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Elon, North Carolina

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Your chances of getting into Elon University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Elon University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Elon is 77.7%.  Its admission rate is the 30th lowest in North Carolina.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Elon and can you get accepted?

Elon University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 13,859 out of the 17,834 who applied were admitted.

The school has difficult admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 28 percent on standardized admission tests. Elon University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.65. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 11% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Elon?

78% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Elon University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.65 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1230 on the SAT
  • Score 27 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Elon GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Elon University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Elon are to have around a 3.65 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.65 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Elon accepts 78% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Elon is 3.65 on the 4.0 scale. 54% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #9 in North Carolina for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Elon is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Elon University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 54.06% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 11.39% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 12.59% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 10.45% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 6.73% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 4.72% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.06% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.65 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Elon SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required or recommended by Elon University.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Elon University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 580
Math 25th Percentile 560
Composite 25th Percentile 1140
SAT Scores for Elon University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 660
Math 75th Percentile 660
Composite 75th Percentile 1320
Average SAT Score 1230

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Elon University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Elon is 1230 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1140-1320. Students who get into Elon University score in the top 34 percent of all SAT test takers..  Elon ranks #7 in the state of North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1230 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Elon regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1140 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1140, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1050, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Elon University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "neither required nor recommended".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1230 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1230, you have around a 78% chance of being admitted. A 1320 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 87% chance of getting in.

Elon University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1320 and Above Good >87%
1230 to 1320 Avg + 78%-87%
1140 to 1230 Avg - 65%-78%
1050 to 1140 Reach 50%-65%
Less than 1050 Low <50%
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Elon ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Elon University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 24
Math 25th Percentile 24
Composite 25th Percentile 25
ACT Scores for Elon University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 33
Math 75th Percentile 28
Composite 75th Percentile 30
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Elon?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Elon is 27, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 25 and 30.  The school ranks #4 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 27. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 25 and score in the score in the top 22 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 22.

47 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Elon University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Elon University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "neither required nor recommended".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Elon for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 27 score has around 78% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 88% with a 30 ACT score.

Elon University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >88%
27 to 30 Avg + 78%-88%
25 to 27 Avg - 68%-78%
23 to 25 Reach 56%-68%
Less than 23 Low <56%
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High School Class Rank

54% of Elon University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 22% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Elon University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 22%
Top 25% of class 54%
Top 50% of class 85%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Elon University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,400 6,434 17,834
Accepted 8,984 4,875 13,859
Acceptance Rate 79% 76% 78%
Enrolled 948 643 1,591
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 11% 13% 11%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 10, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 100 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jan 10, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Elon University is $60.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Elon University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Elon University Application Requirements
Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Elon University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Elon University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.65 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1230 and ACT of 27 will almost guarantee your admission.

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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.


Does Elon University prefer SAT or ACT?

68% of students submit their SAT scores to Elon. 47% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Elon University?

78% of those who apply are granted admission to Elon. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Elon University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1140 and 1320. The average SAT score is 1230. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Elon University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 25 and 30. The average ACT score is 27. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.