Elmhurst's academics are often overlooked, but no program offered by the College is substantially weak. Even though the College is considered a master’s or regional college, its classes are structured more like a liberal arts college. The largest classes have around 50 students, and this really only applies to a few introductory science classes. Most majors contain less than 100 students, so students end up knowing others in their major very well. Almost all of the professors have the highest degree in their field, so a lack of teacher expertise is almost never an issue. The workload depends on a student’s major. Business majors, who make up the largest percentage of students here, seem to have one of the lightest workloads at Elmhurst, while science majors have the largest workloads because they build off the prominent nursing program.
The overall academic prestige of the College is really high in the Chicago area. Students who graduate from Elmhurst consistently get accepted into graduate programs at the University of Chicago and Northwestern. Elmhurst’s reputation can help a student go wherever he or she wants to go, but they also need to take advantage of the Center for Professional Excellence (which contains the honors program) and the Niebuhr Center. Both set up internships, study abroad opportunities, and provide many service opportunities.