Elon University

Elon, NC

Elon University

Elon, NC

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

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. 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. In addition, Elon’s Study USA program includes opportunities in Los Angeles; New York City; San Francisco; Washington, DC; and other locations. 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. 

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, résumés, and strong networking skills. The 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.

Health Sciences
Established in April 2011, Elon’s School of Health Sciences serves graduate students in the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program and the physician assistant (PA) studies master’s program, which enrolled its first class in January 2013. The School of Health Sciences is housed in the Gerald L. Francis Center on Haggard Avenue, which features classrooms, simulation/exam rooms and observation rooms, and a variety of clinical laboratories.

The School of Health Sciences is the university’s sixth major academic unit, joining Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education and Elon University School of Law.



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For 15 straight years, Elon has earned a #1 ranking for study abroad by the Institute of International Education.

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Kiplinger’s Personal Finance names Elon one of the nation’s top 30 “Best Value” private universities and #5 among private schools in the Southeast and Mid-South.

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The Princeton Review ranks Elon #1 “best-run” college in the nation, with #1 “most beautiful campus” and #2 ranked study abroad program in 2020 college guide.

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Elon is the only university in the nation recognized by U.S. News & World Report for excellence in all eight academic programs “Focused on Student Success.”

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U.S. News & World Report ranks Elon among the top-100 National, with a #2 ranking for excellence in undergraduate teaching and #11 for innovation.


History of Health Sciences at Elon
• First degree program, the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)
• Charter MPT class graduated in 2000
• Transition to Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) education; charter DPT class graduated 2005
• Approximately 30 percent of MPT graduates returned to obtain the transitional DPT degree
• Currently, planning for modest class size increase with many program enhancements planned for students
• Moved to refurbished Francis Center with 31,000 square feet of dedicated space for DPTE in January 2012
• Second degree program, the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) began in January 2013
• Eight full-time faculty
• DPAS earned accreditation-provisional in September 2012
• Seated a charter class of 36 physician assistant students in January 2013
• DPAS is located in the refurbished Francis Center with approximately 17,000 dedicated square feet of space.

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