About Elon University

Elon University is the premier student-centered learning environment, preparing graduates to be the ethical leaders the world needs. Elon students are ambitious, curious and compassionate, inspired to be big-thinkers and creative problem-solvers.
Elon has built a national reputation for excellence based on five key factors:
  • Student-centered: Elon is a close community – students develop strong, mentoring relationships with faculty and staff, with their peers and with alumni.
  • Globally engaged: You'll find Elon students engaged in learning in every corner of the world through the university’s top-ranked study abroad program. 
  • Experiential: We learn best through experience, so an Elon education is filled with hands-on learning opportunities in the classroom, in the lab and on the job.
  • Environment for learning: With one of the nation's finest residential campuses, Elon provides facilities and learning resources that breed powerful collaboration and spark bold ideas.
  • Ambitious: Members of our community are restless in all the right ways, unafraid to set high expectations, rising to every challenge and constantly striving to build a better world.
Elon’s rigorous curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional and graduate programs. The 424 full-time faculty members teach in more than 60 undergraduate majors, along with master's programs in business administration, management, education, interactive media and physician assistant studies; and doctoral programs in physical therapy and law. Elon's four-year graduation rate of 78 percent ranks in the top 10 percent of U.S. private universities.
The university includes Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the School of Law; and the School of Health Sciences.
Elon's 5,903 undergraduate and 728 graduate students come from 50 states and 49 other countries. About 27 percent are from North Carolina, with strong enrollment numbers from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and other states across the country.
Elon sends more undergraduate students to study abroad than any other master’s-level university in the nation. Seventy-two percent of Elon graduates have at least one international study experience, often combined with internships, research or service. In addition, Elon's Study USA program includes opportunities to study in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Alaska and other locations.
Elon is among the nation’s top universities for producing Fulbright Student Scholars, Peace Corps volunteers and Teach for America educators. Elon earns top rankings for community service by the federal government’s Corporation for National and Community Service. In addition, 86 percent of students complete internships, 47 percent of students hold at least one campus leadership position, and 23 percent of students work with faculty mentors on undergraduate research projects.
Elon’s engaging intellectual climate is distinguished by supportive and collaborative human relationships that promote personal growth. More than 200 student organizations flourish, providing a rich array of opportunities to get involved. Student Professional Development Center counselors work with students to create personal development plans, resumes and strong networking skills. The robust Elon Network of employers, alumni and parents provides connections to internships and career opportunities. 
In the 2016 "America's Best Colleges" guide, U.S. News & World Report recognizes Elon more often than any other university in the nation for eight academic programs that are focused on student success. U.S. News also ranks Elon #1 among Southern master's-level universities, with #1 rankings for undergraduate teaching and innovation. Princeton Review ranks Elon among the nation's 380 "best colleges" and #1 for study abroad. Bloomberg Businessweek ranks Elon among the nation’s top undergraduate business, marketing and MBA programs. Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine names Elon one of the nation's "best value" private universities.
Elon is a member of the Colonial Athletics Association, and the Phoenix athletics program includes 17 intercollegiate men's and women's sports in NCAA Division I (FCS football). In addition, Elon offers 18 intramural and 21 club sports.
Elon's historic 636-acre campus in central North Carolina is designated as a botanical garden and includes the 56-acre Elon University Forest, a land preserve and natural area for scientific research; and Loy Farm, a center for environmental research and sustainability that includes a solar farm.
Elon is an academic community that provides the right balance of challenge and encouragement, helping students discover the ambition to seek something great, and the courage to achieve it. Elon is a university with a powerful trajectory – ever on the rise and always striving to achieve higher levels of excellence.

Key Facts

Location: Elon, North Carolina
Founded: 1889
Size of campus: 636 acres
Colors: Maroon & Gold
Mascot: The Phoenix

Enrollment 2015-16

Undergraduate: 5,903
Graduate: 728
Total: 6,631

On-campus residents: 62%
Male/female ratio: 41%/59%
Ethnic diversity: 17%

Top states (undergrad):

Elon students come from 50 states, the District of Columbia and 49 other nations

Freshman admissions

2015-16 Applications: 10,257
Acceptance rate: 57%
Typical SAT range: 1690-1920
Typical ACT range: 25-29
Average GPA: 3.95

2015-16 Cost

Tuition & fees: $32,172
Room & board: $10,998


Calendar: 4-1-4 (includes January term)
60+ majors
Full-time faculty: 424
Student/faculty ratio: 12/1
Average class size: 20
4-year graduation rate: 78%
6-year graduation rate: 83%
Freshman retention rate: 90%

Students by major:
(includes double and triple majors)

Graduate programs

Total enrollment 728

The Elon Experiences

Undergraduate participation:

  • Volunteer service– 88%
  • Internships– 86%
  • Study abroad– 72%
  • Leadership– 47%
  • Undergraduate research– 23%


17 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports in NCAA Division I (FCS in football)

18 intramural sports and 21 club sports for men and women

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