About Elon 

Elon has built a national reputation as a premier student-centered arts and sciences university that values strong relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon’s more than 7,000 students prepare to become the resilient, ambitious and ethical leaders the world needs, putting their knowledge into action on campus, in the community and around the globe. Elon is ranked as a top-100 National University in the annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” guide. Elon is #84 among the nation’s most prestigious comprehensive universities, with a #2 ranking for excellence in undergraduate teaching and #11 most innovative national university. Elon is the only university recognized for excellence in all eight academic programs that “Focus on Student Success,” ranking #1 in study abroad and learning communities and #2 in first-year experiences and service learning.

"A Best Value" University

In its annual ranking of the top values in higher education, Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranks Elon #30 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 79 percent, and 91 percent of first-year students return for their sophomore year.

Application Information 

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

Required Application Materials

  • Online application
  • $60 application fee or official fee waiver
  • Official high school transcript
  • Completed School Report Form

Scholarship Information

Presidential Scholarships
$6,000 Annually
Presidential Scholarships of $6,000 annually are awarded to approximately the top 15 percent of entering first-year students. The awards are based on your high school record. No separate application is needed. Scholarships are automatically awarded to students who meet the criteria when the completed admissions application is reviewed. Presidential Scholarships are renewable each year pending acceptable academic performance.

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 and very important—your application essay.

Fellows and Scholars programs
$5,500 – $13,500 Annually
The Elon Fellows and Scholars programs offer academically talented students exciting advantages like special courses, guaranteed internships, paid research assistantships, faculty mentoring, grants for study abroad and scholarships. To learn more about each program, please visit the Fellows and Scholars programs website. A separate application is required and due by January 15.

Odyssey Program

Students with strong academic and leadership potential who also demonstrate high financial need are eligible to scholarships in the Odyssey Program, which provides financial, academic, social and mentoring/advising to ensure participants have the opportunity to fully engage in Elon's many experiences. In addition to a separate application, due by January 15, applicants are required to submit two financial aid forms: FAFSA and CSS Profile. Candidates for the Odyssey Program should not apply Early Decision.

Accelerated Pathways in PA and PT

Elon offers an accelerated pathway to the university’s highly selective Physician Assistant Studies (PA) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) graduate programs. Designed for undergraduate students in a wide variety of majors, the Accelerated Pathway offers a 3.5 year undergraduate curriculum with the opportunity for admission to Elon’s Physician Assistant Studies or Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the final semester of the senior year. A separate application is required by January 15.

Accelerated Business Dual-Degree Program (3+1)

Elon offers two 3+1 programs so students can earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in just four years. Earn a B.S. in Accounting + M.S. in Accounting or a B.S.B.A. in Business Administration + M.S. in Business Analytics in four years. A separate application is required by January 15.