2022 College Factual “Best Colleges” rankings recognize Elon for excellence of academic programs

Elon is ranked #71 out of 2,576 schools nationally for the quality and focus of its academic programs, putting it in the top 5 percent of all schools.

College Factual has again recognized Elon university as among the top tier of the nation’s colleges and universities in its 2022 college rankings.

Elon is ranked #71 on College Factual’s “Best Colleges” list of 2,576 schools across the country, putting it among the top 5 percent of all schools. Within the Southeast region, Elon ranks #10 among 682 schools in the “Best Colleges” list. Among 113 schools in North Carolina, Elon ranks #5 behind Duke University, Wake Forest University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In its rankings, College Factual takes into account more than 20 factors in its annual rankings including graduation rate, post-graduate earnings and a school’s average expenditure per student. For the Best Colleges list, College Factual uses six high-level scores for each school, including scores for accreditation, employment, demand, education, peers and debt. Data is drawn from The Institute of Education Sciences, a branch of the U.S. Department of Education.

Elon ranks #30 among the best communications and journalism schools, #50 among the best business schools, #60 among the best education schools and #70 among the best social sciences schools.

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

  • Entrepreneurial Studies (#4)
  • Health and Physical Education (#4)
  • Majors related to parks, recreation and leisure studies (#4)
  • Public relations and advertising (#5)
  • Finance and Financial Management (#14)
  • Accounting (#20)
  • Communication and Journalism (#25)
  • Business, Management and Marketing (#43)

College Factual ranked Elon #77 out of 1,305 schools with master’s degree programs, putting the university in the top 10 percent nationally for the quality of those programs. Elon received a #2 ranking among schools offering education/teaching of the gifted & talented master’s degrees and a #11 among school offering higher education/higher education administration master’s degrees and #16 among schools offering special education master’s degrees.

Elon’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program was ranked #3 for quality in the southeast region by College Factual.

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.