Elon academic programs earn national recognition in 2020 College Factual “Best Colleges” ranking

Elon University earns 34 badges for excellence in rankings based on the outcomes of a college education. Elon earns nine “top 5 percent” national rankings for the quality and focus of its academic programs.

College Factual recognizes Elon University in the top tier of the nation’s colleges and universities in the 2020 college rankings. Elon is awarded 34 badges for excellence including recognition for several academic programs that are ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation. Overall, Elon is ranked in the top 6 percent (#106) of 1,727 four-year colleges and universities nationwide.

Elon earns high national rankings based on the caliber of the student body, the quality of the faculty, a high freshmen retention rate, a high graduation rate, high starting salaries of graduates and a low default rate on student loans.

Elon’s academic programs receiving the highest rankings in the survey, placing in the top 5 percent nationwide, include the following:

  • Business, Management and Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Finance and Financial Management
  • Marketing
  • Communication and journalism
  • Public relations and advertising
  • Majors related to parks, recreation and leisure studies

College Factual ranks Elon’s strategic communications program the #6 most focused program in the nation, and the communication and journalism program the #9 most popular program.

Elon’s entrepreneurial studies programs are ranked #9 in the nation, marketing programs are ranked #19, accounting is ranked #31, international business is ranked #36 and the finance program is ranked the nation’s #23 most focused program.

The public administration program is ranked the #3 most popular program and the #4 most focused. The special education program is ranked #30. Majors related to parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies rank #10.

Other academic program areas placing either in the top 10 percent or the top 15 percent nationwide include business administration and management, health and physical education, political science and government, and drama and theater arts.

The College Factual rankings are based on 11 factors of quality. The rankings do not involve any subjective data and schools are not grouped into categories. The rankings attempt to measure the quality of academic programs and majors, comparing schools in a variety of fields.

In addition to Elon, the other top-five schools in North Carolina are Duke University, Wake Forest University, Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Elon’s overall national ranking of #106 out of 1,726 schools is based on test scores of incoming students, high freshman retention rate and graduation rates, educational and faculty resources, starting salary of graduates, and a low default rate on student loans. Elon ranks #16 among 436 colleges in the Southeast.

College Factual, located in Troy, New York, is a leading source of college data analytics and insights, with a strong focus on student outcomes. College Factual provides in-depth coverage for over 2,700 colleges and universities and over 350 college majors, helping students discover which of those colleges and majors are best for them. These insights are available to students from 160 countries interested in pursuing accredited college degree programs in the United States.