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Elon University

Elon, NC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate78%
Acceptance Rate78%

Elon University Admissions

If you are applying to Elon University, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 10 and the application fee is $60.

Students who apply to Elon University for fall semester should hear back from Elon University by March 20.

Elon University Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Elon University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 22%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 28%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 22%
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 January 1 March 20

Applying Early to Elon University?

Elon University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means 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 89%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 78%.

Elon University accepts roughly 78% of early action applicants and 78% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Elon University admitted 221 of the 247 students who applied early decision. Last year, Elon University admitted 9,454 of the 12,168 who applied early action.

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

➡️ Discover a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Elon University Admissions

How To Get Into 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 2021, Elon University accepted 78% of students, approximately 13,859 from the 17,834 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

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Elon University

In 2022, Elon University waitlisted 2,230 students and 594 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 66 eventually got off the waitlist.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Elon University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding 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 choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Elon University

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

Elon University has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school. Elon University considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 29% submitted a class rank. At Elon University 22% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 54% were in the top 25% and 85% 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 54.06%
3.75 and 3.99 11.39%
3.50 and 3.74 12.59%
3.25 and 3.49 10.45%
3.00 and 3.24 6.73%
2.50 and 2.9 4.72%
2.00 and 2.49 0.06%

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 reflects 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 considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 28% of Elon University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 22% 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 660 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.

What is 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.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

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

• Spring 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?

❌ No, Elon University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include 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's acceptance rate is 78%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Elon University?

✅ Elon University's early decision acceptance rate was 89% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Elon University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Elon University was 78% 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 78%. This means that the institution accepts 77 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 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

1175 - 1330


Math SAT Range

580 - 660


Reading SAT Range

590 - 680

Elon University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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

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