Elon University

Elon University

Elon University, established in 1889, is a private liberal arts university situated in Elon, North Carolina. It was founded by the Christian Church and was originally known as Elon College. It achieved university status on June 1, 2001. Elon University offers enrollment to over 5,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students every year. The sprawling campus of this university is spread out over 575 acres of land. Elon University comprises of the:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Elon College
  • Martha and Spencer Love School of Business
  • School of Communications
  • School of Education
  • School of Law

Students at Elon University can choose from over 40 majors and minors in various fields of study. The university has been ranked among the top southern masters-level universities in the country by the U.S. News & World Report.

Elon University's sports teams, nicknamed the Phoenix, participate in sports like basketball, baseball, football, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track, softball and volleyball. There are also over 20 social Greek organizations at Elon University.

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Elon University
100 Campus Drive
Elon , NC 27244-2010
General Phone: (336) 278-2000

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Elon University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management298business management, accounting
Liberal Arts207French language, Spanish language, English, general studies, anthropology, economics, international relations, political science, sociology, ...
Media202communication studies, journalism
Therapy and Counseling107psychology, physical therapy
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy92parks and recreation management, health and physical education, health and fitness, athletic trainer
Education and Teaching80special ed, gifted and talended education, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, science teaching, social science teaching
Science56biology, chemistry, physics
Family and Social Work51human services, public administration
Drama and Performing Arts35dance, drama, theatre design
Computer Science and Engineering19computer science, computer engineering
Art Studies18art studies
Religion and Philosophy12philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management10environmental studies
Music8music, music performance
Mathematics6mathematics, applied mathematics
Engineering2engineering physics, various engineering courses
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech
Engineering Technician0environmental engineering tech

Number of programs and degrees for Elon University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,10448
Master's degree664
Doctor's degree - professional practice331

Elon University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Elon University had a total enrollment of 5,456 students (6,349 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 89%
Graduate 11%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 82%
Black 6%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 43%
20-21 40%
22-24 8%
25-29 3%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina23%
New Jersey6%
New York4%
(International Students)3%
South Carolina1%
West Virginia1%
New Hampshire1%
Rhode Island1%

Elon University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 90 %

Elon University Room and Board (2007)

Elon University offers campus housing for 2,964 of its 6,349 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Elon College, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Elon University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal560650
SAT Math570660
SAT Writing570660
ACT Composite2428

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT100%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT41%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Elon University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 24,076
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 24,076
Room and board $ 7,770
Room charge $ 3,766
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,004
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 2,600

Financial Aid:
Elon University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 292700)

Elon University Faculty

Elon University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4856
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3945

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*1*
Associate professorcalendar year3$111,7892*
Assistant professorcalendar year3$81,2504$89,825
Lecturercalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year8$122,3027$96,285

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year47$103,81514$89,275
Associate professoracademic year61$68,36052$71,423
Assistant professoracademic year51$59,53359$54,766
Instructoracademic year2*2*
Lectureracademic year10$56,58520$49,553
All faculty totalacademic year171$74,553147$63,077

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Elon University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southern Conference
Basketball Southern Conference
Baseball Southern Conference
Track Southern Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3965104

Elon University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering Physics
Engineering, Other

Engineering Technician
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Public Administration

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets Elon University Apart:

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Number of degree programs
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Top 9%Elon University Number of degree programs
% of degrees in drama and performing arts
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Top 9%Elon University % of degrees in drama and performing arts
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 10%Elon University Dorm rooms per full-time student
Student SAT scores
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Elon University Student SAT scores
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
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Top 12%Elon University Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Elon University % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
Number of students
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Top 14%Elon University Number of students
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 15%Elon University Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Elon University % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Salaries of full-time faculty
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Top 19%Elon University Salaries of full-time faculty
% students on athletic fin. aid
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Top 20%Elon University % students on athletic fin. aid

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checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
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