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Elon University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Elon University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Elon University Ranked?

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2021 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 51 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

Elon landed the #99 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Elon is also ranked #5 out of 56 schools in North Carolina.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Elon?

Acceptance Rate

Elon University has an acceptance rate of 67%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Elon.

Average Test Scores

About 60% 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 670. Math scores were between 560 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Elon University  ( 580 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for Elon University  ( 560 to 660 )
Elon received ACT scores from 58% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for Elon University  ( 25 to 29 )

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Elon University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Elon is an impressive 12 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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 76%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  76 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Elon University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 89% 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  89 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Elon for first-time, full-time students is 79%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  79 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Elon

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,277 undergraduates at Elon with 6,079 being full-time and 198 being part-time.

Elon Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 86.19 out of 100, Elon is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  86.19 out of 100
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How Much Does Elon University Cost?

The overall average net price of Elon is $35,160. 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 +
$23,200 $24,161 $26,594 $32,754 $41,380

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Elon, approximately 34% of students took out student loans averaging $8,566 a year. That adds up to $34,264 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Elon is 0.9%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Elon make around $51,900 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Elon graduates since it is 30% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Elon University make the most money.

Location of Elon University

Elon University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Elon, North Carolina. Elon is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Location of Elon University

Contact details for Elon are given below.

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

Elon University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 62 majors graduated from Elon University. Of these students, 1,666 received undergraduate degrees and 275 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 199 $59,400
Public Relations & Advertising 155 NA
Marketing 131 $46,000
General Psychology 90 $18,700
Business Administration & Management 81 NA
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 76 NA
Other Public Administration 74 NA
Accounting 69 $58,600
Health & Physical Education 50 $31,100
Teacher Education Grade Specific 43 $38,200

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

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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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