The Elon Academy is a multiphase academic enrichment program at Elon University. There is a college access program for high school students and continued programming for students as they move into college. The college access program for high school students includes three 3-week residential experiences on Elon’s campus in the summers prior to the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. A variety of monthly activities for students and their families are offered during the school year. Students in the Elon Academy have the opportunity to:

  • Experience college life
  • Discover ways to become a school and community leader
  • Build lifelong friendships with students from other high schools and with Elon Academy faculty and staff
  • And much, much more!

Selection Criteria

We are looking for prospective scholars who:

  • are ninth graders
  • reside or attend school in Alamance County
  • have limited financial resources and/or no family history of 4-year college attendance
  • demonstrate academic promise
  • show no pattern of disciplinary problems
  • are willing to commit to program expectations

Approximately 24 scholars are selected each year to be a part of the Elon Academy.

Admission Process

October 2023

  • All ABSS ninth graders receive a letter about the Elon Academy
  • All county ninth graders should check the Elon Academy website for admissions information

January 2024

  • The application is due January 19, 2024.

February 2024

  • All completed applications are reviewed by Elon Academy staff. Those students moving forward to the interview process will be notified by mail. Those applicants not moving forward will also be notified by mail.

March 2024

  • Group interview sessions. Held at ABSS High Schools for selected applicants.

April 2024

  • Students are notified of either acceptance or non-acceptance.

May 2024

  • Tau cohort orientation date: May 11, 2024.

Information Sessions

Join us to learn more about Elon Academy

  • Thursday, October 19th, 5-6pm: Cummings High School Media Center
  • Monday, October 30th, during school day – ABEC
  • Monday, November 6th, 6pm-7pm: CityGate Dream Center (in English and Spanish!)
  • Wednesday, November 15, 7pm-8pm: Southern Alamance High School Media Center
  • Thursday, November 16th, 6pm-7pm: Williams High School Auditorium
  • Wednesday, December 6th, 6pm-7pm: Virtual Information Session – Sign Up Here