First-Year Application

Elon’s first-year undergraduate application is online. A credit card is required when you apply unless you have been issued a fee waiver.

Choose your application platform: Elon University application or the Common Application.

All first-year applicants must submit:

  • Completed application and nonrefundable $60 fee
  • Official high school transcript
  • Completed School Report (included in the application)

Admissions to Elon is competitive. Approximately 17,000 applications are received for the 1,745 seats in the first-year class.

Admission to Elon is test-optional. The most important factors in the admissions decision are the academic record (including 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.

For transfers, previous college work is the primary factor, followed by high school performance and SAT or ACT scores.

Applicants are encouraged to pursue a rigorous program of study throughout their four years of high school. We recommend the following distribution of courses:

  • English: 4 units required (3 units must be completed for admissions consideration)
  • Math: 3 units required (Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry), 4 recommended
  • Science: 3 or more units, including at least one lab science
  • Social Studies: 3 or more units, including U.S. History for U.S. residents
  • Foreign Language: 2 units required, 3 recommended (Students who have not completed at least two units in one foreign language must complete a 121-level foreign language course at Elon.)

Standardized Tests

While admission to the university does not require an SAT or ACT, Nursing, Accelerated Pathways to PA and DPT and the Accelerated 3+1 Business Dual-Degree programs are highly selective and require standardized test scores for admission and scholarship consideration.

Home-schooled applicants and students attending U.S. high schools that do not issue letter grades are required to submit standardized test scores for admission and scholarship consideration.

Test-Optional FAQs