Elon earns #16 national ranking in Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2020 college rankings

Elon earns top scores for student engagement and student interactions with faculty and staff.

Elon University is ranked #16 in the nation for student engagement, with an overall ranking of #109 among private universities in the 2020 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.

This is the fourth year that the Wall Street Journal and London-based Times Higher Education have collaborated on U.S. college rankings that are described as an answer “to questions that matter the most to students and their families: How likely am I to graduate, pay off my loans and get a good job? Does the college have plenty of resources to teach me properly? Will I be engaged and stretched in the classroom and get good access to my teachers? Is there a diverse campus community?”

The study is based on 15 performance indicators related to academic resources, graduation rate, student-faculty ratio, academic reputation, faculty publishing, alumni salaries and other factors. Almost 20 percent of the ranking relies on a student survey dataset, which captures the voices of over 170,000 current U.S. students across all ranked colleges.

Elon’s strongest scores in the rankings factors relate to student engagement in their studies. Elon students responding to a survey gave high marks to the ways that their studies promote critical thinking and applying their knowledge in real-world situations. They also rate Elon high for challenging academics and close collaboration with their professors and peers.

Elon also earned high scores for its graduation rate and its spending on academic programs and student support services. Including all 970 public and private colleges and universities in the ranking, Elon has an overall rank of #143.

Elon’s overall national ranking compared with other North Carolina institutions:

#10 Duke University
#33 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
#54 Davidson College
#68 Wake Forest University
#104 North Carolina State University
#143 Elon University

#401-500 Campbell University
#501-600 East Carolina University
#501-600 University of North Carolina at Asheville
#501-600 University of North Carolina at Charlotte
#501-600 University of North Carolina at Greensboro
#501-600 Queens University
#501-600 High Point University

>600 Appalachian State University
>600 Johnson and Wales University – Charlotte
>600 Lenoir-Rhyne University
>600 North Carolina A&T State University
>600 North Carolina Central University
>600 University of North Carolina at Wilmington
>600 Western Carolina University
>600 Wingate University