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Academics

Located in central North Carolina, Elon University offers a “visually stunning” campus and a “focus for learning [that] is very hands on.” One student shares, “Many of my classes actually introduced real life clients that we worked with,” like “the NAACP, Habitat for Humanity International, … and numerous local businesses.” This reach beyond the classroom is perfect for Elon students, as many “are intent on becoming global citizens.” Options to “study abroad for a semester, summer, or winter term are all very popular,” and those who remain local will find a curriculum that encourages experiential learning through “internships, research, service, and leadership.” The campus is packed with “amazing resources, such as the SPDC [Student Professional Development Center], and [the] Maker Hub,” but the classes themselves remain intentionally small, which “allows for connections and questions between faculty and students.” Professors, too, earn high marks for being “extremely student focused” and “engaged, caring, and smart,” and this connection fosters an atmosphere where “every student is a person, not just a number.”

Student Body

At Elon University “students are driven go-getters” who thrive in the “sense of community on campus.” They appreciate that their classmates “are very motivated and want a bright future.” It’s nearly universally accepted that they “over involve themselves in outside activities, but all in an effort to better themselves.” It’s also fairly agreed-upon that Elon is “striving for a racially diverse campus,” and some cite a “growing international student population” as evidence. The demographic, however, still skews “predominantly white” with “a great deal of wealthy students.” Others go on to add that, while they may prefer more ethnic diversity, “Elon students are diverse in their perspectives, experiences, interests, and passions.” As one happy undergrad reports, “The sense of community is truly unbelievable …. It is unlike anything I have ever experienced.”

Campus Life

Since Elon was “founded on the basis of community engagement and participation,” student schedules outside of class are full at Elon. Here, it’s known “that everyone is too busy, overly involved, and loving it.” Still, school work is a priority, and students “have a passion for knowledge, as seen through their exceptional academic efforts.” When they do want a break, students spend time at the campus movie theatre, sporting events, student organizations, and social events—Elon Phoenix love their “trivia or bingo.” There is live entertainment, too, with “many talented student groups/bands, and the musical theater department … puts on a spectacular show every semester.” There’s also no question that students “definitely love to party,” and “Greek life is a dominant force” on campus. While one student notes, “It does get hard at times … not being in Greek life,” another assures that “there are plenty of other opportunities for students.” As for the town of Elon itself, students admit “the surrounding area can be a little barren,” but “hiking in the mountains, beach trips, and mini adventures to nearby small towns” are all available options. In all, Elon is “a campus that inspires and collaborates,” and as one student says: “Everyone at Elon misses it when we go back home.”

Overview

Applicants
10,729
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.98

GPA Breakdown

60%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — November 10

Regular — January 10


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
590
with Terminal Degree
469

299
Women
291
Men
99
Minority
16
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biophysics.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting and Related Services.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations.
  • Finance and Financial Management Services.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Information Systems and Services.
  • Marketing.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Broadcast Journalism.
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other.
  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Journalism.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Radio and Television.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Recording Arts Technology/Technician.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Science.
  • Information Science/Studies.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, General.
  • Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Computer Engineering.
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics.
  • Engineering, General.
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • General Literature.
  • Rhetoric and Composition.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Public Health Education and Promotion.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Human Services, General.
  • Public Administration.
  • Public Policy Analysis, Other.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Economics.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Acting.
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Dance, General.
  • Dance, Other.
  • Directing and Theatrical Production.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Technology.
  • Music.
  • Musical Theatre.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Laith Majali '05
Earned Jordan its first ever Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film

Jack McKeon '63
MLB mgr(Fl Marlins,Cin Reds,Kansas City Royals,Oakland Ath,San Diego Padres

Joe West '74
The longest-tenured umpire now working in Major League Baseball with more than 40 seasons under his belt

Kerrii B. Anderson '79
Former CEO of Wendy's International

Deborah Yow '74
Director of Athletics NC State, formerly at U of MD and St. Louis Univ

Daniel Watts '04
Broadway performer featured in Tony-award winning musicals, incl 'Hamilton'

Maity Interiano '07
Emmy award journalist, entertainmt reports & TV producer Despierta America

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 31

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,516

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,920

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,366

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
35%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,625

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$14,693

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,082
Required Fees
$489
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,814
Transportation for Commuters
$1,100

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund
Privately funded alternative loans

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,196
Foreign Countries Represented
53

Demographics

2.42%
Asian
5.57%
African-American
6.42%
Hispanic
79.52%
Caucasian
2.39%
International

60% female
40% male
81% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
68%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
The Office of Disabilities Resources

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Susan Wise

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
284
Number of Honor Societies
31

Number of Social Sororities
12
Number of Religious Organizations
27

20% join a fraternity
39% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

16% participate in intramural sports
6% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Phoenix)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Phoenix)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: NC A&T University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: NC A&T University

Sustainability

Elon University is currently fulfilling its mission statement to prepare "students to be global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good." Elon has adopted a green building policy in which new buildings, consisting of 8,000 or more square feet, are required to pursue LEED Silver certification. The university also boasts multiple LEED Gold buildings. New projects focus on sustainability features, including site stewardship; conservation of water, energy, and other resources; and indoor environmental quality. Other campus-wide initiatives include: over $1 million (including grant funding) committed to the "Bio-Bus" biodiesel transportation program; Building Dashboard, a real-time electricity monitoring system that encourages the campus community to track its own energy use; and a print management system that has reduced paper usage by 70 percent. Elon offers an interdisciplinary environmental studies major, courses on sustainability-related topics, and a program to assist faculty members with incorporating sustainability principles into their curricula. Student peer educators known as Eco-Reps raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage environmentally responsible behavior of fellow students. Environmental speakers, documentary screenings, energy reduction competitions and Earth Week are all designed to promote positive sustainable change. Notably, the composting initiative has moved beyond the dining halls. The campus grounds have also benefitted, with the university collecting and composting its yard waste. In a typical year, around 100 tons of compost are produced from yard waste collected. In campus dining halls, students go trayless in an effort to reduce water usage and food waste. Dining services has a composting program for pre- and post-consumer food waste.

90/99
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
15%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Amy Woods
Visiting Coordinator

Address
2700 Campus Box
400 N. O'Kelley Avenue, Elon
Elon, NC 27244

Phone
336-278-3566

Email
admissions@elon.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Belk Library
Rhodes Football Stadium
Koury Business Center
Moseley Student Center
Schar Center
Lindner Hall, Academic Village, Global Neighborhood, Schar Hall Communications

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Acorn Coffee shop, Oak House
Elon Town Center
Alamance Crossing (Burlington)
Friendly Shopping Center (Greensboro)
Southpoint Mall (Durham)
Franklin Street - Chapel Hill;

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Saturday
8 am? 5 pm ( Monday ? Friday) 8:30 am? 1 pm (Saturday
336-278-3566

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
n/a

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation


Driving Instructions to Campus
?Take Interstate 85/40 to Exit 140 (University Drive) and head north on University Drive. ?Turn right onto Boone Station Drive, and then immediately left at St. Mark's Church Road. ?Follow this road for 1.4 miles. Note the road's name changes to Williamson Avenue after crossing S. Church Street. You will cross railroad tracks as you enter campus. ?Turn right at the stoplight on Haggard Avenue. ?Take first left onto N. O’Kelly Avenue and follow the signs to visitor parking behind Inman Admissions Welcome Center.


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