Elmhurst - Elmhurst College

190 Prospect Avenue

Elmhurst College is a private college, enriched by its liberal arts heritage, established in 1871 by Protestant German immigrants and affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

The College seeks to support a diverse and caring community of scholars, teachers, students, and staff who work together for the purpose of learning. The College dedicates itself to the development of humane values, the skills of critical and creative inquiry, the capacity and desire to serve others, commitment to meaningful work, understanding of global interdependence, and responsible citizenship. The College affirms the spiritual basis for living a meaningful and purposeful life.

Elmhurst College fulfills its mission through:

- Students who are ready for the challenge of education and who look forward to a lifetime of learning;
- Faculty who demonstrate their love for learning through scholarship, and their passion for teaching by guiding the studies, sustaining the spirits, and raising the aspirations of students;
- Administrators and trustees whose vision and leadership strengthen and serve the College in its ongoing pursuit of excellence;
- Staff whose contributions enhance the educational, social, and physical environment of the College;
- Alumni who embrace lives of service to the College, the country, and humankind;
- Academic programs in which liberal education and professional learning enrich each other through an integration of knowledge and values from a variety of disciplines;
- A College community that honors, learns from, and contributes to the richness of human diversity;
- A College community that encourages its members to participate in the life of the College;
- A College community that develops its members as responsible citizens of the world; and
- A College community that stands for the historic traditions of the United Church of Christ for personal faith, religious freedom, and social justice.


Brian Reher

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
A few things set Elmhurst College apart from other schools. One thing that was notable for me was how commuter friendly it was. A lot of schools it seems, whether it's a cultural thing or they just want your money are really heavy handed about staying on campus. Elmhurst it seems actually has found a niche of people like me who simply could not live on campus and was helpful and accommodating. My situation was that I just didn't have the money to live on a college campus, and couldn't bring myself to take out a loan. I got a full time job delivering pizzas while living with my mom and pop, and I applied for every scholarship I could. Elmhurst isn't just a budget-friendly school that works with non-traditional schools though. The professors are top notch. I can't attest to ALL programs, but the business department has successful business executives and entrepreneurs teaching the classes, and the professors themselves are easy to talk to. I know from friends and connections in hospitals and schools that Elmhurst Students graduates are very desirable hires, because of the school's track record for producing excellent workers. I didn't really live on campus, but neither did the "on campus" students really. You're a 5 minute walk from downtown Elmhurst, a really nice neighborhood with lots of shops, a variety of food venues, a historic movie theater, a grocery store, 24 hour pharmacies, and about a dozen top notch pizza places (shout out to Pizza Palace on Addison Street). Also, students on campus are within a 10 minute walk from their dorm rooms to the metra train line, giving them access to the Chicago loop, so you could step out of your dorm room at 8am and be at the Sears Tower by 9am. I like that Elmhurst was a safe town for college students, Elmhurst itself has a really low crime rate. Definitely safe for a student to be out at any hour of the day (like for a 2am energy drink run when pulling an all nighter). I'd describe Elmhurst college as diversity welcoming. The school historically has made efforts to reach out to groups experiencing difficult times, such as Japanese Americans in the 1940's and Muslim Americans in the 2000's. You'll meet several international students, mainly from Germany, though I met a Chinese and a French student there as well. Just as importantly, they encourage diversity of thought, different ideas are discussed, not attacked. The school has areas to improve on, without a doubt, but if the average school is 3 stars, and a good school is 4 starts, then I figure Elmhurst deserves 5 because it serves its niches perfectly.

John Boland

Friday, April 28, 2017
Probably the best investment my parents made. My twin brother and I could easily have attended the Univ. of Wisconsin (Madison), but when my dad (class of '32) suggested we take a short trip south, we immediately fell in love with everything ! I don't think I cold have gotten a better education ANYWHERE. I took an histology class there where the teacher-student ratio was 1:11 !! An absolutely beautiful campus. Modern athletic facilities along with fine arts. Will be back in late Sept. for my 50th.

Andy Glowaty

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
Great Jazz Festival!

Joe Grotto

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Liberal Arts college with an arboretum on campus and right by downtown Elmhurst. Large commuting student body. I graduated from Elmhurst and have nothing but great things to say from my time there. The faculty are innovative, experienced in their professions and supportive. Best of all are their internship and study abroad programs!

Bill Angelos

Friday, April 22, 2016
I had an afternoon to kill while visiting Chicago so we stopped in to kill some time and walk around. Its a beautiful campus and you can walk around and easily kill a fall afternoon here. The only down side is that there is not any obvious public bathrooms. We found one of the students that was nice enough to let us into one of the buildings (electronic key card required for entry) so that we could use the bathroom.

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