Elon University

Elon, NC

Elon University

Elon, NC

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Leaders in compassionate patient care

Elon University has built a national reputation as the premier student-centered environment for experiential learning, putting an emphasis on strong personal relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon students are ambitious, curious, and compassionate—inspired to be big thinkers and creative problem solvers.

Elon’s rigorous curriculum is grounded in the arts and sciences and complemented by nationally accredited professional programs. The University’s 446 full-time faculty members teach in more than 60 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs. Elon’s 6,277 undergraduate and 811 graduate students come from 47 countries and 48 states (about 24% from North Carolina, with strong enrollment numbers from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and other states across the country). Plus, the four-year graduation rate of 79% ranks in the top 6% in the nation.

Elon’s School of Health Sciences offers degrees in Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies. These programs prepare students to be committed to local and global health equity, demonstrating the ability to think broadly, critically, and creatively to optimize patient-centered care.

Elon ranks among the top 100 national universities by U.S. News & World Report, with a #2 ranking for excellence in undergraduate teaching and #11 for innovation. The University is also the only one in the nation recognized by U.S. News & World Report for excellence in all eight academic programs for “Focus on Student Success”—included are #1 rankings for study abroad and learning communities as well as #2 rankings for first-year experiences and service learning.

Global engagement is central to the Elon experience, with 78% of students having at least one international study experience, often combined with internships, research, or service. Elon’s Study USA program includes opportunities to study in Los Angeles, New York City, DC, Hawai’i, Alaska, and other locations.


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Ranked the #1 university for study abroad | The Institute of International Education.

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

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Ranked the #1 “Best-Run College in the Nation, the #1 “Most Beautiful Campus,” and the #2 "Study Abroad Program" | The Princeton Review, 2020 

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

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Ranked among the "Top 100 National Universities," #2 for "Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and #11 for "Innovation" | U.S. News & World Report

New Health Programs

• Bachelor of Science in Nursing*
• Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing*

Elon also offers undergraduate students a distinctive accelerated pathway opportunity to the University’s highly selective Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (PA) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (PT) programs. Students complete undergraduate courses in three and a half years with the opportunity for admission and enrollment into the PA and PT programs in the final semester of their fourth year. To learn more, visit elon.edu/accelerated-pathways.

* Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the North Carolina Board of Nursing

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Elon’s Physician Assistant program pushes you out of your comfort zone. When it came time for clinical practice, the learning curve was less daunting.”

    • Mark Benning ’19
  • “Elon offered Physical Therapy students the opportunity to study abroad and give back to the local community through pro bono services.”

    • Kailey Trieger ’19
  • “Elon is a place where I could grow, learn, and apply my passion for innovation while fulfilling my social purpose. Every experience I had at Elon shaped the person I am today.”

    • Ethan Kaufmann ’20