Elmhurst College in the Chicago area is thriving and people are taking notice. Recently they were ranked by U.S. News #3 in the Midwest for the strength of its undergraduate teaching. Troy D. VanAken, President of the college, remarked, “This category relies on nominations from our 165 peer institutions, so our showing reflects that word is spreading about our excellent academic reputation.”
This comes amidst strong growth for the school. The incoming freshman class and overall enrollment are at record highs. The school is on solid financial footing, with fundraising at a 250% increase over the previous year. In many ways it is a challenging time for higher education. Schools that are continuing to grow and flourish offer important lessons on the way forward.