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Elon University

Elon, NC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate74%

Elon University Admissions

Elon University is moderately difficult to get into. Around 74% of applicants get into Elon University each year. Out of 17,551 applications received in 2023, 13,069 students were offered admission.

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

Students who submit their applications to Elon University for fall should hear back from Elon University by March 20.

Elon University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Elon University's admissions stats.

Elon University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.0
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 20%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 26%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 17%
Waitlist Yes

Elon University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Elon University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 1
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 December 20
Regular Decision Yes 1 10 March 20

Considering 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.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 1.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Elon University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 20.

The early decision acceptance rate at Elon University is 90%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 74%.

Elon University accepts roughly 75% of early action applicants and 74% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Elon University admitted 266 of the 294 students who applied early decision. In 2022, Elon University admitted 9,455 of the 12,527 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early in hopes that it will increase their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Elon University Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Elon University?

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

In 2022, Elon University accepted 74% of students, around 13,069 from 17,551 applicants.

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.

Transferring to Elon University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Elon University

Elon University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Elon University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. 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 put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Elon University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Elon University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Elon University for more information on admission factors.

Elon University Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements counselor evaluation form
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Elon University?

Students admitted to Elon University have an average unweighted GPA of 4.0. Elon University considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 30% submitted a class rank. At Elon University 20% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 50% were in the top 25% and 86% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Elon University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 57.18%
3.75 and 3.99 10.41%
3.50 and 3.74 11.06%
3.25 and 3.49 8.22%
3.00 and 3.24 6.98%
2.50 and 2.9 5.8%
2.00 and 2.49 0.35%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Elon University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 26% of Elon University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 17% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Elon University?

To be competitive with other Elon University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1175 and 1330 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Elon University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1330 and 25% of scored lower than 1175, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Elon University students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Elon University students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

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.

More Information on Transferring to Elon University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Elon University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 1. 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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter 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 • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Elon University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Elon University?

❌ No, Elon University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Elon University's acceptance rate?

✅ Elon University has an acceptance rate of 74%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Elon University?

✅ Elon University's early decision acceptance rate was 90% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Elon University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Elon University was 75% 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 74%. This means that the institution accepts 74 out of every 100 applicants.


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

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 4.0. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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