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 arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional and graduate programs. The 433 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 81 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 Health Sciences; and the School of Law, which is located on a campus in downtown Greensboro, N.C.
Elon's 6,045 undergraduate and 746 graduate students come from 49 states and 58 other countries. About 25 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-nine 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, with 89 percent of students participating in service-learning. In addition, 87 percent of students complete internships, 45 percent of students hold at least one campus leadership position, and 27 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. 
Elon is the only university in the nation recognized for excellence in all eight academic programs that “Focus on Student Success” in the 2018 "America's Best Colleges" guide published by U.S. News & World Report. 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 382 "best colleges." 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 656-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: 656 acres
Colors: Maroon & Gold
Mascot: The Phoenix

Enrollment 2017-18

Undergraduate: 6,045
Graduate: 746
Total: 6,791

Top states (undergrad):

Elon students come from 49 states, the District of Columbia and 58 other nations

First-year admissions

2017-18 Applications: 9,623
Admitted: 6,402
Enrolled: 1,573
SAT average: 1223
ACT average: 27
Average GPA: 3.98

2017-18 Cost

Tuition & fees: $34,273
Room & board: $11,869


Calendar: 4-1-4 (includes January term)
60+ majors
Full-time faculty: 433
Student/faculty ratio: 12/1
Average class size: 20
4-year graduation rate: 81%
Freshman retention rate: 89%

Students by major:
(includes double and triple majors)

Graduate programs

Total enrollment: 746

The Elon Experiences

Undergraduate participation:

  • Volunteer service– 89%
  • Internships– 87%
  • Study abroad– 79%
  • Leadership– 45%
  • Undergraduate research– 27%


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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