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Frequently Asked Questions: International Students

About Elon University

Where is Elon?
Elon University is located in Elon, North Carolina, in the southeastern United States. It is adjacent to the city of Burlington, population 50,000, and is close to some of the largest cities in the state of North Carolina. The state capital, Raleigh, is about an hour's drive to the east of Elon. Visit Elon's Local Links page for more information.

As an international student, how do I get to Elon?
Elon is centrally located between Raleigh Durham International and Piedmont Triad International (Greensboro) airports. Both offer daily flights on major airlines. Transportation is provided during breaks and when students first arrive. The Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is located 50 minutes east of campus while the Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) is located 35 minutes west of campus.

For more information, please visit the About Elon University Web page.

How does Elon University compare to other U.S. colleges and universities?
Elon University constantly appears on various national rankings with the United States. Please visit the Rankings and Recognition page to find out more!

Academics at Elon University

Does Elon University have any accredited programs?
Yes. Major accreditations at Elon University include AACSB – International for the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, ACEJMC for the School of Communications, and NCATE for the teacher education program in the School of Education. For more on accreditations, please visit our Accreditation page.

What are the most popular majors at Elon?
Elon University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors. The most popular academic majors include: Business Administration, Communications, Education, Psychology, Biology, Political Science, History, and English. Visit our Majors and Special Programs page to find out more about all of our majors.

Does Elon offer credit for AP and IB exams?
Yes. Elon offers university credit for both. Typically, students should score a 4 or better on AP exams and a 5 or higher on IB higher-level exams to be considered for credit.

Being an International Student at Elon

Does Elon have international student housing?
While all first- and second-year students are required to live on campus, Elon does not have one location where all international students live. It is best for both domestic and international students to live all around campus. International students may choose to live in the International Pavilion, which is home to both international and domestic students.

Is there an international student adviser at Elon?
Yes. The Isabella Cannon Center for International Studies serves the needs of international students on campus. The international student adviser coordinates international student orientation as well as activities for all students interested in learning about cultural diversity. To learn more, contact Mr. Francois Masuka, director of international student and faculty scholar services.

What is there to do around Elon University?
There are lots of things to do on any given day at Elon University! Take a look at Elon’s E-net. By looking under “Today’s Events” and “Student Center”, you can find any number of things to do on- or off-campus. You might be listening to a best-selling author speak, cheering on one of Elon’s Divison 1 sports teams, attending a musical theatre performance, or perhaps attending a “Discover North Carolina” event.

The Application Process and Financial Assistance

Who is an international applicant for Elon University?
Each college or university has its own definition for who an international applicant is. At Elon University, an international applicant is considered any of the following students:
• Any non-U.S. citizen who attends school within the country or outside the country.
• Any U.S. citizens who attend school outside of the United States
• Any U.S. permanent residents (green card holder)
• Any U.S. citizens who also hold citizenship in at least one other country.

Do I have to take the TOEFL and the SAT I for admission?
If English is your first language or if your primary language of instruction has been English for the past four years, only the SAT or ACT is required.

If English is not your first language and your primary language of instruction has not been English, the TOEFL exam is required. The SAT or ACT exam is also recommended for students to be considered for merit-based scholarships. Elon University also considers the IELTS exam as well.

Does Elon require the SAT subject exams?
SAT subject tests are not required for admission.

Are teacher recommendations required as part of the application?
No. Teacher recommendations are not required as part of the undergraduate application. However, if a student would like to submit teacher recommendations as part of their application, he or she is welcome to do so.

Does Elon offer financial aid for international students?
Elon offers Presidential Scholarships to all qualified students. These awards are made at the time of admission and range up to US$4500 per year. Elon's first financial aid priority is to keep the cost of a quality education low. The total cost for a year at Elon is 9 percent below the national average for private colleges and universities. International students are also eligible to apply for our Fellows Programs.

What additional costs should I be prepared for as an international student?
As part of the application process, non-U.S. citizens are required to document ability to pay US$35800 per year. This amount includes yearly estimates on books, spending money, transportation to and from your home country as well as medical insurance.

Please visit our other FAQ page for more information about Elon.