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Elon University

Elon, NC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate74%
Acceptance Rate74%

About Elon University

Elon University is a prestigious private liberal arts university in North Carolina. Elon is known for its strong academic programs, distinguished faculty, and use of experiential learning opportunities that provide students with hands-on experiences. 

Some of the most popular majors at Elon include communications, business, education, and health sciences. The university is particularly known for its school of communications which offers state-of-the-art facilities, opportunities for partnerships with media organizations, and opportunities to work with professionals to gain practical experience. 

The Elon campus life is a tight-knit community with many campus traditions like the Elon Day celebration, a day of spirited fundraising. The university is located among North Carolina’s diverse geography and offers many opportunities for outdoor activities, with hiking trails, parks, and lakes all nearby.

Elon University competes at the NCAA Division I level and is a member of the Coastal Athletic Association (CAA). As part of the CAA, Elon competes against schools like William & Mary, UNC Wilmington, and Northeastern. Sports culture at Elon is very spirited and students are very supportive of the Elon Phoenix teams.

Did You Know?

Elon University is known for its study abroad opportunities. The university is consistently ranked as a top university for studying abroad and the majority of students choose to study abroad during their time at the university. 

What the CC community is saying about Elon University

"Elon regularly wins awards as the best-run college in the nation, and I understand why. A large percentage of the students and their parents are very happy there. It is hard to describe how well-run it is, but having had a child attend, I can attest that it deserves the awards. Very engaged faculty. Responsive administration. Innovative programs. Great job placement. All that results in happy students."

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Elon University is a private, nonprofit university in the suburb of Elon, North Carolina. Elon University was founded in 1889. The university currently enrolls around 7,123 students per year, including 6,354 undergrad students.

Elon University Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into Elon University. Around 74% of applicants get into Elon University each year. In 2022, 17,551 students applied to Elon University and 13,069 were admitted.

Elon University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 74%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 90%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 75%
Average GPA 4.0
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 75%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 26%

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Elon University is located in the town of Elon, North Carolina, near Raleigh.

If you want to see Elon University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 40/85 to Elon, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Piedmont Triad International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Elon University and Elon are like without leaving home.

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Elon University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 10

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Elon University is Jan 10.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Elon University is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Elon University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1175 - 1330


Math SAT Range

580 - 680


Reading SAT Range

590 - 680

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Wondering what life at Elon University is like? There are approximately 7,123 students enrolled at Elon University, including 6,354 undergraduate students and 769 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 21% percent are from NC and 79% percent of students are from other states.


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