Elon University

Elon, NC

Elon University, founded in 1889, is a selective, independent university. Its historic 656-acre campus is designated as a botanical garden and is located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, east of Greensboro and northwest of Raleigh/Durham.

School Profiles: Undergrad Science & Engineering

Science & Engineering Profile

Elon University has built a national reputation as the premier student-centered environment for engaged, experiential learning with an emphasis on strong personal relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. 


By the numbers

The nation’s leading study abroad program

student-faculty ratio

students in average class size


undergraduate students

Academic Majors
• Accounting
• Acting (BFA*)
• Anthropology
• Applied Mathematics
• Art (BA/BFA*)
- Ceramics
- Digital Art
- Painting
- Photography

• Art History
• Arts Administration
• Astronomy
• Astrophysics
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Business
- Dual Degree
- Economic Consulting

- Entrepreneurship
- Finance
- International Business
- Management
- Marketing

• Chemistry
• Communications
- Cinema and Television Arts
- Communication Design
- Media Analytics
- Strategic Communications

• Computer Science
• Dance Performance and Choreography (BFA*)
• Dance Science
• Drama and Theatre Studies
• Economics
• Education
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Middle Grades Education
- Science Education
- Secondary Education Programs
- Special Education
• Engineering (four-year degree and dual degree)
• English
- Creative Writing
- English Teacher Licensure
- Literature
- Professional Writing and Rhetoric

• Environmental and Ecological Science
• Environmental and Sustainability Studies
• Exercise Science
• French
• History
• Human Service Studies
• Independent Major
• International and Global Studies
• Journalism
• Mathematics
• Music Education*
• Music in Liberal Arts
• Music Performance*
• Music Production and Recording Arts
• Music Theatre (BFA*)
• Philosophy
• Physical Education and Health
• Physics
• Policy Studies
• Political Science
• Professional Writing and Rhetoric
• Psychology
• Public Health Studies
• Religious Studies
• Science Education
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Sport Management
• Statistics
• Theatrical Design and Technology*

* Audition, interview, or portfolio required

Additional Minors
• Adventure-Based Learning
• African and African-American Studies
• American Studies
• Asian Studies
• Business Administration
• Classical Studies
• Coaching
• Communications
• Creative Writing
• Criminal Justice
• Dance
• Data Science
• Digital Art
• Environmental Education
• Geographic Information Systems
• Geography
• German Studies
• Interreligious Studies
• Italian Studies
• Jazz Studies
• Jewish Studies
• Latin American Studies
• Leadership Studies
• Literature
• Middle East Studies
• Multimedia Authoring
• Music
• Music Technology
• Neuroscience
• Peace and Conflict Studies
• Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
• Photography
• Piano Pedagogy
• Poverty and Social Justice
• Professional Sales
• Professional Writing Studies
• Supply Chain Management
• Teaching and Learning
• Theatre Arts
• Wellness and Health Education
• Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies

Pre-professional Programs
• Health Professions
• Legal Professions
• Military Science/ROTC
• Nonprofit Leadership
• Peace Corps Prep

Graduate Programs
• Accounting (MS)
• Business (MBA)
• Education (MEd)
• Higher Education (MA)
• Interactive Media (MA)
• Law (JD)
• Management (MS)
• Physical Therapy (DPT)
• Physician Assistant Studies (MS)

Elon students are ambitious, creative, and determined problem solvers who are passionate about making the world a better place. 

Elon is a midsize private university with 6,196 undergraduate and 795 graduate students from 47 states and 53 other countries. The four-year graduation rate of 79% ranks in the top 8% of US private universities. Elon is one of only seven private universities in the country 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 is ranked #1 in study abroad by the Institute of International Education. Seventy-eight percent of graduates have at least one international study experience, 89% complete internships, 49% hold leadership positions, and 23% of students work with faculty mentors on undergraduate research projects.

Elon’s four-year Engineering program offers a blend of rigorous engineering courses with a strong foundation in the arts and sciences. This distinctive approach produces graduates who are in high demand in the profession.

Students live in eight residential neighborhoods designed for various stages of their college career. More than 280 student organizations provide opportunities to get involved on campus. Student Professional Development Center counselors work with students to create personal development plans, and a robust Elon Network of employers, alumni, and parents provide connections to internships and career opportunities.

Elon leads the nation in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings of academic programs that “focus on student success.” The Princeton Review ranks Elon among the nation’s 381 “Best Colleges” and the #1 “Best-Run College.” Poets & Quants ranks Elon’s undergraduate Business program among the top 50 in the nation, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Elon a “best value” private university.

Elon’s historic 656-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 Athletic Association. 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.

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.