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Elon University Data & Information Overview

238 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
72% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Elon University Ranked?

#87 Best Colleges in Nation
#4 Best Colleges in NC
Communication Management and Strategic Communications Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Elon University was awarded 238 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication management and strategic communications.

Overall Quality

Elon is ranked #87 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 93 colleges in North Carolina, Elon is ranked at #4.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Elon?

72% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
66% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Elon University is 72%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Elon is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 66% of students accepted to Elon submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 660. Math scores were between 560 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Elon University  ( 580 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Elon University  ( 560 to 660 )
Elon received ACT scores from 45% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Elon University  ( 25 to 30 )

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Elon University Faculty

13 to 1 Student to Faculty
78% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Elon University is about average at 13 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Elon University is 78%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  78 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Elon University

90% Freshmen Retention
78% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 90% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Elon University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  90 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Elon the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 78%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  78 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Elon University.

Elon University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,073 Full-Time Undergraduates
17.4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
60.2% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,291 undergraduates at Elon with 6,073 being full-time and 218 being part-time.

How Much Does Elon University Cost?

$38,122 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
$40,240 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Elon is $38,122. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Elon

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$27,491 $20,762 $29,909 $33,928 $44,112

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Elon, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Elon, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $10,060 a year. That adds up to $40,240 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Elon is 1.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Elon Graduates Make?

$64,238 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Elon make about $64,238 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Elon graduates since it is 51% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Elon University make the most money.

Location of Elon University

North Carolina State
6,073 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Located in Elon, North Carolina, Elon University is a private not-for-profit institution. The suburban atmosphere of Elon makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Contact details for Elon are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 100 Campus Drive, Elon, NC 27244-2010
Phone: 336-278-2000

Elon University Majors

63 Majors With Completions
1,637 Undergraduate Degrees
320 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 63 majors graduated from Elon University. Of these students, 1,637 received undergraduate degrees and 320 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Finance & Financial Management 159 $58,564
Public Relations & Advertising 159 NA
Marketing 136 $50,091
General Psychology 93 $44,439
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 86 NA
Political Science & Government 84 $39,293
Health & Physical Education 75 NA
Accounting 59 $58,320
Public Health 57 $27,212
Teacher Education Grade Specific 51 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Elon University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Learn more about online learning at Elon University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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