Elon University of Elon, North Carolina, is a private liberal arts university, renowned as a national model for its engaged and experiential learning. A selective, mid-sized university, Elon sits on an historic 636-acre campus in central North Carolina which includes the 56-acre Elon University Forest, a land preserve and natural area used for scientific research. Loy Farm, center for environmental research and sustainability, is also located on Elon’s campus and features a solar farm. Elon has been named #1 among Southern master’s-level universities and was also named #1 in rankings for undergraduate teaching and innovation. A premier student-centered learning environment, Elon provides a close community where students are able to develop strong, mentoring relationships with faculty and staff, peers and alumni.
Elon’s curriculum is built upon a traditional liberal arts and sciences foundation which is complemented by nationally accredited graduate and professional programs. Elon offers more than 60 undergraduate majors, six graduate programs, and an array of interdisciplinary programs through its six schools: Elon College, College of Arts and Sciences, Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Law, and the School of Health Sciences.
A variety of enriching intellectual and research opportunities are available to students through the university’s many programs and Elon’s numerous academic centers advance the work of faculty and students in a range of disciplines. Through these academic programs, Elon’s students are able to gain opportunities that challenge them in a number of areas including international study, undergraduate research, scholarly publication and collegiate competitions. More than 70% of students participate in at least one international study experience and often combine these trips with internships, research or service. In addition, Elon’s Study USA program offers students the opportunity to study in a number locations including Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Alaska, and more.
There are currently 6,791 students enrolled at Elon, including 6,045 undergraduates, with students coming from all fifty states and more than 48 foreign countries – just over 25% of Elon’s students are from North Carolina. Elon’s campus is known as one of the nation’s most beautiful collegiate environments and the school grounds feature seven residential neighborhoods. Several on-campus dining options are available for students to choose from and transportation is made simple by the campus bus system.
Elon boasts over 200 student-led clubs and organizations which allow students to meet and interact with classmates who share similar interests, passions, or beliefs. Student groups include government clubs, sports teams, intramurals, religious and spiritual life groups, academic and special interest organizations, and fraternity and sorority life. Elon is an NCAA Division I-A school and a member of the Colonia Athletics Association. Elon’s school colors are maroon and gold and the school sponsors nearly 20 intercollegiate teams.