Accreditations & Affiliations

Phi Beta Kappa keyElon is one of only seven private universities in the nation with accredited schools of law, business, communications and education along with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, which promotes the liberal arts and sciences.

SACS logoElon University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees, the doctor of physical therapy degree and juris doctor degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Elon University.

NCATE logoElon’s teacher education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

ACEJMC wordmarkThe School of Communications is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

AACSB logoElon’s Martha and Spencer Love School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International, AACSB-International.

Elon’s physical therapy education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the North American Physical Therapy Association, 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone number: 703-706-3245; e-mail:; Web site:

ABA logoElon University School of Law was granted full accreditation by the American Bar Association on June 10, 2011.

American Chemical Society logoThe ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional to the Elon University Physician Assistant Program. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Accreditation - Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status and is limited to no more than five years for any program.

American Chemical Society logoElon University is included on the list of colleges and universities approved by the American Chemical Society. Students satisfying the requirements listed for the BS degree with a major in chemistry will be ACS certified upon graduation.

The university is a member of the following associations:

  • The American Council of Education
  • The American Association for Higher Education
  • The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • The Association of American Colleges
  • The Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • The North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities
  • North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators
  • North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
  • The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • The European Council of International Schools
  • Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Independent College Fund of North Carolina
  • The Council of Independent Colleges
  • The Council for Higher Education of the United Church of Christ
  • The International Association for Management Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

Key Facts

Location: Elon, North Carolina
Founded: 1889
Size of campus: 620 acres
Colors: Maroon & Gold
Mascot: The Phoenix

Enrollment 2014-15

Undergraduate: 5,782
Graduate: 701
Total: 6,483

On-campus residents: 62%
Male/female ratio: 41%/59%
Ethnic diversity: 16%

Top states (undergrad):

Elon students come from 49 states, the District of Columbia and 47 other nations

Freshman admissions

2014-15 Applications: 10,443
Acceptance rate: 54%
SAT/ACT average: 1834/27
Academic GPA: 4.0

2014-15 Cost

Tuition & fees: $31,247
Room & board: $10,667


Calendar: 4-1-4 (includes January term)
60+ majors
Full-time faculty: 402
Student/faculty ratio: 12/1
Average class size: 20
4-year graduation rate: 77%
6-year graduation rate: 81%
Freshman retention rate: 91%

Students by major:
(includes double and triple majors)

Graduate programs

Total enrollment 701
By program:

The Elon Experiences

Undergraduate participation:

  • Volunteer service – 86%
  • Internships – 86%
  • Study abroad – 72%
  • Leadership – 43%
  • Undergraduate research – 22%


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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