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Chances of getting into Elon University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
72%
Admission Difficulty for Elon University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into Elon and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Elon is 72%.  It ranks #29 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Elon is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 10,975 out of 15,306 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 28 percent (SAT 1140/1320 ACT 25/30). Elon University typically accepts and attracts "A/A+" average high school students with an average weighted GPA around 4.04. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 14% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Elon application fee is $60 and applications are due by Jun 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Elon University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Elon SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1140-1320
Applicants Submitting SAT 
68%
SAT Scores for Elon University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 560
SAT Composite 25th 1140
SAT Scores for Elon University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 660
SAT Composite 75th 1320
Average SAT Score 1230

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Elon University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 34 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1140 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1050. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1230 out of 1600. Elon ranks #6 in North Carolina and #200 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 68 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Elon University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1320 and Above Good >83%
1230 to 1320 Avg + 72%-83%
1140 to 1230 Avg - 58%-72%
1050 to 1140 Reach 42%-58%
Less than 1050 Low <42%
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Elon ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
25-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
47%
ACT Scores for Elon University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 24
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for Elon University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Elon regularly accepts students with ACT's of 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in North Carolina and #195 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 47 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Elon University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Elon University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >85%
27 to 30 Avg + 72%-85%
25 to 27 Avg - 61%-72%
23 to 25 Reach 48%-61%
Less than 23 Low <48%
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Elon GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. Weighted High School GPA 
4.04
Typical High School Grades 
A/A+

What GPA do you need to get into Elon University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Elon. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Elon University was 4.04 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A/A+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in North Carolina for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Elon accepts 72% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Elon University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 53.62% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 11.53% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 10.84% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 10.15% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 7.37% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 6.24% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.25% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

52% of Elon University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Elon University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 25%
Top 25% of class 52%
Top 50% of class 83%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Elon University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,676 5,630 15,306
Accepted 6,884 4,091 10,975
Acceptance Rate 71% 73% 72%
Enrolled 939 648 1,587
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 14% 16% 14%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jun 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
125

Applicants have 125 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jun 1, 2023.

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 Required
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

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

FAQs

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?

72% of those who apply are granted admission to Elon. Admission competition is low and the college has very high 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. 68% of students submit SAT scores when applying. 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. 47% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.