About Elon University

Elon University is recognized as the preeminent university for engaged learning, preparing students to put their knowledge into action on campus, in the community and around the world. Elon is regularly cited as one of the great success stories in higher education, with the following distinctions:

  • A close-knit, inclusive, student-centered community
  • Active, experiential approach to teaching and learning
  • Mentoring student-faculty relationships
  • Strong liberal arts and sciences core
  • Professional schools that meet the highest standards of excellence
  • 24/7 residential learning experience
  • Outstanding value

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 are inspired to become global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good.

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's 5,782 undergraduate and 701 graduate students come from 49 states 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 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 consistently ranked as one of the nation's top universities 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.

Elon's four-year graduation rate of 77 percent ranks in the top 10 percent of U.S. private universities. Student Professional Development Center counselors work with students from their first year 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 its 2015 "America's Best Colleges" guide, U.S. News & World Report ranks Elon #1 among Southern master's-level universities and recognizes Elon more often than any other university in the nation for programs that are "Focused on Student Success." Princeton Review ranks Elon among the nation's 379 "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 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 beautiful and historic 620-acre campus in central North Carolina is designated as a botanical garden, and is consistently recognized as one of the nation's most beautiful collegiate 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):

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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