The Honors Program offers intellectually demanding and dynamic courses that focus on writing and critical-thinking skills. Throughout the four-year sequence, you will learn how to conduct sophisticated academic research in preparation for the highlight of the program—a project of professional quality that culminates in a published volume in Elon’s Belk Library. To learn more about the Honors Fellows visit the program website.

Simply put, as an Honors Fellow you will be challenged to take advantage of all the best features of an Elon education:

  • Apply to study in Italy over Winter Term during your first year. The university funds 75 percent of the cost.
  • Consider academic issues from multiple perspectives when you take Honors courses team-taught by professors from different fields.
  • Work alongside a faculty mentor to complete an Honors thesis using your original academic research.
  • Participate in a community of intellectually engaged colleagues with an Honors Fellow peer-mentor or by living in one of two Living and Learning Communities.

Who should apply?

Students who have taken a demanding high school curriculum, have an excellent GPA and rank in the top of their class should apply. Standardized test scores will also be considered. Current Honors Fellows had a combined evidence-based reading and writing and math SAT score of 1400 or an ACT score of 32 at the time of application.

Each year, 45 students are selected as Honors Fellows based on their high school records, essays, teacher recommendations and interviews. Honors Fellows may pursue any major offered at Elon.

Program Benefits


Honors Fellows receive a $13,500 scholarship renewable annually based on academic performance and participation in the program. This is in addition to a Presidential Scholarship of $6,000, bringing total scholarship funding to $19,500 each year, or $78,000 over four years. Each year, one Honors Fellows is selected as the William R. Kenan, Jr. Honors Fellow and receives a full tuition scholarship renewable annually.

Honors Fellows who plan to attend medical school may also apply for Jane Macon Baird Pre-medical Scholarships that provide an additional $4,000 per year. These scholarships are renewable annually, provided students meet the criteria for the scholarship. A special essay is required for consideration for the Baird Scholarships.

Elon Experiences and Research Grants

All Honors Fellows receive a $1,000 grant for a university-approved study abroad or Study USA experience and a $1,000 grant to support thesis research.

Housing and Mentoring Opportunities

Special residential communities are available to Honors Fellows in Colonnades or in Elon’s William R. Kenan Jr. Honors Pavilion in the Academic Village. Each new Honors Fellow is paired with a current Fellow who serves as a mentor.


Fellows attend selected cultural events on campus and participate in lively debates with their peers following the programs.