College Impressions Series: Elon University

In a word - Elon is impressive.

Overall Impressions


Elon, NC is a small, college town with a cute downtown area, located about 30 minutes from Greensboro, NC. Elon is a private, liberal arts university and it offers Division 1 athletics programs. They are test-optional and all students are automatically considered for merit scholarships.It is a medium sized campus with about 6,500 undergraduate students, most of whom live on campus. The facilities are state of the art and the campus is pristine, giving formal, fancy, impressive vibes. The average class size is 20 and all classes are capped at 33 students. The campus is progressive in nature, but definitely lacks diversity amongst their student body, which they say they are actively working to improve. Check out their website to learn more.


Here are some specs and fun facts:

  • 80% of students study abroad

  • 87% participate in internships, 66% of which turn into full time jobs upon graduation

  • The campus lacks diversity and is mostly white, which they say they are actively working to improve

  • It offers great resources for LGBTQIA students, as well as students of color

  • They host a drag show every year, along with many other on-campus events

  • Courses are offered in a 4-1-4 format, allowing for one-month study abroad options

  • 13:1 student to faculty ratio

  • 1:1 faculty mentorship

  • 100% of classes are taught by faculty

  • Big on service learning, research, and leadership, as well as study abroad and internships

  • 284 student organizations available

  • The average GPA of admitted students is between 3.4-4.4

Who is Elon for?

  • Strong, well-rounded students who thrive in a relatively traditional learning environment

  • Students who prefer smaller class sizes, but enjoy a medium sized campus

  • Those who benefit from experiential learning

Check out a slideshow from my visit to campus!

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