Elon University is a private, residential liberal arts institution known for excellent business, communications, and arts and sciences. For students educated outside of the United States, the SAT or ACT is/are optional. Elon is situated on a beautiful and safe 656-acre campus in North Carolina with outstanding weather year-round.

The university’s 6,045 undergraduate and 746 graduate students come from 49 states and 58 countries. Elon offers 60+ undergraduate majors as well as 9 graduate programs. With an average class size of 20, the classroom is an interactive environment in which to learn. Elon is also a top university in the United States for study abroad where 79% of the students have had an international study experience. Tuition, room and board cost is $47,549 per year and international students are eligible for partial merit-based scholarships.

Basic details

  • Region: South
  • Location: Elon, North Carolina
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Average ACT score: 27-29
  • Average SAT score: 1250-1400 (without writing included)
  • Test optional?: Yes
  • Common Application accepted?: No
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance; American Studies; Anthropology; Art History; Arts; Biology; Business; Chemistry; Communications; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Dance; Economics; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; English; Engineering; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; History; Humanities; Information Sciences/Systems; International Relations; Journalism; Languages; Law; Literature; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Music; Philosophy; Physics; Physiology; Political Science; Psychology; Public Health; Public Policy; Public Relations/Affairs; Social Work; Sociology; Theology/Religion; Drama/Theatre Arts
  • Full list of majors available: https://www.elon.edu/e/academics/majors-minors-and-programs.html


  • International students are eligible for: Merit/talent-based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $49,450


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's Baseball; Women's Softball; Women's Football / Soccer; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Men's Golf; Women's Golf; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Women's Volleyball; Women's Lacrosse

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