Elon, NC
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4 College Student

Academics: Challenging but manageable. Opportunity is everywhere.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Academics are great and challenging for the average student if they are motivated and push themselves. Communications and business schools are really popular. The study abroad options are exceptional.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Journalism is one of the biggest programs at Elon and the faculty definitely try to help you out however they can. They help provide internship information and help outside of class. The workload isn't bad, but there is a lot and you are held to high standards.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes here are great. The teachers are very passionate and the attention on the students is great.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The com school is one of the best in the nation. I have so much that I couldn't get elsewhere

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 25th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 31st
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 34th
    Best Course Variety
  • 34th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 58th
    Most Caring Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Flood
Ridgefield, CT
Business Administration (Minor: Leadership)
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Within the beautiful brick walls that make up Elon University, there is a fascinating world of information and knowledge. To prospective students, Elon looks exactly like what it is—a university trying to create a name and reputation for itself, claiming awards like “most up and coming.” From a student’s standpoint, that image gets a little lost in the hectic schedule of going to classes, studying, having a job, getting involved in all areas on campus, and mostly trying to enjoy the college experience. However, the students know that they are a part of something that will eventually be bigger than what we are now. The alumni connection is vastly improving, and the true quality of an Elon education is more apparent. When students graduate, their degrees will tell employers that we’ve been through some of the toughest challenges students face in today’s world and that they're trained and ready to take on more.

That being said, the academics at Elon are very rigorous. Each year, the admissions standards get increasingly harder, and each class is more in-depth and challenging. Despite that, Elon is still a very small school. Classes are small enough that students can ask lots of questions, professors get to know names and faces, and there’s never such a huge crowd that you have to fight to see your professor during office hours. If you want to succeed, Elon is the place to go. The school provides students with tremendous opportunity; it’s really up to the student whether to make him or herself a leader or follower. The opportunity to be a leader is here at Elon.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 51%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 49%
  • 50 or More Students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Elon College, The College of Arts and Sciences
  • Martha and Spencer Love School of Business
  • School of Communications
  • School of Education
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Law: 4%
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General: 3%
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Academic pavilion buildings (select hours)
  • Belk Library (24-hour access with Phoenix card)
  • Dorm room (wireless Internet campus-wide)
  • Fireside lounge in Moseley Center
  • Koury Business Center
Tips to Succeed
  • E-mail or visit your professors during office hours the first week or two of classes. First impressions are vital, and if you take the time to get to know your professor, they will give you more opportunities to succeed. You may even find a perfect adviser or mentor in the process.
  • Free yourself from distractions. The library is a good place to get away from instant messenger and loud suite/hall-mates!
  • Get organized! Use notebooks, write things down, and have a daily planner.
  • Go to all of your classes--professors will notice when you're not in class and often deduct points from your participation grade if it happens often.
  • If you need help with study skills, find a study partner, talk to your advisor, or visit your professor during office hours.
  • Participate in all your classes. You want to stand out to your professors. Ask questions--don't be ashamed if you don't know something!
  • Read all the materials you're assigned and take notes.
  • Read the syllabus carefully. Some professors spend a whole class day going over it, while others expect students to read the material outside of class and know the policies and procedures. Professors will include attendance policies, grading scales, and daily schedules of discussions and homework, so you're expected to know what's going on at all times!
  • Sleep! (Not in class.)
  • Take study breaks. Your brain needs a rest. Take a walk around Lake Mary Nell, take an aerobics class, or hit the gym.
  • Use the Writing Center and tutoring services available to all students.
Did You Know?
Elon has been rated the No. 1 School to Watch and one of the nation's top 50 "best value" private universities.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 42 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 43 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants



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