About Elon 

Elon University is the premier student-centered learning environment, preparing graduates to be the ethical leaders the world needs. Elon students are ambitious, curious and compassionate, inspired to be big-thinkers and creative problem-solvers. Elon’s rigorous curriculum is grounded in the arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional and graduate programs. The 433 full-time faculty members teach in more than 60 undergraduate majors, along with master's programs in accounting, business administration, management, education, higher education, interactive media and physician assistant studies; and doctoral programs in physical therapy and law. Elon's four-year graduation rate of 81 percent ranks in the top 7 percent of more than 1,500 U.S. colleges and universities.

Elon’s national reputation for excellence is based on five key factors:

  • Student-centered: Elon is a close community – students develop strong, mentoring relationships with faculty and staff, with their peers and with alumni.
  • Globally engaged: You'll find Elon students engaged in learning in every corner of the world through the university’s top-ranked study abroad program.
  • Experiential: We learn best through experience, so an Elon education is filled with hands-on learning opportunities in the classroom, in the lab and on the job.
  • Environment for learning: With one of the nation's finest residential campuses, Elon provides facilities and learning resources that breed powerful collaboration and spark bold ideas.
  • Ambitious: Members of our community are restless in all the right ways, unafraid to set high expectations, rising to every challenge and constantly striving to build a better world.

Undergraduate Schools

Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences
Martha and Spencer Love School of Business
School of Communications
School of Education

Graduate Schools

School of Health Sciences
School of Law

Financial Aid

Please note. Over 60% of students receive some type of financial assistance. Please note. Elon University is unable to meet full demonstrated financial need with the exception of students in the Odyssey Program. Visit Elon's Net Price Calculator to estimate your expected first-year investment.

Visiting Elon

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"A Best Value" University

In its annual ranking of the top values in higher education, Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranks Elon #17 in total cost and #40 in overall best value among the nation’s private colleges and universities. 

According to Kiplinger’s Elon and the other top-value schools “combine outstanding academics with affordable cost.” Elon's total cost is $10,000-$20,000 lower than most of the other top-50 private universities ranked by Kiplinger's.

Kiplinger’s quality measures, which are weighted more heavily than cost, include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation.

Elon has a 12-1 student-faculty ratio, a four-year graduation rate of 81 percent, and more than 89 percent of first-year students return for their sophomore year.

Application Information 

First-year Students:
Early Decision: November 1
Early Action: November 10
Regular Deadline: January 10

Required Application Materials

  • Online application
  • $50 application fee or official fee waiver
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official SAT or ACT scores (Elon does not require the SAT subject tests)
  • Completed Secondary School Report Form (SSR)

Scholarship Information

Presidential Scholarships
$6,000 Annually
Presidential Scholarships of $6,000 annually are awarded to approximately the top 25 percent of entering freshmen each year. The award is based on high school course selection, SAT/ACT scores, and class rank and/or grades. No separate application is needed. Scholarships are automatically awarded to students who meet the necessary criteria when the completed admissions application is reviewed. 

Elon Engagement Scholarships
$4,500 Annually
Elon's nationally recognized curriculum of engaged learning will inspire you to think big and stretch your imagination. Every first-year applicant will be a candidate for this $4,500 scholarship, which is renewable annually. In addition, each recipient will be given a one-time $2,000 grant to be used for an approved Elon Experience or project you design. Selection is based on your high school academic record, standardized test scores, and your application essay 

Fellows Programs
Scholarships ranging from $5,500 to $13,500 per year
(Separate application due January 10).  Please note, submission of your first-year application is required before applying to a Fellows program.

Do you want to study harder? Dig deeper? See the world from a new perspective? As an Elon University Fellow, you will. And you'll love the challenge.

Elon offers these six challenging programs:

  • Honors Fellows for students in any major
  • Elon College Fellows for majors in the arts and humanities, social sciences and natural and mathematical sciences
  • Business Fellows for majors in accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, international economics, management and marketing
  • Communications Fellows for majors in journalism, strategic communications, cinema and television arts, communication design, media analytics and Sport Management
  • Teaching Fellows for majors in education
  • Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows for students in any major who want to maximize their leadership potential*

In each of these programs, you will have exceptional learning opportunities such as these:

  • Special courses and faculty mentoring
  • Housing options such as a living-learning community for Fellows
  • Paid research assistantships or internships

Odyssey Program
Scholarships ranging from $7,500 - $22,500 annually
(Separate application due January 10).  Please note, submission of your first-year application is required before applying to the Odyssey Program).  

Odyssey Program takes advantage of intellectually demanding and dynamic courses while furthering their personal and professional development. Throughout the four-year program, you will have many networking opportunities with your fellow scholars and Odyssey alumni. You will also participate in a first-year summer orientation, have annual retreats, attend monthly class meetings, be involved in one-on-one academic and career planning meetings, and maintain an academic and leadership portfolio. In addition to scholarship funding, the program includes a stipend for books and supplies, and a one-time $4,000 Global Study grant to be used for an approved study abroad or Study USA program.