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Elon University

Elon, North Carolina

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Elon University overview
Location Elon, North Carolina
Online elon.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small Suburban
Elon University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Elon University is a private liberal arts institution located in Elon, North Carolina, situated in a suburban area and approximately a 35-minute drive east from the major city of Greensboro. Established in 1889, the university is recognized for its distinctive Georgian-style brick architecture throughout a 656-acre campus. Elon's academic offerings are distributed among six schools, with a noted emphasis on programs in Communications, Business, Education, and a commitment to experiential learning. Application to Elon University is moderately selective, catering to a diverse undergraduate student body. The university provides on-campus living options, with a variety of residential halls and communities to support its primarily residential undergraduate population. While Elon has a number of athletic teams competing in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association, it is particularly known for its men's soccer and baseball teams.

In the most recent statistical year 17,551 prospective students applied, and 13,069 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,692 enrolled in the school.  6,891 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 232 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $41,734 plus fees of $507. Elon is ranked 116 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Elon is rated within the top 23% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

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Admission Standards

Elon University overview
SAT 1170/1360
ACT 25/30
Estimated GPA 3.65

Applications Accepted

Elon University overview
Applications Due Jan 10, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Elon University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$900
Other Fees$507
Room and Board $13,886
Budget for Other Expenses$2,600
Total One Year Cost$59,627

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$56,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

82% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Elon University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 22%
Communication 19%
Social Sciences 15%
Visual and Performing Arts 7%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=198516 IPEDS survey data for Elon University.

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