Elmhurst College offers programs for traditional and adult students. The College operates on a 4-1-4 calendar, consisting of a Fall Term, a one-month January Term and a Spring Term. The College also offers an eight-week Summer Term.
Elmhurst offers a full range of academic programs and services to approximately 2,800 traditional students. Courses for traditional students are offered during the day, with some sections occasionally available in the evening or on Saturdays. A full-time faculty of approximately 160 is committed to teaching, scholarship and serving as advisors to students in planning coursework and exploring career choices.
Students at Elmhurst enjoy close collaboration with faculty in general introductory courses as well as in advanced courses. Our average class size is approximately 18, and the student-faculty ratio is 14:1-one of the more desirable in higher education. Academic life at the College is supported by a variety of extracurricular programs, including honor and recognition societies and music and theatre groups.
Graduate and Degree-Completion Programs
Elmhurst provides educational opportunities for students at least 24 years of age and those who have completed their baccalaureate degree. These opportunities include completing a first degree, pursuing a second degree or pursuing a master’s degree program.
Students may attend class during the day, in the evening, or on Saturdays in the Fall, January, Spring and Summer terms. Classes are offered on the Elmhurst College campus, as well as at select off-site locations and online.
Elmhurst offers degree completion programs for adults in applied psychology, business administration and information technology. Graduate programs include master’s degrees and certificates in business, education, health care and technology. See the Degree Completion Programs and Graduate Studies sections of this catalog for more information. For more information about admission, please contact the Office of Admission.
January Term offers innovative educational experiences apart from the traditional curriculum as well as required and elective courses for certain majors. January Term courses emphasize intellectual stimulation, creative study and new approaches to knowledge. Students concentrate on no more than one course credit during January Term and are encouraged to explore new areas of study, often outside their major areas of concentration.
January Term courses include travel opportunities, courses on special topics, team-taught courses and field experiences in which the student takes on a job related to his or her academic major. Field experiences may serve as enrichment to a declared field of concentration, or may be designed as a career exploration. Students interested in this program should contact the Russell G. Weigand Center for Professional Excellence.
Enrollment in the January Term does not require admission to the College for undergraduate students. For graduate students, courses offered in January meet the requirements of the respective graduate programs. To enroll in graduate courses in January, students must be admitted to the graduate program or have permission from the graduate program director. January Term is four weeks in length, but many courses are offered in other formats.
Undergraduate courses are offered during the summer (2.25 credit maximum at the same time) in both day and evening for Elmhurst College students, students from other colleges and universities, and recent secondary-school graduates. Non-degree students seeking personal or professional growth and development are also welcome. The Summer Term meets a variety of needs. Many undergraduate students enroll to further their progress toward degree programs. Enrollment in the Summer Term does not require admission to the College for undergraduate students.
Graduate courses offered in the Summer Term meet the requirements of the respective graduate programs. To enroll in these graduate courses, students must be admitted to the graduate program or have permission from the graduate program director. There are select graduate courses that are offered in the Summer Term, which may be taken by non-degree-seeking students. Permission from the graduate program director is required.
The Summer Term is eight weeks in length, but many courses are offered in other formats.