Meet the Class of 2009

Read this note for facts and figures on this year's freshman class, which will arrive on campus Friday, Aug. 26. The first day of classes is Tuesday, Aug. 30. Details...

The 116th academic year at Elon University will start with new student convocation at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, Under the Oaks in front of West Dormitory. Approximately 1,245 new students and their families will arrive on campus Friday, Aug. 26 for orientation sessions. The first day of classes is Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Sixty-seven percent of this year’s freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class; 22 students were valedictorians. The average SAT score is 1208, with the mid-range of the class falling between 1140-1280. The average high school grade point average is 3.8 with the mid –range covering the high B to A range, 3.5 – 4.2.

Students entering as Fellows, which recognize excellence in honors, science, business, leadership, journalism/communications and teaching, make up 15 percent of the freshman class and have an average SAT of 1320. Presidential Scholars make up 32 percent of the class, with an average SAT score of 1300 and an average high school GPA of 4.41.

Members of the freshman class come from 37 states and the District of Columbia. Twenty-eight percent of the class comes from North Carolina. Eleven percent of students are from New England states. Ten percent of freshmen are from Maryland, while nine percent each come from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Eight percent each are from Virginia and Ohio.

This year’s total projected undergraduate enrollment of 4,800 is about 175 more than last year.

Top intended majors of incoming students are business, communications, education, biology, psychology, journalism, political science, engineering, exercise sport science, English and history.