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Application Requirements

Approximately 10,000 applications were received for the 1,500 available spaces for first-year and transfer students last 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 Secondary School Report, 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 required (3 units must be completed for admissions consideration)
  • Math: 3 units required (Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry), 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 121-level foreign language course at Elon.)

How will the redesigned SAT scores be used in admission?

The Office of Admissions considers standardized test scores as one of many criteria in a holistic admission review process. Beginning with fall 2017 applicants, Elon will utilize the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing and Math section scores only. The optional Writing section will not be required and will not be part of first-year or transfer application review.  If an applicant submits scores from both versions of the SAT, we will use the score from the higher test result. We will not, however, produce a superscore by combining results of both versions of the test. (We will continue to produce superscores from multiple administrations of the same version.) 

Based on official concordance tables that will be available from the College Board in May 2016, Elon will provide admission profile data using the current SAT with corresponding scores on the redesigned SAT.