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Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Application Deadline

Notification Date

Enrollment Deposit Date

Early Decision (binding) November 1* December 1 January 10, nonrefundable
Gap Semester Early Decision (binding) November 1* December 1 January 10, nonrefundable
Early Action (nonbinding) November 10* December 19 May 1
Regular First-year Deadline January 10* March 15 May 1
Gap Semester Regular Deadline January 10* March 15 May 1, nonrefundable
Fellows Deadline January 10**
Watson and Odyssey Programs Deadline February 10**
*All deadlines are postmark dates.

If you are submitting a paper application and sending it by courier, please mail the package to Campus Box 2700, 100 Campus Drive, Elon, NC 27244.

Early Decision Plan

Application Deadline: November 1
Notification Date: December 1

Students whose first choice is Elon are encouraged to apply Early Decision. The Early Decision Agreement is a binding agreement that a student will enroll at Elon if accepted. Students accepted for Early Decision agree to withdraw applications from all other colleges and submit a non refundable US $500 deposit to Elon by January 10. You must complete and sign the Early Decision Agreement on the back of the application to be considered under the Early Decision plan. There are several advantages to being accepted under the Early Decision Plan:

  • Applications will be read beginning October 1
  • The opportunity to attend the first spring orientation weekend
  • Priority consideration for housing and registration
  • Check out Elon’s Net Price Calculator for a financial aid estimate.

Early Action Plan

Application Deadline: November 10
Notification Date: December 19

Students who would like an early answer on their application status may apply Early Action. Early Action is nonbinding, and students are permitted to apply to other schools as well as Elon.

Regular First-year and Fellows Deadline

Application Deadline: January 10
Notification Date: March 15

This is the application deadline for first-year admissions and the Fellows program. Applications received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis. Students selected for the Fellows competition will be notified of their admission decision at the time the Fellows invitation is extended in early February.

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Gap Semester Program

Early Decision (binding) Application Deadline: November 1
Notification Date: December 1

Final Deadline Application Deadline: January 10
Notification Date: March 15

This fall semester experience is for high school graudates who want to enter Elon through an alternative educational option. Fifteen students will be selected; a wait list of qualified applicants will be created. Students not admitted to the program will be considered for general first-year admission. Learn more at the Elon Gap Semester website.

Watson and Odyssey Programs

Application Deadline: February 10

Students with significant documented financial need are eligible for scholarships in the Watson and Odyssey Programs, two mentoring and support programs designed to help students be more successful at Elon.


How to Apply:

First-year Applicants

  • Complete the admissions application. Visit our Online Application page to download an application or apply online.
  • Ask your guidance counselor to send your transcript and the Guidance Counselor Evaluation form to the Elon Admissions Office.
  • Have your SAT or ACT scores directly to Elon. Note: Elon does use the writing score as part of the admissions decision process. School codes: 5183 for the SAT and 3096 for the ACT. Learn more about SAT/ACT test deadlines.
  • Mail the completed application, along with your required personal essay and any additional recommendations that you would like to submit to the Admissions Office with the nonrefundable $50 processing fee. Additional recommendations are not required but will be considered if submitted.

Transfer Applicants

  • Obtain a transfer application and Dean's Evaluation form by calling the Elon Admissions Office at (800) 334-8448, or you may apply online.
  • Have your high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores sent directly to Elon.
  • Ask the registrar of each college you have attended to mail a transcript of your work along with a completed Dean's Evaluation form directly to the Elon Admissions Office.
  • Mail the completed application and any recommendations that you would like to submit to the Admissions Office with the $50 processing fee (non refundable). Additional recommendations are not required but will be considered as part of the application review process if submitted.

International Applicants

  • All students, regardless of nationality, complete the first-year admission application. Students must submit the application with a non refundable $50 application fee, translated transcripts from all secondary and post secondary schools attended and a completed Certificate of Financial Responsibility.
  • Proof of a minimum score of 550 paper-based, 80 Internet-based or 213 computer-based  on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is also required, unless English is the student's native language or the language of instruction.