Elon University, founded in 1889, is ranked #2 among Southern universities by U.S. News & World Report and is named among the nation's best colleges and universities by Princeton Review and Newsweek-Kaplan.
Elon is recognized by the National Survey of Student Engagement as one of the most effective universities in the nation. Forbes and Intel Corp. have named it among the top colleges and universities in the nation for wireless computing access.
The university's nearly 400 full-time faculty teach in more than 60 undergraduate majors in Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the School of Communications; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Education; the School of Law; and the School of Health Sciences.
The School of Communications, home to the Imagining the Internet Center, is nationally accredited - one of only 17 accredited communications programs at private universities across the United States. Its 1,000 students major in journalism, strategic communications, broadcast and new media, cinema, communication science and sport and event management.
Master's programs are offered in interactive media, business administration and education, and doctoral programs include physical therapy and law. Elon operates on a 4-1-4 academic calendar, including a four-week term in January during which most students spend the month in immersive global study programs conducted in locations around the world.
Elon’s rich intellectual community is characterized by active student engagement with a faculty dedicated to excellent teaching and scholarly accomplishment. Elon students put knowledge into practice, fulfilling their roles as global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good. The hundreds Elon students who have participated in the work of Imagining the Internet are an example of this.
As a national model of engaged learning, Elon seamlessly blends academic and co-curricular activities, especially in flagship programs known as the Elon Experiences (including volunteer service projects, internships, leadership positions, formal undergraduate research and study abroad).
Elon is a selective, independent university that emphasizes excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and in its professional programs.
Elon sends more undergraduate students to study abroad than any other master’s-level school in the nation, and was named one of the top three universities in the nation for community service by the federal government’s Corporation for National and Community Service. In addition, 87 percent of students complete internships, 46 percent of students hold at least one campus leadership position, and about one-fourth of students annually work with faculty members on undergraduate research projects.
Elon students come from 48 states, the District of Columbia and 50 nations. Elon's beautiful and historic campus in central North Carolina is designated as a botanical garden.