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Elon University Overview

Located in Elon, North Carolina, Elon University is a private not-for-profit institution. Elon is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Elon University Known For?

1,666 Undergraduate Awards
$44,668 Avg Cost After Aid
67% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Elon have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Elon.
  • In 2017-2018, 76% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Elon makes roughly $51,900 a year. This is 27% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • The average Elon student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Elon University Rankings

Elon is ranked #132 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 64 colleges in North Carolina, it is ranked at #3.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Elon has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#66 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#347 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Elon.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Best Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Elon has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#16 Best Colleges for Finance & Financial Management College Factual
#25 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#38 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#42 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#49 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#52 Best Colleges for Education College Factual

Where Is Elon University?

Location of Elon University

Contact details for Elon are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 100 Campus Drive, Elon, NC 27244-2010
Phone: 336-278-2000
Website: www.elon.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElonUniversity
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/elonuniversity

How Do I Get Into Elon?

You can apply to Elon online at: www.elon.edu/e-web/admissions/apply.xhtml

Admission Requirements for Elon

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Elon?

67% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
60% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Elon is 67%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 76%, and the acceptance rate for women is 62%.

Average Test Scores

About 60% of students accepted to Elon submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 670. Math scores were between 560 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Elon University  ( 580 to 670 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Elon University  ( 560 to 660 )
200
800
Elon received ACT scores from 58% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 25 and 31. Math scores were between 24 and 28. Composite scores were between 25 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Elon University  ( 25 to 31 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Elon University  ( 24 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Elon University  ( 25 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford Elon University?

$44,668 Net Price
34% Take Out Loans
0.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Elon is $44,668. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Elon, approximately 34% of students took out student loans averaging $8,566 a year. That adds up to $34,264 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Elon is 0.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Elon University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,079 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,277 undergraduate students at Elon, with 6,079 being full-time and 198 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Elon

There are also 811 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,079 full-time undergraduates at Elon, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Elon

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Elon University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Elon Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 142
Black or African American 331
Hispanic or Latino 402
White 4,863
International Students 126
Other Races/Ethnicities 215

Geographic Diversity

North Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at Elon University. At this time, 41 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 52 countries are represented at Elon. The most popular countries sending students to the school are United Kingdom, China, and Canada.

Online Learning at Elon University

0 Took All Classes Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years

This is the #2,028 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Elon regardless of major.

Elon University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Finance & Financial Management 199 0 0 199
Public Relations & Advertising 155 0 0 155
Marketing 131 0 0 131
Business Administration & Management 81 45 0 126
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 76 28 0 104
Law 0 0 103 103
General Psychology 90 0 0 90
Other Public Administration 74 0 0 74
Accounting 69 4 0 73
Health & Physical Education 50 0 0 50
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 46 46
Teacher Education Grade Specific 43 0 0 43
Journalism 42 0 0 42
Political Science & Government 41 0 0 41
International Business 38 0 0 38
Allied Health Professions 0 38 0 38
General Biology 37 0 0 37
Computer Science 36 0 0 36
Recreation Administration 34 0 0 34
Drama & Theater Arts 34 0 0 34
Human Services 33 0 0 33
Entrepreneurial Studies 31 0 0 31
Romance Languages 29 0 0 29
General English Literature 26 0 0 26
Natural Resources Conservation 25 0 0 25
Economics 25 0 0 25
Special Education 17 5 0 22
International Relations & National Security 22 0 0 22
Communication & Media Studies 20 0 0 20
Statistics 20 0 0 20
Interdisciplinary Studies 17 0 0 17
Music 15 0 0 15
Applied Mathematics 14 0 0 14
Public Policy 14 0 0 14
Arts & Media Management 14 0 0 14
Dance 14 0 0 14
International Studies 13 0 0 13
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 12 0 0 12
History 11 0 0 11
Fine & Studio Arts 9 0 0 9
Liberal Arts General Studies 8 0 0 8
Sociology 8 0 0 8
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 6 0 6
Mathematics 6 0 0 6
Chemistry 5 0 0 5
Religious Studies 4 0 0 4
Information Science 3 0 0 3
Teacher Education Subject Specific 3 0 0 3
Biomedical Engineering 3 0 0 3
Engineering Physics 3 0 0 3
Philosophy 3 0 0 3
Physics 3 0 0 3
Environmental Engineering 2 0 0 2
Anthropology 2 0 0 2
Computer Engineering 1 0 0 1
Writing Studies 1 0 0 1
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 0 0
Engineering Chemistry 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0
Other Engineering 0 0 0 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,666 126 149 1,941

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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