Elon University

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2700 Campus Box

Elon, NC 27244

Phone: (336) 278-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 10
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Elon University is a private institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,357, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 620 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Elon University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 1. Its tuition and fees are $30,149 (2013-14).

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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1889
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $132,001,420


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 selective, with an acceptance rate of 51.7 percent and an early acceptance rate of 49.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 51.7%
Application deadline January 10
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 10

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Elon University is 13:1, and the school has 50.6 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; Political Science and Government, General; and Biology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 89.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 77%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business/Commerce, General 25%
Communication and Media Studies 18%
Psychology, General 6%
Political Science and Government, General 4%
Biology, General 3%

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Student Life

Elon University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,357, with a gender distribution of 40.7 percent male students and 59.3 percent female students. At this school, 60 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 40 percent of students live off campus. Elon University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,029
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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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, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Elon University.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Elon University, 34.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,628.

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Tuition and fees $30,149 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,897 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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