First-Year Application

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

Elon University is pleased to be part of the Coalition for College as well as the Common Application. Please apply using the Elon University application, the Coalition platform, 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 15,000 applications are received for the 1,745 seats in the first-year class.

For students enrolling in fall 2021, Elon will offer a test-optional admissions program. 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 and an interview.

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 submission of SAT or ACT tests are not required for admissions consideration, all matriculating students must submit a standardized test score prior to enrollment.

If you have never taken the SAT or ACT and do not have scores available, you will not be required to submit a score upon enrollment.

Please note: Home-schooled and students who attend US high schools that do not issue letter grades are required to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission.

Test-Optional FAQs

Academic Profile

Mid-academic range for first year class:

  • GPA: 3.4-4.4
  • ACT: 25-30
  • SAT: 1170-1320