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Elon University Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Elon University, the regular decision application deadline is January 10 and the fee for the application costs $60.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 20.

Elon University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Elon University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 25%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 66%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 45%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Elon University?

Elon University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Elon University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 20.

The early decision acceptance rate at Elon University is 9%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 72%. Elon University accepts about 68% of early action applicants and 72% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Elon University admitted 338 of the 374 students who applied early decison. Last year, Elon University admitted 7,186 of the 1,63 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Elon University Hard To Get Into?

It is moderately difficult to get into Elon University. Elon University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Elon University accepted 72% of all applicants, around 10,975 of the 15,306 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Elon University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

In 2021, Elon University waitlisted 1,890 students. Of those, 429 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does Elon University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Elon University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Important

Elon University Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Elon University must submit the following items. Double check with Elon University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements counselor evaluation form
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Elon University?

Students admitted to Elon University have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0.

Out of all students that were admitted, 27% submitted a class rank. At Elon University 25% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 52% were in the top 25% and 83% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Elon University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 27%
3.75 and 3.99 11.53%
3.50 and 3.74 10.84%
3.25 and 3.49 10.15%
3.00 and 3.24 7.37%
2.50 and 2.9 6.24%
2.00 and 2.49 0.25%

Elon University does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Elon University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 66% of Elon University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 45% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Elon University?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Elon University students scored 660 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Elon University students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Elon University?

To be most competitive at Elon University, you should strive to earn between 25 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Elon University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Elon University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

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Transferring to Elon University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Elon University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Elon University during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

Elon University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Elon University?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Elon University.

Does Elon University accept transfer credits?

Elon University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Elon University accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests

Does Elon University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Elon University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Elon University?

Elon University is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Elon University's acceptance rate?

Elon University's acceptance rate is 72%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Elon University?

Elon University's early decision acceptance rate was 9% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Elon University?

The early action acceptance rate at Elon University was 68% in 2021.

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Elon University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Elon University? Elon University is a somewhat selective institution. The Elon University acceptance rate is 72%. This means that the institution accepts 71 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

560 - 660


Reading SAT Range

580 - 660

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Elon University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Elon University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.04. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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