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Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate75%
Acceptance Rate75%

Elmhurst University Admissions

If you are 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 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 20%
Mean SAT Score 1078
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 76%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 29%
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

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 65% of early action applicants and 75% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, Elmhurst University admitted 1,5 of the 2,297 who applied early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Elmhurst University Admissions

How To Get Into Elmhurst University

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

In 2021, Elmhurst University accepted 75% of all applicants, about 2,817 of the 3,762 students who applied.

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 Does Elmhurst University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling 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 admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Elmhurst University

Wondering what factors are considered by Elmhurst University 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
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Application Essay Important
Interview Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

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

Elmhurst University Application Requirements

To apply to Elmhurst University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in 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
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
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.

Out of all students that were admitted, 35% submitted a class rank. At Elmhurst University 20% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 46% were in the top 25% and 82% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Elmhurst University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 22.95%
3.75 and 3.99 18.74%
3.50 and 3.74 14.99%
3.25 and 3.49 18.03%
3.00 and 3.24 10.54%
2.50 and 2.9 12.88%
2.00 and 2.49 1.87%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Elmhurst University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights 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 looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 76% of Elmhurst University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 29% 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 aim to score between 980 and 1170 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Elmhurst University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1170 and 25% of scored lower than 980, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Elmhurst University student is 1078.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Elmhurst University students scored 580 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Elmhurst University students scored 590 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Elmhurst University?

To be most competitive at Elmhurst University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Elmhurst University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 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.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

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

• Spring 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 • Life Long Learning Credit

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

✅ Elmhurst University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Elmhurst University?

❌ No, Elmhurst University is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to submit your ACT or SAT scores. 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?

✅ Elmhurst University has an acceptance rate of 75%.

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 65% 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 75%. This means that the institution accepts 74 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

980 - 1170


Math SAT Range

490 - 580


Reading SAT Range

490 - 590

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1170 and Above


980 to 1170


980 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Elmhurst University students is 1078. Applicants with SAT scores of 1170 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Elmhurst University, while applicants with SAT scores between 980 to 1170 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 980 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Elmhurst University.

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 3.59. 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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