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Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate76%

Elmhurst University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Elmhurst University. The university admitted 76% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 5,679 applications received in 2023, 4,325 students were offered admission.

If you are thinking about applying to Elmhurst University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Elmhurst University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Elmhurst University's admissions stats.

Elmhurst University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 32%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 7%
Waitlist No

Elmhurst University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Elmhurst University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 December 1

Considering Applying Early to Elmhurst University?

Elmhurst University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Elmhurst University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 1.

Elmhurst University accepts roughly 97% of early action applicants and 76% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Elmhurst University admitted 1,97 of the 2,24 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early to help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Elmhurst University Admissions

How Challenging Is It To Get Admitted to Elmhurst University?

Getting into Elmhurst University is moderately difficult. Elmhurst University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Elmhurst University accepted 76% of all applicants, approximately 4,325 from the 5,679 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Elmhurst University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Elmhurst University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Elmhurst University

Elmhurst University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Elmhurst University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Elmhurst University

What does Elmhurst University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Interview Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Elmhurst University for more information on admission factors.

Elmhurst University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Elmhurst University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Elmhurst University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Elmhurst University?

Students admitted to Elmhurst University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Elmhurst University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 32% of Elmhurst University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 7% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Elmhurst University?

To be competitive with other Elmhurst University applicants, you should strive to score between 970 and 1220 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Elmhurst University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1220 and 25% of scored lower than 970, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Elmhurst University students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Elmhurst University students scored 630 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

To be most competitive at Elmhurst University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Elmhurst University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Elmhurst University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

More Information on Transferring to Elmhurst University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Elmhurst University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Elmhurst University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Elmhurst University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Elmhurst University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Elmhurst University.

Does Elmhurst University accept transfer credits?

✅ Elmhurst University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Elmhurst University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning Credit

Does Elmhurst University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Elmhurst University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Elmhurst University?

❌ No, Elmhurst University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Elmhurst University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Elmhurst University is 76%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Elmhurst University?

❌ Elmhurst University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Elmhurst University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Elmhurst University was 97% in 2021.

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Elmhurst University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Elmhurst University? Elmhurst University is a somewhat selective institution. The Elmhurst University acceptance rate is 76%. This means that the institution accepts 76 out of every 100 applicants.


Elmhurst University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Elmhurst University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Elmhurst University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Elmhurst University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

970 - 1220


Math SAT Range

480 - 610


Reading SAT Range

500 - 630

Elmhurst University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Elmhurst University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.58. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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