Academic excellence


U.S. News & World Report

“America’s Best Colleges”

Elon earns top national rankings in the annual U.S. News & World Report college guide and is ranked the #1 Southern master’s-level university. Elon is recognized more often than any other college or university in all eight academic programs that lead to student success.

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Institute of International Education

Leading Institutions for Study Abroad

Elon is ranked the nation’s #1 master’s-level university for study abroad by the Institute of International Education.

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Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

A leader in student engagement

Elon ranks #33 in the nation and #1 in North Carolina in connecting students and faculty members, challenging academics, promoting critical thinking and applying knowledge in real world situations.

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The Princeton Review

“The Best 382 Colleges”

Princeton Review gives national rankings to Elon’s study abroad, career services, residence halls, campus learning environment and more in its 2018 college guide.

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U.S. Department of State

Fulbright Student Scholars

Elon is ranked #4 on an annual list of American master’s-level institutions whose graduates received Fulbright student awards for 2017-18.

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Poets & Quants

“Top Business Schools”

Elon's Martha and Spencer Love School of Business is ranked among the country's top 50 undergraduate business programs by Poets & Quants, a business education news outlet.

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The Princeton Review

“Best 267 Business Schools”

Princeton Review ranks Elon’s MBA program the nation’s #4 “best administered” program and recognizes Elon for having one of the best business schools in the Southeast.

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Corporation for National & Community Service

President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The President’s Community Service Honor Roll names Elon one of the nation’s top universities for community service (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006).

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College Factual

“Best Nationwide Colleges”

USA Today and College Factual rank Elon in the top 11 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities.

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The National Jurist

“Most Innovative Law Schools”

The National Jurist has named Elon University School of Law among the nation’s 20 most innovative law schools.

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National Council on Teacher Quality

Top Ranked Elementary

The National Council on Teacher Quality ranks Elon #3 in the nation for Special Education programs and #22 for undergraduate elementary education.

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College Consensus

“A premier student-centered learning environment”

College Consensus combines scores from the major college rankings and student reviews to rank Elon #61 in the nation and #3 in North Carolina.

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The Fiske Guide
to Colleges

The popular college guide highlights Elon’s global perspective and experiential learning opportunities in its 2018 edition.

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The Princeton Review

Guide to 375 Green Colleges

The Princeton Review names Elon one of the nation’s “greenest” colleges. The university has been recognized for the eighth year in a row as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada.

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Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

“Best Value” University

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance names Elon one of the nation’s top 50 “Best Value” private universities for 2017 and #18 in lowest total cost.

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Insight Into Diversity

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

Elon received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine.

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