General Information

Collegiate Start@Elon is a dual enrollment program designed to provide high school seniors with the opportunity to simultaneously enroll in both high school and college courses, and receive dual high school and college credit. The program provides advanced academic options for high-achieving high school seniors in over 40 courses.  Students enrolled in Collegiate Start@Elon are eligible to take up to two college-level courses each fall and spring academic semester. Eligible students who are selected to participate are classified as a Special Student through the Elon University Admissions Office.

Admission Requirements

  • Must be enrolled as a high school senior based on school district or home-school requirements and continue to take high school courses during the senior year
  • Must meet ONE of the following test requirements:
    • SAT R (Redesigned SAT): Composite score of 980 with minimum 440 Math and 440 Evidence-based Reading and Writing on each section
    • SAT 1 (previous version of the SAT): Composite score 900  with minimum 400 Math and 400 Critical Reading on each section  ** A writing section score is no longer required**
    • ACT Composite Score of 19 with minimum 17 or higher on Math, Reading and English sections ** A writing section score is no longer required**
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average (unweighted) of 3.0 or higher
  • Must have approval from principal and guidance counselor acknowledging that the student is: (1) in good academic standing, (2) able to handle the challenge and rigor of college studies, and (3) exhibits exemplary citizenship and character

Tuition and Fees

  • Application fee: $10 (A one-time annual fee, paid by student/parent, must be submitted with the application).
    • Due date: April 1 for fall semester, October 29 for spring semester
  • Tuition: Tuition remittance is expected on behalf of the student/parent and school district. Tuition bills will be sent directly to student/parent and school district by the Bursars Office. Tuition payment deadlines set forth by the Bursars Office must be adhered to.
    • Student/Parent:  $210
    • School District: $210
    • ***Students whose parent/s are employed with Elon University (faculty or staff) may qualify for tuition remission under the policies and regulations established for University personnel. Eligibility questions should be directed to Elon University, Human Resources.
  • Textbooks/ Materials: Student/parent is responsible for purchasing all required textbooks and/or materials.
    Tuition and Book Fee Waiver: Students who receive free/reduced meals are eligible for a tuition waiver and reduced book fee of $30 per semester. Eligible students must submit documentation from their school system validating eligibility.

Admission/Registration Information

  • Students interested in enrolling in Collegiate Start @Elon must notify their guidance counselor of their intent and work with the counselor to determine the appropriate college course(s) and/or course to be taken. Students must complete and submit application – Collegiate Start@Elon Application for Admission – to counselor/principal for approval.
  • The following must accompany the application: $10 application fee (cash or check made out to Elon University), copy of SAT/ACT scores, transcript, and free/reduced lunch documentation (if applicable).Students will be notified of admission decision in writing by the Collegiate Start@Elon office.  The Collegiate Start office will work with high school guidance counselors and/or administrators to secure a space in the student’s preferred Elon course(s) and assist guidance counselors in finalizing both the high school and Elon class schedule.
  • Submit tuition/fees (return by the appropriate deadline set by the Bursars Office).
  • Complete and submit the Elon University, Ellington Health and Counseling Center Immunization Form (return by July 1 for fall admission, December 1 for spring admission). The Immunization Form can be retrieved online. Forms should be returned directly to Ellington Health and Counseling Center, 2040 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244.
  • Students are required to attend the Collegiate Start@Elon Orientation in August (fall semester) or January (spring semester) (dates will be announced in the acceptance letter).
  • By accepting admission into Collegiate Start@Elon, you agree to participate in our Academic Enrichment and Mentoring Program for Collegiate Start students. The program assists students in building stronger academic and study skills, and promoting personal academic growth important to your Elon experience, as well as building important college skills you can take into your first year of college.

Transfer of Credits

All courses taken through Collegiate Start@Elon are transferrable college-level courses. However, articulation of transfer credit varies from institution to institution. We highly encourage students to contact colleges/universities of interest for specific transfer articulation agreements and policies.

Academic Expectations

High school students enrolled in Collegiate Start@Elon are considered college students of Elon University while on campus. Like our Elon University college students, Collegiate Start students are expected to uphold the Elon Honor Code and perform at the same level of high academic rigor, maturity and intellectual curiosity to undertake college-level work.  Students may be expected to engage in outside class activities/group work and are permitted to work on such assignments in areas such as the library, classrooms, and student center areas. Students are not permitted to work on outside class assignments in the Residence Halls. Collegiate Start students have access to all academic resources and student support services, including the library, writing/tutoring center, computer laboratories, and an academic advisor.

Course Content

As high school students enrolled in college courses, Collegiate Start@Elon students may engage in critical learning that is both intellectually stimulating and mature in nature. Please be aware that college course content often includes adult/mature subject matter. Students are expected to have a strong-level of maturity to engage in critical dialogue, lectures and presentations.

Parents and Students

Please keep in mind that applications MUST be signed by your school’s principal and guidance counselor and must be accompanied by a transcript, SAT or ACT scores, and documentation validating tuition and book fee waiver (if applicable).


For more information about Collegiate Start@Elon please contact Lesley Henry, Director of Collegiate Start@Elon at or at 336-278-5861.