Elon leads the nation in programs that “Focus on Student Success”

Elon University is the only college or university in the nation recognized by U.S. News & World Report for excellence in all eight high-impact academic programs.

For the fifth straight year, Elon is the national leader in the U.S. News & World Report feature titled “Focus on Student Success” – colleges and universities that “provide undergrads with the best possible educational experience.”

The feature, which is included in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” guide, highlights eight programs that education experts agree are key to student success. U.S. News & World Report surveyed college presidents, chief academic officers and deans of admission, asking them to nominate institutions that exemplify excellence in the eight programs.

Elon is the only university recognized in all eight programs and earned a top-10 position in each:

#1 Study Abroad
#1 Learning Communities
#2 First-Year Experiences
#2 Service Learning
#4 Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects
#4 Internships/Co-ops
#5 Senior Capstone
#10 Writing in the Disciplines

Other colleges and universities recognized in multiple categories include Duke in seven programs; Stanford and Agnes Scott in six programs; and Amherst, Brown, Princeton, Yale and Carleton in five programs.

​Elon is the #2 ranked university for excellence in undergraduate teaching, trailing only Princeton University and joining a group of outstanding universities committed to teaching excellence, including Brown, the College of William & Mary, Dartmouth, Boston College, Rice, Notre Dame, Stanford, Yale, Georgetown and Duke.

U.S. News also ranks Elon as the #11 Most Innovative University in the nation. Schools in the top-10 include Arizona State, MIT, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and Cal Tech.

Elon is ranked #2 among National Universities for excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

This is the first year that Elon is ranked as a National University in the U.S. News & World Report guide, earning a #84 overall ranking among the nation’s most prestigious comprehensive universities. Schools in the National Universities category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs. Elon moved to the category this year after it was classified as a Doctoral/Professional University by the Carnegie Classification of Colleges. The top schools in the National Universities category this year are (in rank order) Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, MIT, Yale, Stanford, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, Duke and Johns Hopkins.

U.S. News & World Report has been producing college rankings since 1983. The rankings are based on an extensive annual data survey of institutions along with opinion surveys of university faculty and administrators.