About Elon University

Elon University is a selective, independent university renowned as a national model for engaged learning, along with excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs. Elon's beautiful and historic campus in central North Carolina is designated as a botanical garden.

Elon’s rich intellectual community is characterized by active student engagement with a faculty dedicated to excellent teaching and scholarly accomplishment. The curriculum is grounded in the traditional liberal arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional and graduate programs. Elon students put knowledge into practice, fulfilling their roles as global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good.

Elon sends more undergraduate students to study abroad than any other master’s-level school in the nation, and was named one of the top three universities in the nation for community service by the federal government’s Corporation for National and Community Service. In addition, 86 percent of students complete internships, 43 percent of students hold at least one campus leadership position, and about 22 percent of students annually work with faculty members on undergraduate research projects.

In its 2014 "America's Best Colleges" guide, U.S. News & World Report rates Elon #1 among Southern Regional Universities and among the top colleges and universities in the nation "with an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching."Newsweek-Kaplan has named Elon the nation's "leader in engaged learning" and Princeton Review ranks Elon among the nation's 378 "best colleges." Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and the Fiske Guide to Colleges both name Elon one of the nation's "best value" private universities.

Elon's 402 full-time faculty teach in more than 60 undergraduate majors. 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. Master's programs are offered in business administration, education, interactive media and physician assistant studies, and doctoral programs include physical therapy and law. Elon operates on a 4-1-4 academic calendar, including a four-week term in January.

Elon's 5,782 undergraduate and 701 graduate students come from 49 states, the District of Columbia and 47 other nations. About 22 percent are from North Carolina, with 10 percent from Massachusetts, 8 percent each from New Jersey and Maryland, 7 percent from Virginia and 6 percent each from Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York.

Elon Phoenix athletics include 17 intercollegiate men's and women's sports in NCAA Division I (FCS football), and Elon is a member of the Colonial Athletics Association. In addition, many students actively participate in 18 intramural and 21 club sports.

Elon's 620-acre campus is consistently recognized as one of the nation's most beautiful college environments. The campus includes the 56-acre Elon University Forest, a land preserve and natural area for scientific research.

Elon was founded in 1889, and its core values have remained constant throughout history: close relationships between faculty and students, a culture that supports constant innovation, and a strong sense of community. Daily events, social gatherings and sidewalk conversations are the hallmarks of this friendly and welcoming academic community.

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):
NC – 22%
MA – 10%
NJ, MD - 8% each
VA - 7%
CT, NY, PA- 6% each

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

Freshman admissions

2013-14 Applications: 9,949
Acceptance rate: 54%
SAT average: 1830
Academic GPA: 4.0

2013-14 Cost

Tuition & fees: $30,149
Room & board: $9,897


Calendar: 4-1-4 (includes January term)
60+ majors
Full-time faculty: 394; 88% with Ph.D.
Student/faculty ratio: 12/1
Average class size: 21
4-year graduation rate: 80%
6-year graduation rate: 82%
Freshman retention rate: 90%

Students by major:
(includes double and triple majors)

Graduate programs

Total enrollment 706
By program:

The Elon Experiences

Undergraduate participation:

  • Volunteer service – 85%
  • Internships – 87%
  • Study abroad – 72%
  • Leadership – 47%
  • Undergraduate research – 25%


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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