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Undergrad Profile

Elon University is the nation’s premier student-centered learning environment, preparing graduates to be the ethical leaders the world needs. 

Elon students are ambitious, curious, and compassionate, inspired to be big thinkers and creative problem solvers.

The University’s 6,000 undergraduates enjoy the benefits of a liberal arts and sciences research university while living and working in a strong community with classmates from around the world. The four-year graduation rate of 78% ranks in the top 10% of US private universities. Elon is one of only seven private universities in the US with accredited schools of business, communications, education, law, and health sciences, plus a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society.

Elon sends more undergraduate students to study abroad than any other master’s-level university in the nation. Seventy-four percent of graduates have at least one international study experience, often combined with internships, research, or service. In addition, Elon’s StudyUSA program includes opportunities to study in Los Angeles; New York City; Washington, DC; Hawaii; Alaska; and other locations.

Elon is among the nation’s top universities for producing Fulbright Student Scholars, Peace Corps volunteers, and Teach for America educators. The University earns top rankings for community service by the federal government’s Corporation for National and Community Service. In addition, 92% of students complete internships, 47% of students hold at least one campus leadership position, and 24% of students work with faculty mentors on undergraduate research projects.

The University’s engaging intellectual climate is distinguished by supportive and collaborative relationships that promote personal growth. 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 is committed to educating students for life in an increasingly interconnected world. Research shows that students do their deepest and most significant critical thinking when they’re in a diverse learning environment. That’s why the University cultivates a campus climate that includes and engages everyone in order to achieve the highest level of academic excellence.

More than 200 student organizations provide a rich array of opportunities to get involved. Student Professional Development Center counselors work with students to create personal development plans, résumés, and strong networking skills. The robust Elon Network of employers, alumni, and parents provides connections to internships and career opportunities.

In the 2017 “America’s Best Colleges” guide, U.S. News & World Report recognizes Elon more often than any other university in the nation for eight academic programs that are focused on student success. U.S. News also ranks Elon #1 among Southern master’s-level universities, with #1 rankings for undergraduate teaching and innovation. The Princeton Review ranks Elon among the nation’s 381 “best colleges” and #1 for study abroad. Bloomberg Businessweek ranks Elon among the nation’s top undergraduate business, marketing, and MBA programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine names Elon one of the nation’s “best value” private universities.

Elon’s historic 636-acre campus in central North Carolina is designated as a botanical garden and includes the 56-acre Elon University Forest, a land preserve and natural area for scientific research, and Loy Farm, a center for environmental research and sustainability that includes a solar farm.
Elon is a member of the Colonial Athletics Association, and the Phoenix compete in 17 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports in NCAA Division I (FCS football). In addition, Elon offers 18 intramural and 21 club sports.

Elon is an academic community that provides the right balance of challenge and encouragement, helping students discover the ambition to seek something great and the courage to achieve it. Elon is a university with a powerful trajectory—ever on the rise and always striving to achieve higher levels of excellence.

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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.)