Elon University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Moseley Center at Elon University
Moseley Center at Elon University.

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Elon University is a private liberal arts university with an acceptance rate of 72%. Located between Greensboro and Raleigh in North Carolina, Elon is known for focus on experiential learning. Elon's most popular majors are Arts and Sciences, Business, and Communications. Academics on the campus are supported by a healthy 12-to-1 student/faculty ratio. Students can join a number of clubs and organizations, including fraternities/sororities, club sports, and performing arts groups. Elon fields 17 Division I athletic teams as a member of the NCAA Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

Considering applying to Elon University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Elon University had an acceptance rate of 72%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 72 students were admitted, making Elon's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 10,729
Percent Admitted 72%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 22%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Elon University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 68% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 580 670
Math 570 660
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Elon's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Elon scored between 580 and 670, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 570 and 660, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% score above 660. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1330 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Elon.

Requirements

Elon does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Elon participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Elon University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 47% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 32
Math 24 28
Composite 25 30

This admissions data tells us that most of Elon's admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Elon received a composite ACT score between 25 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

Elon University does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Elon superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of Elon University's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.4 and 4.4, and an average high school GPA of 3.98. 25% had a GPA above 4.4, and 25% had a GPA below 3.4. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Elon University have primarily A and B+ grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Elon University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Elon University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Elon University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Elon University, which accepts nearly three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, Elon also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and a glowing letter of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores and GPAs are outside of Elon's average range.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of admitted applicants had high school averages of "B+" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1100 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 23 or better. Slightly higher grades and test scores significantly improve your chances of receiving an acceptance letter.

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