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Frequently Asked Questions

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Where is Elon?
How many students are enrolled at Elon?
What is the campus like?
What are Elon's facilities like?

Academics
What majors are offered at Elon, and which majors are most popular?
What graduate degrees are offered at Elon?
What is the student-faculty ratio at Elon?
What is the 4-1-4 academic calendar?

Admissions
What are Elon's admission requirements?
What are the average high school GPA and SAT scores of Elon freshmen?
How do I apply to Elon?

Elon Experiences
What are the Elon Experiences?
How many Elon students complete internships?
What service learning opportunities are available at Elon?
How many Elon students study abroad?

Cost and Financial Aid
How much is tuition, room and board?
What types of scholarships are available?
What is the Fellows Program?
Where can I get information on financial aid?

Students and Campus Life
What percentage of Elon students are from North Carolina?
What is the retention rate at Elon?
Do many Elon students live on campus?
Are freshmen required to live on campus?
How does Elon encourage campus safety?
Can I bring my own computer to campus? What if I don't have a computer?

Student Life and Athletics
What types of student organizations are available?
Does Elon have fraternities and sororities?
What are athletics like at Elon?

Survey Results
What do college guides say about Elon?
What do Elon students say about Elon?

Where is Elon?
Elon is a small, private, coeducational university situated in the beautiful Piedmont section of North Carolina. The campus is located just outside Burlington, population 50,000, and 30 minutes east of Greensboro, population 225,000. There are many restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, parks and shopping options within a short distance of Elon. Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Winston-Salem are all within an hour's drive, as are more than a dozen other colleges and universities, including N.C. State, Duke, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest. As the state capital, Raleigh also attracts many cultural and sporting events throughout the year.

How many students are enrolled at Elon?
Undergraduate enrollment for the 2012-2013 academic year is 5,357 students. Graduate enrollment is 672.

What is the campus like?
Visitors often comment that Elon is one of the most beautiful campuses they've seen. The mild North Carolina climate and colorful change of seasons make Elon an ideal setting for living and learning. Classic brick buildings represent the rich history of Elon. The picturesque oak trees, the meticulous landscaping and the character of Elon's campus have been creating lasting impressions since 1889.

What are Elon's facilities like?
Although considered a small university, Elon thinks big in terms of facilities and has a strong commitment to integrating technology across the curriculum. For example, students have access to more than two dozen high-tech scientific instruments, loads of lab space and more than 70 computers in the McMichael Science Center. Belk Library has more than 300,000 bound volumes and 195 computers. Elon's Moseley Center offers the Student Professional Development Center, Irazu Coffee Shop, meeting space for student organizations and even a fireplace lounge for relaxing between classes. Elon's athletics complex includes Rhodes Stadium, which seats 8,250, and Belk Track. Hunt Softball Field recently opened. From academics to athletics, Elon's state-of-the-art facilities offer something for everyone.

What majors are offered at Elon? 
What are the most popular majors?
Students may choose among more than 60 major fields of study leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts or bachelor of science degree. A dual-degree engineering program, affiliated with North Carolina State University, North Carolina A & T University, Georgia Tech, Columbia University, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Penn State, University of South Carolina and Washington University in St. Louis, allows students to earn undergraduate degrees from Elon and one of these affiliates. The most popular academic majors include business, communications, biology, education, psychology and political science.

What graduate degrees are offered at Elon?
Master's degrees are awarded in business administration, education, interactive media and physician assistant studies. A doctor of physical therapy degree is also offered. Visit the Graduate Admissions section of our site for more information. The Elon University School of Law opened in 2006.

What are Elon's admission requirements?
Approximately 10,000 applications were received for the 1,425 available spaces for new first-year students this year. The most important factors in the admissions decision are the academic record (including courses taken, grades attained and class standing) followed by SAT or ACT scores. We also consider the Guidance Counselor Evaluation, extracurricular activities and involvement, the essay and a student's potential to contribute positively to our campus environment. For transfers, previous college work is the primary factor, followed by high school performance and SAT or ACT scores.

Applicants are encouraged to pursue a rigorous program of study throughout their four years of high school. We recommend the following distribution of courses:

English: 4 units (3 units must be complete for admissions consideration)
Math: 3 units required (Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry required), 4 recommended
Science: 3 or more units, including at least one lab science
Social Studies: 3 or more units, including U.S. History
Foreign Language: 2 units required, 3 recommended (Students who have not completed at least two units in one foreign language must complete a 101-level foreign language course at Elon.)

