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Undergrad Profile

Elon University students enjoy the benefits of a liberal arts and sciences research university while living and working in a close-knit community with classmates from around the world. 

Elon University students enjoy the benefits of a liberal arts and sciences research university while living and working in a close-knit community with classmates from around the world. Learning comes to life for Elon’s 5,800 undergraduates as they work with distinguished scholars to explore their chosen fields andchallenge their perceptions. Since its1889 founding, Elon has become a nationally recognized institution, with students from 49 states, the District of Columbia, multiple U.S. territories, and 47 other countries. The University is located in North Carolina’s beautiful Piedmont region and is adjacent to Burlington, a city of 50,000. Students live in seven distinct residential neighborhoods designed for various stages of their college career. The goal is to create a seamless academic, cocurricular, and residential experience that engages students throughout their time at Elon and beyond. Elon’s 620-acre campus is a designated botanical garden and has been named one of the most beautiful in the nation.

Innovative education
An Elon education is grounded in both rigorous academic studies and experiential learning. The National Survey of Student Engagement consistently names Elon one of the top schools in the country for involving students in learning. Whether they are conducting research, pursuing international internships, or organizing a charity fundraiser, Elon students learn by doing. The University’s student-faculty ratio (12:1) allows students to form close working relationships with professors who serve as partners in learning. 

Elon offers more than 60 majors in four undergraduate schools—Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; and the School of Education. Each school holds the highest accreditation in the field, including a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa hosted by Elon College. Elon’s undergraduate program is rooted in the arts and sciences and gives students a broad view of human civilization and societies, art, science, literature, and math.

The Elon Experiences
Study abroad: Grab your passport! Elon is #1 among master’s-level universities in the United States for the number of students who study abroad. Seventy-two percent of Elon students spend at least one term abroad. Whether you conduct biology research in Peru, analyze fine arts in Italy, or study West African history in Ghana, you’ll be part of an unforgettable learning experience.

Undergraduate research: No need to wait for graduate school. Elon undergraduates conduct original research, compose thesis projects, and present their findings at local, national, and international conferences. Elon is one of 17 master’s-level colleges and universities listed by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a top-producing institution of students who receive Fulbright grants.

Internships: The best way to find a career you love is to take it for a test drive. Eighty-six percent of Elon students gain valuable work experience interning at corporations and organizations, including Google, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Interpol, the Department of Defense, and the Lincoln Financial Group.

Leadership: Get involved! Elon has more than 200 student organizations and programs, including a Student Government Association, religious life groups, and 23 nationally recognized fraternities and sororities. Almost 50% of students hold at least one leadership position before graduating. Students may also participate in the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program, which identifies leadership styles and promotes leadership skills, or pursue a minor in leadership.

Service learning: Organize Elon’s annual fundraiser for Duke Children’s Hospital, campaign for clean water with the Sierra Club, or live and learn with like-minded students in the Service Learning Community. Eighty-six percent of students participate in service experiences. U.S.News & World Report ranked Elon’s service learning programs among the best in the nation in its 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” guide.

The perfect schedule
The academic experience at Elon goesfar beyond the classroom. Students participate in innovative programs, and the academic calendar is designed to maximize learning opportunities.Elon’s 4-1-4 semester calendar includesa one-month January term ideal for study abroad. Students who remain on campus sample distinctive courses such as Designing Sustainable Buildings, The Biology of Monsters, and Real World Financial Literacy.

Learn on the next level
Students who want to push their limits and explore new challenges are invited to apply for Elon’s six prestigious Fellows Programs: Honors, Elon College, Communications, Business, Leadership, and Teaching. Fellows are eligible for additional scholarships, special courses, and Global Study grants and also complete a capstone project. Fellows Programs require a separate application, available online at elon.edu/apply.

Accessible faculty
Whether you have decided on a program of study or you want to explore your academic options, Elon faculty will help chart your path to success. Elon professors are published authors and scholars, but what they find most rewarding is sharing their love of learning with their students. Elon is ranked #1 among 126 master’s-level universities in the South in U.S.News & World Report’s 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” guide.

Go Phoenix!
Elon’s 17 athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association. Fans cheer for the Phoenix in first-rate facilities, including Rhodes Stadium, Belk Track, and White Field. For more on Division I athletics, visit elonphoenix.com.

Campus visit
The best way to experience Elon is to see it yourself! Go to elon.edu/visitelon to schedule a visit. For application information, visit elon.edu/apply.




ELON UNIVERSITY Academic Offerings

Academic Majors
• Accounting
• Acting (B.F.A.*)
• Anthropology
• Applied Mathematics
• Art (B.A./B.F.A.*) (Ceramics, Digital Art, Painting, Photography)
• Art History
• Arts Administration
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Business (Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, International Economics, Management, Marketing, Dual Degree)
• Chemistry
• Communications (Cinema and Television Arts, Communication Design, Media Analytics, Strategic Communications)
• Computer Science
• Dance Performance and Choreography (B.F.A.*)
• Dance Science
• Economics
• Education (Early Childhood Education, Elementary, Middle Grades, Secondary, Special Education)
• Engineering—Dual Degree (Biophysics/Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Computer Science/Engineering, Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Physics, Environmental Studies/Environmental Engineering)
• English (Creative Writing, English Teacher Licensure, Literature, Professional Writing and Rhetoric)
• Environmental and Ecological Science
• Environmental Studies
• Exercise Science
• French
• History
• Human Service Studies
• Independent Major
• Information Science
• International Studies
• Journalism
• Mathematics
• Music Education*
• Music in Liberal Arts
• Music Performance*
• Music Production and Recording Arts
• Music Theatre (B.F.A.*)
• Philosophy
• Physical Education and Health
• Physics
• Policy Studies
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Religious Studies
• Science Education
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Sport and Event Management
• Statistics
• Theatre Studies
• Theatrical Design and Production*

* Audition, interview, or portfolio required

Additional Minors
• African/African American Studies
• American Studies
• Asian Studies
• Astronomy
• Business Administration
• Classical Studies
• Coaching
• Criminal Justice
• Digital Art
• Environmental and Sustainability Studies
• Geographic Information Systems
• Geography
• German Studies
• Italian Studies
• Jazz Studies
• Jewish Studies
• Latin American Studies
• Leadership Studies
• Middle East Studies
• Multimedia Authoring
• Neuroscience
• Peace and Conflict Studies
• Poverty and Social Justice
• Professional Sales
• Professional Writing
• Public Health Sciences
• Teaching and Learning
• Wellness and Health Education
• Women’s/Gender Studies

Pre-professional Programs
• Pre-health Professions
• Pre-law

Graduate Programs
• Business (M.B.A.)
• Education (M.Ed.)
• Interactive Media (M.A.)
• Law (J.D.)
• Management (M.S.)
• Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
• Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.)