • The Illinois State Department of Education
  •  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language
  • Pathology (graduate program)
  • Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) (graduate program)
  • American Chemical Society (baccalaureate)


The College subscribes to the Statement of Principles of Good Practice of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and is a member of the following organizations:

  • The American College Personnel Association
  • The American Council on Education
  • The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers
  • The American Association of University Women
  • The Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area
  • The Associated Colleges of Illinois
  • The Association of American College and Universities
  • The Association for Continuing Higher Education
  • The College Board
  • The Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • The Council for Higher Education of the United Church of Christ
  • The Council of Independent Colleges
  • The Council on International Educational Exchange
  • The Council of West Suburban Colleges
  • The Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities
  • The Forum on Education Abroad
  • The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling
  • Institute of International Education
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • The National Academic Advising Association
  • The National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
  •  National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA)
  • The National League for Nursing

* The Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440 or (312) 263-0456

** The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (292) 887-6791

Admission and Financial Aid

Elmhurst College admits academically qualified applicants who show evidence of their ability to complete college-level work, based on their high school performance, good standing at another college or university, or both.

Elmhurst subscribes to a “need-blind” admission policy. That is, admission decisions are made independently from considerations of financial need. We encourage campus visits and admission interviews.

Elmhurst is committed to making college affordable through grants, scholarships, loans and work-study; nearly all students qualify for some form of financial aid.

Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Policy

It is the policy of Elmhurst College (the College) to afford equal opportunity to and not discriminate against students, employees and applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, pregnancy, marital status or other protected status as those terms are defined by applicable federal, state and local law.

The College acts in compliance with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”). Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. Title IX states (in part):

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial aid.”

The College’s Title IX Coordinator is responsible for implementing and monitoring Title IX compliance on behalf of Elmhurst College. Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the College’s prohibition against sex discrimination and other interpersonal misconduct should be directed to the College’s Title IX Coordinator, who will be available to meet with or talk to students regarding issues relating to Title IX and the College’s Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Policy. The Title IX Coordinator for the College is the Vice President of Student Affairs.

The College does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of physical or mental disability. To ensure equal access to its programs and activities, the College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. The College’s ADA/504 Disability Services Coordinator is located in the Learning Center, Frick Center 229, and is responsible for determining appropriate accommodations in conjunction with the student and other College representatives, as appropriate.

For the College’s complete Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Policy, please refer to the Title IX section of the College’s website.