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Elon University is a private institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,225, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 600 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Elon University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 2. Its tuition and fees are $28,980 (2012-13).
Elon University is located in Elon, N.C., between Greensboro and the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill triangle. With more than 140 clubs and organizations, there are many ways for students to get involved. Every Tuesday, the community hosts College Coffee, a weekly campus tradition during which faculty, staff, and students gather for coffee and snacks at the Phi Beta Kappa Commons. Students can work off the extra calories participating in intramural, club, or varsity sports. The Phoenix, Elon’s varsity athletic teams, compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference. Greek organizations are a significant part of social life on campus, representing about 35 percent of the student body. All first- and second-year students are required to live on campus in one of the residence halls.
Elon is organized into five schools and colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, School of Communications, School of Education, and School of Law. Undergraduates choose from more than 50 majors within a variety of disciplines. Each year, 40 incoming first-year students are admitted into the Honors Program, which offers smaller discussion classes, a motivated academic community, and benefits like study abroad grants and special Honors housing. More than 70 percent of students at Elon study abroad. The Elon University Poll conducts three polls each semester on issues of importance in and around North Carolina.
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Elon is recognized by the National Survey of Student Engagement as one of the most effective universities in the nation for actively engaging students in learning. Classes are four-credit-hours instead of the traditional three-credit classes, providing an extra hour each week for hands-on learning experiences. Faculty mentors work closely with students in small classes. Outside the classroom, students engage in the Elon Experiences by studying abroad, leading student organizations and doing internships, volunteer service and undergraduate research. Recent additions to the outstanding campus include a library, science center, residence halls and Rhodes Stadium. With an enrollment of about 6,000, Elon is the ideal size, with the resources of a university in a close-knit community atmosphere.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Elon University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 10, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 10 and November 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 10. The application fee at Elon University is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 57.9 percent and an early acceptance rate of 49.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||57.9%|
|Application deadline||January 10|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 10|
The student-faculty ratio at Elon University is 13:1, and the school has 50.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Elon University include: Business/Commerce, General; Communication and Media Studies; Psychology, General; Biology, General; and Political Science and Government, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 89.8 percent.
Elon University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,225, with a gender distribution of 40.9 percent male students and 59.1 percent female students. At this school, 60.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 40.0 percent of students live off campus. Elon University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Elon University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Elon University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Elon University, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Elon University.
|Students who have cars on campus||75%|
|Health insurance offered||No|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Elon University, 36.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,212.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$28,980 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$9,480 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data