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


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

Information Sessions to learn more about Elon Academy

Fall 2023 information sessions will be posted late September 2023.


  • The application is due January 19, 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.


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


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


  • Tau cohort orientation date: May 11, 2024.