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Elon Academy Fast Facts

  • There are 137 scholars in the Elon Academy
    • 76 scholars are in college
    • 61 scholars are in high school

High School Scholars

  • 80% of scholars complete the high school program.
  • 100% of scholars who complete the high school program are accepted at colleges and universities.
  • 100% of high school scholars are enrolled in at least one Honors or AP Class.
  • Current high school scholars have an average weighted GPA of 3.96.
  • 93% of scholars are attending North Carolina Colleges and Universities.
  • Demographics (High School Scholars):
    • 48% male, 52% female
    • 34% African-American, 25% White, 32% Latino, 8% Multiracial, 1% American-Asian
  • We are recruiting our tenth class

College Statistics

  • 39 Elon Academy college graduates
  • 5 Elon Academy scholars in graduate school
  • 79% of college scholars have continued in college.
  • 7 scholars are attending Elon – 2 First-years, 1 Sophomore, 2 Juniors, 2 Seniors, 1 Graduate program.
  • Merit-based aid accepted by our scholars (this does not include state or federal aid):
    • Alpha scholars were awarded approx. $620,675 
    • Beta scholars were awarded approx. $743,707 
    • Gamma scholars were awarded approx. $758,442
    • Delta scholars were awarded approx. $676,223
    • Epsilon scholars were awarded approx. $840,260
    • Eta scholars were awarded $3,142,035 in merit-based aid. This is a new Elon Academy record.
    • Theta scholars were awarded a total of $2,354,560 in merit-based aid. They accepted $289,000 in merit-based aid at the schools they are attending.
    • Four scholars were awarded the prestigious Gates-Millennium Scholarship.
  • Scholars on track to graduate from college:
    • 88% of Alphas have graduated. 6% are on track to graduate.
    • 61% of Betas have graduated. 6% are on track to graduate.
    • 50% of Gammas have graduated. 25% of Gammas are on track (current seniors)
    • 61% of Deltas are on track (current seniors)
    • 76% of Epsilons are on track (current juniors)
    • 85% of Etas are on track (current sophomores)
    • 95% of Thetas are on track (current first-years)
  • National Statistics for Low-Income Students:
    • 70% graduate from high school
    • 33% enroll in college
    • 11% graduate from college
    • 4% of low-income, African-American males graduate from college 

Elon Academy Frequently Asked Questions


Criteria for Admission

Q. Is this a program for academically gifted students?
A. Not necessarily. The Academy is for any student who demonstrates academic promise and is willing to work hard to pursue a college education.
Q. May a student apply if they do not live in Alamance County?
A. The Academy is for Alamance County students and students attending high school in the Alamance-Burlington School System (ABSS).
Q. May a student apply if they are home-schooled?
A. Yes. Home-schooled students are welcome to apply.
Q. Can I join as a sophomore in high school or only as a freshman?
A. No. We only take students as part of a cohort in 9th grade.
Q. Do you accept (international/undocumented) students?
A. We do not ask about citizenship status, however, it is important that any students who are international/undocumented know that federal and state funding is not available to them so they will need exceptionally high grades to earn merit-based scholarships.
Q. Do you accept students with learning differences?
A. Yes.
Q. Is the Elon Academy only for students of color?
A. No. About 1/3rd of our students are African-American, 1/3rd Hispanic, and 1/3rd White. We also have bi-racial students, Native American students, and Asian students.
Q. If it is so competitive to get into Elon Academy, why should a student bother to apply?
A. It is competitive, but we are looking for a wide variety of students and you never know if you will be selected. One thing for sure, if you don’t apply then it is guaranteed that you won’t get in.

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Q. Is Elon Academy a private school?
A. No. Elon Academy is not a high school. It is a summer and Saturday program that supplements the services students get in their high schools.
Q. Do students still attend their “home” schools if accepted into Elon Academy?
A. Yes. Students complete high school at their own schools. They attend the Academy for a month during each summer and once a month on Saturdays.
Q. Do students have to attend Elon University after high school graduation?
A. No. Our goal is for students to find the best college match for their particular interests and values. Some students come to Elon, but we take scholars on many college visits to experience a variety of options.
Q. Are students guaranteed admission to Elon University after completing 3 years of Elon Academy?
A. No. Only students who meet the criteria for admission to Elon may be accepted at Elon.
Q. Will Elon Academy pay for me to go to college? Is it a scholarship program?
A. No. We help scholars find scholarships, but we do not provide scholarship money.
Q. Is Elon Academy a summer camp?
A. The Academy is an academic program, not a summer camp. However, there are lots of engaging activities in the evenings and weekends for students to enjoy when they are not in class.

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Program Expectations

Q. What are the expectations of Elon Academy scholars?
A. We have very high expectations of our scholars. Our primary expectations are that each scholar use their resources, use feedback for self-improvement, be proactive, maintain regular communication with staff, prioritize, and look for challenges. To remain in the program students must consistently demonstrate academic, social, and emotional growth.
Q. What if I can only come to part of the summer program?
A. To remain in the Academy scholars must be present for the entire summer program. No other plans can be made during this time.

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Q. How many of your scholars actually go to college?
A. 100% of those who complete the high school program go on to college.
Q. What type of financial support do your scholars receive?
A. Our first three cohorts of scholars were awarded over $2 million in merit-based aid. In addition, most received federal and state grants as well.
Q. Do scholars have the same opportunities in college as other students?
A. Yes, scholars have all the same opportunities in college as other students. For example, 25% of sophomore and junior college scholars have participated in a Study Abroad program. 
Q. How successful are scholars once they go to college?
A. 37% of college scholars have a 3.0 GPA or above.
94% of college scholars are in good standing at their respective colleges.
6% of college scholars are receiving mentoring on their campuses to improve GPAs.
97% of college scholars are persisting in college.
Q. How do Elon University students benefit?
A. As “near-peers” and mentors for Elon Academy scholars, university students are able to share their expertise and provide academic, social, and emotional support. They have the opportunity to interact with young people who may come from very different backgrounds which provides them with insight and appreciation for diverse perspectives. The relationships between mentors and mentees enriches the lives of both.

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Q. How much does it cost to support one scholar through the three-year high school program? A college scholar?
A. $6,000/year, $18,000 for three years for each high school scholar
$1,000/year, $4,000 for four years for each college scholar
Total investment/scholar is $22,000 over a 7-year period
Q. What is the cost for Elon Academy scholars and families?
A. The Elon Academy is offered at no cost to scholars and families.
Q. Why does Elon Academy only accept less than 30 students per year?
A. The program is very expensive. It costs approximately $22,000 to support each scholar to and through college. We have to stay within our budget. If we could raise more funds we could increase the number of students.

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Q. How is the Elon Academy funded?
A. Although the Elon Academy was launched by Elon University, the program is not funded through tuition dollars. The sustainability of the Academy is dependent on the generosity of individuals, businesses, foundations, and organizations.
Q. How does Elon Academy fit with Elon University’s strategic plan?
A. The Elon University strategic plans calls for the Elon Academy to become a national model of college access and success.

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