What are the average high school GPA and SAT scores of Elon freshmen?
The middle 50 percent of Elon's incoming first-year class had a 3.5 - 4.0+ high school GPA. The three-part SAT mid-range was 1740-1960.

What is the student-faculty ratio at Elon?
The student-faculty ratio is 13-to-1, with 21 students in the average class. Elon has 385 full-time faculty. Students regularly work one-on-one with professors who want to see them succeed.

What is the 4-1-4 academic calendar?
Elon's 4-1-4 academic calendar includes two four-month semesters and a four-week Winter Term in January.

How do I apply to Elon?
For complete information on first-year admissions, visit Application Deadlines and Important Information.

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 directly to the Elon Admissions Office.
  • Send a completed Dean's Evaluation form from the last college attended directly to the Elon Admissions Office.

    International Applicants:
    All freshman applicants, regardless of nationality, complete the freshman admissions application.


    What are the Elon Experiences?
    The Elon Experiences encourage active learning through five programs -- study abroad, internships and co-ops, undergraduate research, leadership and volunteer service. The distinctive Elon Experiences Transcript documents this participation and helps graduates stand out in job interviews.

    How many Elon students complete internships?
    Nearly 90 percent of students undertake internships while at Elon. Students have completed internships in a wide variety of places, including the British Broadcasting Corporation, The White House, IBM, National Geographic, Merrill Lynch, Walt Disney World, MTV, the major television networks and more.

    What service learning opportunities are available at Elon?
    Elon students contribute more than 100,000 hours of volunteer service in the community. The heart of the volunteer program is Elon Volunteers!, which is a student-run network that matches student interests with the needs of community organizations. In addition, Elon's Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement actively links community service with classroom learning and serves as a model for student volunteer programs all over the world.

    How many Elon students study abroad?
    Elon sends more undergraduate students to study abroad than any other master's-level school in the nation. Seventy-two percent undergraduate seniors studied abroad at least once during their time at Elon. The study abroad program, run by the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center, takes students to England, France, Japan, Australia, Spain, Sweden and many more locations around the world. Visit the Study Abroad website for more information.

    How much is tuition, room and board?
    2013-2014 tuition and fees:
    $30,149. Room and board: $9,897. Total: $40,046. Scholarships and financial aid are available. Please visit the Finanical Aid website for more information.

    What types of scholarships are available?
    There are several types of scholarships available to Elon students:
  • Presidential scholarships of up to $4,500 annually are awarded automatically based on academic information submitted with the admissions application. Notification of a Presidential award is received at the time of acceptance. No separate application is needed for the Presidential scholarships.
  • The Elon Engagement Scholarship is an award designed for promising students who embody the spirit and values of the university. Every first-year applicant will be a candidate for this $3,500 scholarship, which is renewable annually. In addition, each recipient will be given a one-time $2,000 grant to be used for an approved Elon Experience or project you design. That’s scholarship and program support totaling $16,000 over four years.
  • A limited number of Fellows scholarships ranging in value from $3,500 to $12,000 annually are available through the Elon Fellows programs, including Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows, Honors Fellows, Communications Fellows, Business Fellows, Elon College Fellows,Teaching Fellows and International Fellows.  Finalists are invited to Elon's campus in the spring to learn more about the programs and be interviewed by a faculty member. A separate application is required for the Fellows scholarships. Visit the Fellows website for applications and information about the application process. The application deadline is January 10. If you would like additional information about the Fellows programs, please contact the Admissions Office at (800) 334-8448.
  • The dual-degree engineering program at Elon allows a student to earn two undergraduate degrees: a bachelor's degree from Elon and a bachelor's degree from an affiliated engineering school. A student spends the first three years at Elon and the final two years at an engineering school. Engineering scholarships are available for outstanding students. Finalists are invited to campus for faculty interviews and a preview of the dual-degree engineering program. Two scholarships valued at $7,000 annually will be awarded. The engineering scholarship is in addition to other merit-based monies the student has received. The engineering application must be submitted with two letters of recommendation no later than January 10. If you would like additional information about the program, please call the Admissions Office at (800) 334-8448.

