First-Year Application

Applying to Elon is easy. Choose the platform that works best for you: the Elon University application or the Common Application.

All first-year applicants must submit:

  • Completed application and nonrefundable $60 fee
  • Official High School/Secondary School Transcript/Records
  • SAT or ACT scores (optional)
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test scores (see exceptions below)
  • Completed School Report (included in the application)

At Elon, we pride ourselves in being student-centered and a strong emphasis is placed on personal relationships. A significant part of your experience here will be engaging with your classmates, your professors, and the broader community.

If you have chosen to include an InitialView interview as part of your application process, we would invite you to provide it to us. It provides us with an additional way to imagine how you would engage with all that Elon has to offer.

Learn more at initialview.com.

Official High School/Secondary School Transcript

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

Test Scores

Submission of SAT or ACT results is not required for admissions consideration.

If you are attending a school where English is not the primary language of instruction, you must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting the TOEFLIELTS, or Duolingo English Test scores.

  • Minimum TOEFL score requirement: 80 (internet-based test)
  • Minimum IELTS score requirement: 6.5
  • Minimum Duolingo English Test requirement: 110

Merit-Based Scholarships and Financial Aid for International Students

We know financing your education is an important topic to cover when deciding where to apply and ultimately enroll.

All first-year Elon applicants are considered for our Presidential Scholarship, Elon Engagement Scholarship, and International Scholar Award. The Fellows Program and Scholars Program are additional merit-based scholarship opportunities, and require a supplementary application and interview selection process. The total scholarship range for international applicants is between $3,000 – $23,500 USD per year.

Elon is not able to offer need-based financial aid for non-U.S. citizens currently. We also do not offer full scholarships. If you are a U.S. citizen living abroad, you are eligible for financial aid by completing the FAFSA and CSS profile.

Visa Process

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

  • clear copy of your passport
  • Completed Certificate of Financial Responsibility form
  • Original bank statement or letter from the bank issued within the last 6 months

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 (GEC), or contact the GEC team at global@elon.edu.


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 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
  • Accademia Europea di Firenze (AEF)—Florence, Italy
  • American University Cairo (AUC)—New Cairo, Egypt
  • 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
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel—Burssels, Belgium
  • ZHAW School of Management and Law—Winterthur, Switzerland 

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 and requirements, please visit the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC), or contact the GEC team at global@elon.edu.