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Elon University is an independent private university located in Elon, a town in central North Carolina. It was founded in 1889 by the Christian Church (now the United Church of Christ). 

Read more about Elon University in articles from the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

Public or Private: Private
Average High School GPA: 4.00
Average SAT Score (Out of 2400): 1700-1990
ACT Score: 25-29
6-Year Graduation Rate: 82%
Acceptance Rate: 58%
Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Undergraduate Enrollment: 5225
Women's College: No
Religious Affiliation: United Church of Christ
Location: Suburban
Academic Quality
General Education Rating: B
Shakespeare: No
Academic Transparency: Somewhat Transparent
Financial Matters
In State Tuition: $30,149.00
Out of State Tuition: $30,149.00
Average Starting Salary of Graduates: $40,600.00
Average Student Debt of Graduates: $27,417.00
Good Economic Value?: Poor
Percentage of Funding Provided by Taxpayers: 2.00%
Percentage of Alumni who Give: 17.00%
FIRE's Free Speech Rating: Red
Alternative Newspaper: Yes
Student Political Involvement: Somewhat Political
Faculty Political Balance: Unbalanced: Democratic
Board of Trustees Political Balance: Balanced
Pope Center for Higher Education Policy Articles

These articles are primarily about Elon University:

Legal Education in North Carolina: A Report for Potential Students, Lawmakers, and the Public (February 25, 2008)

Elon College: A hidden jewel (November 9, 2000)

These articles mention Elon University:

The End of Summer Reading?: Disenchantment with freshman reading sets in across North Carolina. (June 30, 2013)

UNC-Chapel Hill Redeems Itself: The summer reading assignment at UNC-Chapel Hill and Lenoir-Rhyne University represents a bold break from victimhood. (June 6, 2012)

Out of School and Into the Red: Debt-to-salary ratios reveal which North Carolina schools give students a good payback. (September 2, 2011)

A Literary "Groundhog Day": The titles may change somewhat from year to year, but college summer readings stay the same: uninspired, unchallenging, and predictably left-leaning. (June 26,2011)

The Talk on Campus: A semester's worth of public lectures at North Carolina universities reveals the focus of academia. (May 27, 2011)

Subdued Beginnings: The times are somber and the commencement speakers are serious. (May 15, 2011)

The Winners Are...Democrats!: The Pope Center's College Finder project reveals that the faculty at North Carolina colleges are mostly Democrats. (April 8, 2011)

The Endowment Trap: Why should a school create a fund that it never intends to spend? Schools aren’t trust companies; they are educational institutions. (March 29, 2011)

How Does Your University Measure Up?: The Pope Center and ACTA examine the state of general education at colleges and universities in North Carolina. (February 24, 2011)

The Truth about Campus Crime: In spite of the headlines, campuses are generally safe; watch out for the neighborhood, though. (December 6, 2010)

In Defense of Pervasive Sectarianism: A recent ruling by the North Carolina Court of Appeals places a needless burden on the state’s religiously based private colleges. (August 30, 2010)

North Carolina Bucks the Trend: While commencement speakers across the nation talked politics, North Carolina’s choices were more restrained. (May 27, 2010)

Do North Carolina Students Have Freedom of Speech? (February 17, 2010)

It's Summer Time and the Reading is Easy: Freshman “common readings” look like a waste of time when compared to the classics some high schoolers are expected to study. (June 8, 2009)

Democrats at the Podium: In today’s college environment, commencement speakers’ politics should come as no surprise. (May 4, 2009)

Jumping on the Climate Change Bandwagon: Higher education leaders across N.C. sign a  pledge. (October 17, 2007)

To Be or Not To Be: Shakespeare inthe English Department (September 27, 2007)

Summer Reading Selections: A list of summer reading offerings at campuses across the state (July 20, 2007)