What are the Fellows Programs?
Elon's Fellows Programs are selective, four-year programs that offer talented students advantages outside their normal coursework, including internships, faculty mentoring, special courses, grants for study abroad and scholarships. A separate application is required, and the application deadline is January 10. The following programs are available: Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows, Honors Fellows, Communications Fellows, Business Fellows, Elon College Fellows, Teaching Fellows and International Fellows. Finalists will be invited to Elon's campus to learn more about the programs and be interviewed by a faculty member. If you would like additional information about the Fellows programs, please contact the Admissions Office at (800) 334-8448.

Where can I get information on financial aid?
Elon requires that the FAFSA form, the PROFILE form and the Elon Aid form be submitted. The priority deadline for financial aid is March 15. To get more information on financial aid, please visit the Financial Aid website or call the Financial Planning Office at (800) 334-8448, ext. 2.

What percentage of Elon students are from North Carolina?
Twenty-five percent of Elon students are North Carolinians. Elon students represent 48 states, the District of Columbia and 48 other countries.

What is the retention rate at Elon?
Ninety percent of students return to Elon following their first year.

Do many Elon students live on campus?
Fifty-eight percent of Elon students live on campus in residence halls and other housing. Some residence hall floors are even organized by themes, such as creative arts or math and science, allowing students to live with people who have similar interests. The new Academic Village houses students, faculty and classrooms. The Global Neighborhood will begin housing students in fall 2013. All Residence Life policies and procedures for living on campus are presented in the Housing Agreement, which the student receives and acknowledges when applying for campus housing. This agreement is a one-academic-year contract renewable each academic year. Elon helps students find off-campus housing, but the school does not serve as an intermediary in any way between the student and his/her landlord.

 Are freshmen required to live on campus?
All first and second-year students must live in the residence halls unless they are approved by the Residence Life Office to live with their parents, relatives or spouse. Transfers must live on campus until one year has passed since their high school graduation. Provided on-campus housing space is available, juniors and seniors are welcome to live on campus.

How does Elon encourage safety on campus?
Campus safety is maintained by North Carolina Certified Law Enforcement Officers and by professional security staff with student support working under the direct supervision of the Director of Campus Safety and Police. The system works in close cooperation with the Elon Police and Fire Departments and the staff of Student Life.

Campus safety is a partnership between the university, its students, faculty, staff and guests. Students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to practice sound safety practices. In turn, the university attempts to provide facilities and services that optimize safety and security. Emergency telephones are located in strategic areas across campus. A complete list is updated yearly in the Student Handbook. The phones in the parking areas are designed to be accessible from an automobile without leaving one's vehicle.

The Office of Campus Safety and Police provides a security escort service after dark. Students on campus call extension 5555 for this service.

In accordance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, complete information regarding campus security policies and programs and campus crime statistics is available upon request from the Director of University Relations, 2030 Campus Box.

Can I bring my own computer to campus?
Yes! About 95 percent of students bring their own computers to campus. Elon's campus is wireless.

What if I don't have a computer?
Students have access to more than 620 workstations in 20 computer labs on campus, so bringing your own computer is not required.

What types of student organizations are available?
Getting involved in extracurricular activities is easy at Elon because there's so much to choose from: More than 200 organizations and programs, from media and cultural groups to student government, give students a chance to learn through leading. Elon's clubs, service organizations and spiritual groups are just a few examples of the many ways students can make a difference in the community -- and make new friends in the process.

Does Elon have fraternities and sororities?
Yes! Elon has 23 international fraternities and sororities. About twenty-five percent of Elon's student population belongs to a Greek organization.

What are athletics like at Elon?
Elon competes in 17 intercollegiate men's and women's sports in NCAA Division I (I-AA in football), and is a member of the Southern Conference. Elon also offers approximately 40 intramural and club sports for men and women. Koury Center, Elon's athletics and physical education complex, has something for every workout -- a large indoor pool, an aerobics studio, weight-training rooms, an expanded fitness center, racquetball courts and more. Visit the Campus Recreation site for more information on club sports, intramurals and facilities.

What do college guides say about Elon?
Elon's distinctive programs and learning style have received extensive national recognition recently. Please visit our national rankings page for details.

What do Elon students say about Elon?
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the most comprehensive assessment of effective practices in higher education, finds that Elon University is performing among the nation's top colleges and universities on five benchmarks of academic excellence. Please visit our NSSE Web site for details.