Elmhurst, IL
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5 College Junior

Academics: The registration process is quite easy! There are many study areas available such as the study rooms in the library.

4 College Junior

Academics: It is very challenging but the professors are great at teaching the courses and prepare you for the next step.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are okay. Unless you are a biology or chemistry major, most classes are not challenging.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is fairly okay. I wish liberal art schools had more flexibilities when it comes to majors in general. Like if I want to become a cartoon animator or a fashion designer I would have to transfer. If I wanted to study law, I would have to transfer. If I wanted to study marine biology, I would have to transfer. I think that the students who choose to come to a private liberal arts college can sometimes be superficial, stuck up and snobby. Their use to getting what every they want, when they want. So therefore some students would complain about the facilities like the lunchroom food, the cafeteria doesn't make my salad the way I want it. Or my pizza is to greasy, but I think all the food and college facilities are awesome.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The faculty in the Business department are very helpful and the professors are very interested in what they teach. Moreover, they have plenty of field experience to share. They workload is average but the internships are exceptional.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 160th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 185th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 217th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 330th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 356th
    Best Course Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Colin Ashwood
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Political Science
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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.

Facts & Statistics

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Programs/Majors Offered
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Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 58%
  • 20 to 49 students: 42%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist: 3%
  • Elementary Education: 3%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
Elmhurst offers part-time online master's programs.
Best Places to Study
  • Founders Lounge
  • The library
Tips to Succeed
  • Check out the Niebuhr Center and Center for Professional Excellence early. The staffs there will help you achieve almost any goal.
  • Do not use other students as academic examples. Your school work should come first because Elmhurst is more difficult than it appears, and freshmen do fail out.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 23 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 21 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants
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