In a vote conducted by Student Government Association (SGA) at the February 28 meeting, 49 legislators voted in favor of changing Elmhurst College’s name to Elmhurst University. Fifteen legislators were in favor of keeping the name as it is and seven abstained from the vote.
In a presentation about the potential name change, SGA president Madiha Ahmed emphasized to legislators at the meeting that the current conversation is only about a name change and would not affect anything else.
"Our core identity and values will always stay the same regardless of what we are,” said Ahmed.
Much of the presentation was devoted to answering questions and concerns the student leaders had in regards to the potential name change.
Legislators asked what would happen to their diplomas if they acquired them prior to the name change.
“For a minimal fee, you can get your diploma changed so it can say Elmhurst University,” replied Phil Riordan, vice president of Student Affairs.
Riordan also addressed questions about whether the size, in terms of expansion and population of the campus, would be increased with the name change.
“We're landlocked. There's really no room for expansion whether we have the name university or not,” he said. “Don't look at this as now we're all of a sudden going to be a 10,000 person institution. That's never going to happen; we don't have the square footage to do that. What we are size wise is what we're going to stay.”
Another frequent question from legislators was whether the cost of the name change would come from students, such as through tuition increases.
Riordan firmly denied this would ever occur.
“I can tell you, absolutely not, your tuition will not go up because of the name change,” he emphasized. “Never ever will tuition dollars go up because of that.”