Start your journey

You’re in the right place because there’s no place like Elon. Become part of a tight-knit community where students develop strong, mentoring relationships with faculty, staff, peers and alumni. You’re only an application away from the most transformational time of your life.

Applying to Elon is easy

Choose the platform that works best for you: the Elon Application, the First-Year Common Application and the Transfer Common Application.

Application Requirements

You have what it takes

Admission to Elon is competitive. Approximately 18,000 applications are received for 1,700 seats in the first-year class. For students enrolling in fall 2024, Elon offers a test-optional admissions program. Students applying to the nursing program must submit SAT or ACT scores. The most important factors in the admissions decision are the academic record—courses taken, grades attained and class standing—followed by the application essay. Other factors considered include leadership potential, extracurricular and service-related activities, special talents, and ability to contribute positively to the campus community and an interview.


Application Deadlines

  • Early Decision


    Notification Date:
    December 1

    Enrollment Deposit Date:
    January 10 (non-refundable)

  • Early Action


    Notification Date:
    December 20

    Enrollment Deposit Date:
    May 1

  • Regular Deadline


    Notification Date:
    March 20

    Enrollment Deposit Date:
    May 1

International Students

We welcome students from all over the globe

Attending college abroad can be daunting, but our international admissions counselors will answer all your questions as they help you navigate the application process. Once you arrive at Elon, our Global Education Center offers services designed to make your adjustment to life at Elon as easy as possible.

Transfer Students

Find the right fit for you

If you are thinking of transferring to Elon, you’ll have company. Hundreds of students have transferred and feel at home in the Elon community. We have the resources and services to help you easily transition from another university.