Admission to Elon is competitive. Approximately 17,750 applications are received for 1,725 seats in the first-year class. For students enrolling in fall 2022, Elon will offer a test-optional admissions program. Students applying to the nursing, Accelerated Pathways to PA and DPT and Accelerated 3+1 Business Dual-Degree programs 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.