First-Year Application

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
  • SAT or ACT scores (optional)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (see exceptions below)
  • Completed School Report (included in the application)

Official High School Transcript

All academic records must be submitted in English by your designated school official directly to Elon’s Office of Admissions.

Test Scores

International students may apply for admission to Elon without submitting SAT or ACT scores, as long as they have spent at least three years of high school outside of the United States. However, in order to be considered for some of our merit-based scholarships, you must submit test scores. 

If your native language is not English or you are attending a school where English is not the primary language of instruction you must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting the TOEFL or IELTS exam score.

  • Minimum TOEFL score requirement: 80 (internet-based test)
  • Minimum IELTS score requirement: 6.5

The Duolingo English Test will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Visa Process

Non-U.S. citizens who decide to enroll at Elon must submit:

These documents are not required for the application review process and can be submitted after admission into the university. This information will be used to issue your I-20, which is needed to obtain your F-1 student visa.

For information on the visa process and requirements, please visit the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center website, or contact Kristen Aquilino, Associate Director of International Student Services.


International Transfer Students

For more information about Transfer Admissions at Elon University, please feel free to visit the Transfer Admissions website.

The following information is not required for the application review process; however, it is required if a student is accepted and plans to enroll at Elon University:


Exchange Students

Elon’s Office of International Admissions and the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center work with students from the following schools that are interested in studying abroad at Elon for a semester:

  • ESDES—Lyon, France
  • Kansai Gaidai University—Osaka, Japan
  • Nanyang Technological University—Singapore
  • ESB Reutlingen—Reutlingen, Germany
  • NEOMA Business School—Reims, France
  • University of the Sunshine Coast—Sunshine Coast, Australia
  • University of Sussex—Brighton, England
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore—Piacenza, Italy

Students interested in studying abroad from these institutions should work with their university’s study abroad/student exchange office to find out more information.

Application Information

Students who want to study abroad at Elon must submit:

The following information is not required for the application review process; however, it is required if a student is accepted and plans to enroll at Elon University:

Please note that this information can be sent in with the application and is not used in the decision process.

Visa Information

Non–U.S. citizens seeking admission to Elon must submit a Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR). A DS-2019, necessary to obtain your J-1 visa, will then be issued. Students must schedule an appointment with the consulate in their home country to be considered for a visa. For more information on the visa process, please visit the international students section of the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center website.