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Elon University

Elon, NC 4-Year Private

About Elon University

Elon University is a private, religous school located in the suburban setting of Elon, NC, less than an hour from Raleigh.

Founded in 1889, Elon University currently enrolls around 7,117 students a year, including 6,291 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Elon University's endowment was valued at $259,166,993 in 2021. The school spends $17,855 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About Elon University

Acceptance rate: 72%

Average GPA: 4.04

Mean ACT score: 27

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/Yes

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 10

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 20

What's the acceptance rate at Elon University in 2021?

It is moderately difficult to get into Elon University. The acceptance rate at Elon University is 72 percent.

The average high school GPA for a student at Elon University is 4.04 on a 4.0 scale. The mean ACT scores is 27.

In 2021, 1,890 applicants were waitlisted and 48 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Elon University a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 1,497 students who started at Elon University as first-time freshman, 1,187 graduate within four years.

Around 84 percent of students who started at Elon University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 80 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $51,772 a year. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $34,323 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Elon University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Elon University a good school for YOU?

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The deadline to apply to Elon University for Fall 2022 is January 20. All applicants will be notified by March 20.

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College Info

2700 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244-2010

Campus Setting: Suburban

Elon University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 10

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Elon University is Continuous processing.

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

Elon University ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above


25 to 30


25 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Elon University is 27. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into Elon University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Elon University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

570 - 660


Reading SAT Range

590 - 660

Elon University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Elon University is like? There are approximately 7,088 students enrolled at Elon University, including 6,277 undergraduate students and 811 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 19% percent are from NC and 81% percent of students are from other states.


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