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Elmhurst College
Latin: Collegium Elmhurstiense
Motto In Lumine Tuo Videbimus Lumen
Motto in English In Thy Light We Shall See Light
Established 1871
Type Private
Religious affiliation United Church of Christ
Endowment $70.2 million[1]
President S. Alan Ray
Faculty 127
Undergraduates 2,670
Postgraduates 230
Location Elmhurst, IL, USA
Campus Suburban
Former names Elmhurst Proseminary (1871-1919), Elmhurst Academy and Junior College (1919-1923)
Colors Blue and white         
Nickname Blue Jays
Athletics CCIW

Elmhurst College a four-year liberal arts college in Elmhurst, Illinois.



Carl Frederick Kranz 1871-1874
Phillip Frederick Meusch 1974-1880
Peter Goebel 1880-1887
Daniel Irion 1887-1919
Herman J. Schick 1919-1924
Helmut Richard Niebuhr 1924-1927
Timothy Lehmann 1928-1948
Henry W. Dinkmeyer 1948-1957
Robert C. Stanger 1957-1965
Donald C. Kleckner 1965-1971
Ivan E. Frick 1971-1994
Bryant L. Cureton 1994-2008
S. Alan Ray 2008-present

In 1871, Jennie and Thomas Bryan gave land in Elmhurst to the German Evangelical Synod of the Northwest. This land was given for the purpose of establishing a school to prepare young men for the theological seminary and to train teachers for parochial schools, called the Elmhurst Proseminary. The first students, who were all male, studied Latin, Greek, English, German, music, history, geography, mathematics, science, and religion. All classes were taught in German. It wasn't until 1917 that the catalog was published in English. In 1919, the name was changed to the Elmhurst Academy and Junior College, and the expanded curriculum included courses in public speaking, physical education, economics, psychology, and the history of education. In 1923, the school was renamed Elmhurst College and became a four-year college for men. The college seal was designed in the 1920s by Robert Leonhardt, first registrar of the College, who also served as coach of the football team. Women first enrolled in 1930. The school was first accredited in 1934. In 1949, Elmhurst College offered its first part-time classes.


The campus is 38 acres (154,000 m²) in Elmhurst, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. The Accelerator Art space houses a 350,000-volt Cockcroft-Walton particle accelerator. Originally built by Dr. Sam Allison, professor of physics at University of Chicago. It was moved to Elmhurst in the mid-late 1960s and first beam was run in 1973. The accelerator was initially capable of accelerating voltages of 750KeV, but both newer solid state diodes and proximity to the building structure limits the voltage to 350 KeV. The accelerator now shares the building space with the new-age art gallery. A. C. Buehler Library is home to a collection of Chicago Imagist art. Daniels Hall is home to the computer laboratories, the department of mathematics, computer science and information systems, foreign languages and literatures, and geography and environmental planning. The Instructional Media Center, located on the first floor, houses audio-visual material. Daniels Hall also contains several general purpose classrooms, the Gretsch Recording Studio, the weather station, and specialized laboratories. In 2008, it was named after Illinois Representative Lee Daniels. Constructed in 1911 and named for the fourth president, Irion Hall now exclusively houses the music department, and the building's Buik Recital Hall is used for concerts, recitals, and lectures. Kranz Forum is the site of a statue of Reinhold Niebuhr, a pre-eminent 20th-century theologian and 1910 graduate of Elmhurst College. The statue was sculpted by Robert Berks. Memorial Hall houses the Deicke Center for Nursing Education. Formerly Memorial Library, this building was erected in 1921 to honor the 900 young men of the Evangelical Synod who lost their lives in World War I. Built in 1878, Old Main is the oldest building on campus. It contains classrooms, art and religion faculty offices, and modern art studios. Old Main is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Elmhurst College offers bachelor's degrees and master's degrees. There were approximately 2,670 undergraduate students and 230 graduate students enrolled in Elmhurst College in 2007. [2]. In 2004, the College's Master's program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology was ranked as 5th overall based on student ratings of quality. [3]

Student life



Elmhurst College is a member of the NCAA Division III College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). The Elmhurst Bluejays compete in 18 varsity sports for men and women in bowling, cross country running, soccer, golf, tennis, volleyball, basketball, track and field, softball, football, wrestling, and baseball. Elmhurst was a member of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1925 to 1941. Langhorst field is named in honor of the late Oliver M. Langhorst, class of 1930.

Residence life

The Frick Center houses lounges, dining facilities, a game room, the mailroom, meeting rooms, and radio station WRSE (88.7mHz). The offices of the Student Government Association, Union Board, the yearbook, the college newspaper, Student Affairs and Student Activities, the Chaplain's Office, and the Writing Center are in this building. Formerly known as the College Union, this building was renamed in 1994 to honor the College's eleventh president, Dr. Ivan E. Frick, and his wife, Ruth Hudson Frick.

Students who live on campus reside in five residence halls. Dinkmeyer Hall, built in 1956, is named for the eighth president of the College and also houses the drop-in child care center. Niebuhr Hall houses a wellness center, which includes student health services and counseling services. North Hall, opened in 1999, also houses the Brinkmeier Vista Lounge and the School for Advanced Learning as well as conference and meeting facilities. Schick Hall, built in 1922 and expanded in 1967 and 1970, is named for Herman Schick, the fifth president of the college. Stanger Hall, built in 1968, is named for the ninth president of the college. West Hall, opened in fall of 2008, is an all-suite residence hall designed for junior-level students. Students of senior credit status are unable to reside in on-campus residence halls, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Senior students are however, able to reside in campus apartments which include the Elm Park apartments, the Prospect apartments, and the Elmhurst Terrace apartments.


The college hash bell is a large handbell rung at Elmhurst College ceremonies as a reminder of the long history of the College. This is the bell that kept the school on schedule in its early years, and generations of alumni have recalled fondly the loud clanging that woke students in the morning, assembled them for classes and activities, and then called them from their chores to dinner in the evening. One of the earliest Elmhurst catalogs declares: "Life in the institution is regulated entirely by the stroke of the bell." Why it came to be called "the Hash Bell" remains a mystery, although it certainly divided up the day as "hash marks" do a football field, and hash may well have been on the dinner menu all too frequently. The Victory Bell is a large bell located in the corner of Langhorst Field, which is rung by every member of the team, after every victory the Elmhurst College football team brings to the school. The haunted Mill Theatre was acquired by Elmhurst College in the early 1960s. Before becoming the primary theatrical space for the college, it functioned as a paper mill operated by the Hammerschmidt family. During that time, there were numerous deaths that occurred on the property due to the hazardous nature of the facility. To this day there are strange accounts of voices and odd apparitions within the Mill Theatre.

The Leader is the student newspaper, WRSE (88.7mHz) is the radio station,[4] the MiddleWestern Voice (MWV) is the student-run art and literary magazine,[5] and The Elms is the yearbook.

Elmhurst College is home to three social sororities and three social fraternities: Alpha Sigma Phi, Alpha Tau Omega, Lambda Chi Alpha, Alpha Phi, Phi Mu, and Sigma Kappa. The Spiritual Life Council is the umbrella organization for most religious student organizations.

Notable persons

Reinhold Niebuhr, a pre-eminent 20th-century theologian, was a 1910 graduate of Elmhurst College. Ricardo Lamas, a WEC fighter, is a 2005 graduate. Jeff Quinn, a 1984 graduate, is the head coach of the University at Buffalo football team. Famous sociologist Peter M. Blau received a bachelor's degree from Elmhurst College in 1942 (see George Ritzer's biographical sketch on Blau in Modern Sociological Theory, 2008:290)

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