Elmhurst College can trace its roots back to 1871 when the German Evangelical Synod of the Northwest established Elmhurst Proseminary for preparing young men for theological pursuits. The school emphasized a number of liberal arts disciplines and conducted all courses in German until 1917. In 1919, the school became the Elmhurst Academy and Junior College - featuring an expanded curriculum and English-language classes. Five years later, the school was renamed Elmhurst College, a four-year institution for men - allowing women to enroll in 1930. Elmhurst remains affiliated with the United Church of Christ.
Students living in student housing or an off campus apartment at Elmhurst have access to the school's various academic programs in more than 22 undergraduate departments along with nine graduate-level degrees. The school's popular programs include history, philosophy, urban studies, nursing, music, communication arts and sciences, chemistry, religious studies, education and political science.
Student living and university living at Elmhurst revolve around the school's 18 varsity athletics programs for men and women. The Elmhurst Bluejays compete in the NCAA's Division III as part of the CCIW in Illinois and Wisconsin. Sports include football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, cross country, bowling and wrestling among others. Students are also within range of major Chicago landmarks like Willis Tower, Grant Park, Navy Pier, the Loop and Wrigley Field.
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