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Elon University

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Elon University is located in the beautiful Piedmont region of North Carolina. The University is known for excellence in Liberal Arts and Science and is a national model for engaged learning. By implementing and carefully following a well-structured strategic plan, Elon University has quickly risen to a level of national prominence. Elon University offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.

The University is divided into several colleges and learning centers including the College of Arts and Science, Martha Spencer Love School of Business, School of Communications, School of Education and School of Law. The College of Arts and Sciences is the backbone of Elon University. Graduate programs at Elon University are offered in Physical Therapy, Physicians Assistant, Law, MBA, Education and Interactive Media.

Elon believes the foundation of a strong education begins with the relationship between faculty and students. Elon University students engage in experiential education with 78 percent of students completing internships, one-third of students holding at least one campus leadership position, and about 250 students annually working with faculty members on undergraduate research projects.

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Unique Programs

Students at Elon University have many opportunities for international studies and study abroad programs through the Isabella Cannon International Center. In 2010, over 70% of Elon’s graduating seniors had studied abroad at least once. The University is ranked #1 in the country for number of students who study abroad and was one of four institutions to receive the prestigious 2007 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators.


Elon University has a highly selective admissions process. In 2010, 9000 applications were received for the 1400 available freshmen and transfer spaces. Among students in the class of 2014, 32% were ranked in the Top 10% and 68% were ranked in the Top 25% of their high school class. Students are required to submit academic records, SAT or ACT scores with writing, guidance counselor evaluations, examples of extracurricular activities, and an essay. The application process begins in November and runs through the spring. Freshmen applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Students wishing to pursue graduate education at Elon University are advised to contact the specific program directly to get the most current admission requirements.

Financial Aid

Students from North Carolina receive a grant from the North Carolina General Assembly. The Financial Aid office can assist students in identifying options to help cover the cost of attending Elon University. The university offers scholarships and grants that are need-based, merit-based, and talent-based. In addition, loans, student employment, ROTC and Engineering scholarships are available.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2154th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in North Carolina.


Elon University encourages students to live on campus and has a goal of having 75% of undergraduate students living on campus. On-campus housing includes both residence halls and apartments. Elon University residents live in learning communities, which are groups of students who live together and share the same classes and interests. Elon University’s learning communities have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. World & News Report.

Elon University has a very active student body. The university has over 160 active student organizations, 25 social fraternities and sororities, intramurals and club sports, residence hall activities, and a student government. The Multicultural Center offers student programs in multicultural education, scholarship, mentoring and support. The Student Mentors Advising Rising Talent (S.M.A.R.T.) program links returning students with incoming students. Hand-to-hand Mentors are faculty and staff mentors who provide additional support to students.

Other programs include D.E.E.P., Diversity Emerging Education Program; multicultural student council; and Multicultural leadership roundtable. Each week Elon hosts a traditional College Coffee. This event brings faculty, staff and students together in a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy coffee, snacks and conversation.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Elon University competes in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference and has 16 Intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports teams including football, basketball, soccer and tennis. In 1999, Elon changed their mascot to the Phoenix. Prior to 1999 the Elon mascot was a Fighting Christian. Many felt this mascot was not universally acceptable enough for a Division I sports team. The Phoenix was chosen as a symbol of Elon because in 1923 the campus was nearly completely destroyed by fire and the trustees soon after began planning for Elon’s “rise from the ashes.”

Students at Elon University have access to several world-class athletic facilities including the Koury Center, Jordan Gym and Beck Pool. The University also has one of the best tennis facilities in the nation in the 12 court Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.

Local Community

Elon University is located on a 600-acre campus that has been designated a botanical garden. The campus has been recognized as one of the nation’s most beautiful by Princeton Review. Elon University Forest is a 56-acre land preserve used for education and nature studies.


Elon University has a number of notable alumni, including:

  • Martin Ritt – director, actor, and playwright
  • Kenneth Utt – actor and produce
  • Rich Blomquist – Emmy Award winning writer on The Daily Show
  • Isabella W. Cannon – former Mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Jim Morris – Head baseball coach at the University of Miami
  • Deborah A. Yow – North Carolina State University Athletics Director, formerly University of Maryland’s Director of Athletics

Additional School Information

Elon University is known for being a leader in engaged learning. The Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement connects Elon students and faculty with community service organizations. Elon Volunteers, a student-run organization, is housed in the center and organizes community service opportunities, service-learning courses, and service-related trips over school breaks. Elon University has been recognized as a national leader in civic engagement by the Carnegie Classification on Civic Engagement. The University has also earned a Presidential Award in the first President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.


