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Elon University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Elon University

Elon University is a private, 4-year university founded in 1889. The school's student body hails from 48 states and 48 foreign countries. Since 2004, the university has focused on ensuring that its campus is environmentally sustainable. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Elon in a number of its categories for regional universities in the South. This included a number one ranking among up-and-coming schools, number two ranking among best regional universities and number 15 ranking among best value schools.


Elon University operates one college and five schools: the Elon College of Arts and Sciences, Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, School of Communications, School of Health Sciences and School of Law. Through this college and these schools, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors as well as graduate programs in law, business, physical therapy, education, interactive therapy and physician's assistant studies.

The university offers students the ability to study abroad and boasts that it sends more students abroad than any other master's-level university. Study abroad programs can last a full semester, summer term or winter term. Countries in which study abroad is available include Argentina, Australia and England.


Undergraduate applicants must submit the school's application, which is available online. Applications must include a counselor evaluation form, official high school transcripts, standardized test scores and $50 application fee.

In the fall of 2011, over 9,000 students applied for admission to Elon, and less than 60% were admitted. Of admitted students, 27% enrolled.

The school reports that its class of 2015 has a mid-range high school GPA of 3.4-4.4 and a mid-range SAT score of 1720-1960 in the combined critical reading, math and writing sections. Additionally, it states that more than 65% of these students ranked in the top quarter of their high school class.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic year, undergraduate tuition was $28,633 per year. That same year, the school estimated that on-campus housing costs would be between $4,690 and $8,364 per year and that board would cost between $2,421 and $6,077 per year.

The school offers a variety of institutional aid, including academic and need-based scholarships and grants. In the 2010-2011 academic year, more than half of first-time students received institutional aid, and more than 70% received some form of financial assistance.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar 4-1-4: two 4-month semesters and a winter term in January*
School Setting Small suburb**
Student Body In 2011: 5,225 undergraduate and 691 graduate students**
Student Housing On-campus housing available**
Schools and Programs One college and five schools offering 60 undergraduate programs and graduate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Public relations, advertising and applied communication (136)**
Master's: Business administration and management, general (37)**
Doctoral: Law (97)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 78% in four years**
82% in six years**
Admission Rate In 2012: 52%**
Entering Class Size In 2011: 1,417***
First-Year Retention Rates Full-time: 90%**
Part-time: 50%**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students In 2011:
Middle 50% ACT composite: 25-29**
Middle 50% SAT writing: 560-660, math: 560-660 and critical reading: 560-660**
Application Due Date January 10th*
Decision Notification Date By March 15th*
Tuition (2012-2013) $28,633*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Full-Time, First-Year Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011:
Federal grants (10%)**
State and local grants and scholarships (26%)**
Institutional grants and scholarships (52%)**
Student loans (38%)**
Percent of Full-Time, First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2010-2011: 71%**

Sources: *Elon University, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 100 Campus Drive, Elon, NC 27244
  • Phone: (336) 278-2000
  • Website: www.elon.edu

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