  • Elon University Admissions. Web. 23 July 2011. <www.elon.edu/e-web/administration/president/strategicplan2020/default.xhtml>
  • Elon University Financial Aid. Web. 23 July 2011. <www.elon.edu/e-web/admissions/FinancialAid>
  • Elon University International Studies. Web. 23 July 2011 <www.elon.edu/e-web/academics/international_studies/awards.xhtml>
  • Keller, George. Transforming a College: the Story of a Little-Known College’s Strategic Climb to National Distinction. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2004. Print.

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Ranks 5th in North Carolina and 153rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in North Carolina and 268th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 24 0.41
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 31 0.52

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 11 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 2 0.02
Robbery 4 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 59 0.62
Larceny 89 0.93
Vehicle theft 1 0.01

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Elon, NC 27244-2010
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population10,762 (6,217 urban / 4,545 rural)
Households3,429 (2.56 people per house)
Median Household Income$41,515
Families2,340 (2.96 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemFour-one-four plan
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3706

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 481st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $29,750 $29,750 $29,750
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $399 $399 $399
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $948 $948 $948
FT Graduate Tuition $12,082 $12,082 $12,082
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $671 $671 $671
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $43,546 $43,546 $43,546
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $43,546 $43,546 $43,546
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $33,299 $33,299 $33,299

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $37,549 $37,549
Law Degree — Required Fees N/A N/A

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $27,881 $28,980 $27,881 $28,980 $27,881 $28,980
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $900(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,090 $9,480
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,600(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,090 $9,480
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,600(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,250(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,949 (3,384 male / 6,565 female)
Admitted 5,370 (2,168 male / 3,202 female)
Admission rate 54%
First-time Enrollment 1,474 (585 male / 889 female)
FT Enrollment 1,474 (585 male / 889 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment6,305

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southern Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southern Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southern Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southern Conference

ACT Test Admission

533rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 22%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 26

SAT Test Admission

174th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 78%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 560 / 660
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 560 / 660
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1120 / 1320

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,460
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,953
Board Fee$4,944

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 15 84 31 20 3 1,039 54 1,256
Accounting 34 2 36
Acting 1 1 12 14
Anthropology 14 16
Applied Mathematics, General 1 1 2
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 4 4
Art/Art Studies, General 2 7 9
Biochemistry 1 1 16 1 19
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 24 26
Business Administration and Management, General 1 8 4 7 75 3 99
Chemistry, General 6 6
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Communication and Media Studies, Other 2 1 3
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science 1 5 1 10 1 18
Dance, General 1 12 13
Dance, Other
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 1 5 1 18 26
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 4 5
Economics, General 1 20 3 24
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented 2 11 13
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 35 2 39
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1 1
Engineering, General 1 7 2 10
Engineering, Other 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 2 1 26 1 30
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 15 1 17
Environmental Studies 19 19
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Finance, General 1 1 1 49 4 57
French Language and Literature 3 3
General Studies 1 1
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 3 3
History, General 1 17 1 21
Human Services, General 4 1 1 29 3 38
Information Science/Studies 1 1 2
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 3 7 12
International Economics 1 1
International Relations and Affairs 3 3 1 25 4 36
Journalism, Other 1 4 1 29 1 37
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 5 1 7
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 3 2 1 43 1 50
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 1 1 1 57 2 64
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 2
Mathematics, General 8 8
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Music Performance, General 3 3
Music Teacher Education 3 3
Music Technology 1 7 1 9
Music, General 4 4
Musical Theatre 13 1 14
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 6 1 33 1 42
Philosophy 1 9 1 11
Physics, General 1 2 3
Political Science and Government, General 1 4 3 37 1 47
Psychology, General 3 1 73 6 83
Public Administration 2 5 7
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 5 5
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 1 5 4 2 111 7 130
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other 7 3 1 51 1 63
Religion/Religious Studies 1 4 5
Social Science Teacher Education
Sociology 2 1 6 9
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 2
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 1 12 15
Statistics, General 4 4
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism 1 1 3 5

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 842nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $77,849 ($79,970 male / $70,857 female)
Number of FT Faculty 394 (210 male / 184 female)
Number of PT Faculty 562
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $10,812,406

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