Elon University

Elon University is a private mid-sized university with just under 6,000 undergraduates located in the northeast section of downtown Elon in the beautiful Piedmont region of North Carolina. The nearest major airport is Piedmont Triad International, located in Greensboro, just 30 minutes from campus. Raleigh/Durham International Airport is also convenient, about a 50-minute drive from Elon.

Visitor Information: Tour Elon

Stay: Approximately 10 minutes away, stay at the Courtyard Marriott or the Best Western. Further away in Greensboro, check in to the more luxurious Proximity Hotel or the Grandover, a resort style hotel.

Coffee: Right on campus, join the students at Irazu in the Mosley Student Center or at Acorn Coffee Shop serving Starbucks coffee and pastries in a cozy atmosphere. The Oak House is another popular local coffee spot where later in the day you can also enjoy artisan wine and beer. In historic Burlington head to The Blend and Co.

Breakfast: Skid’s is a teacher and student go to spot for a quick and reliable breakfast. In Greensboro, head to Scrambled Southern Diner serving chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and good coffee. West End Terrace is very popular for brunch and known for their excellent breakfast cocktails. 

Lunch: Follow the students to Pandora’s Pizza and Chick-Fil-A. If you’re in the mood for something spicy, try Simply Thai serving sushi and thai dishes. Another option for a quick, healthy meal is the cafe at Company Shops Market, a gourmet grocery store stocked with local produce. Make a plate from their hot or cold salad bar or choose from the selections of made to order sandwiches. 



Casual: The Root Trackside is one of the most popular dinner spots in Elon. Students rave that everything on the menu is worth trying.  Tangent Eat Bar specializes in tapas. (The Root and Tangent are also good choices for lunch.) Head to West End Terrace for a fun gastropub experience, highlights of the menu include tacos and craft beers. BBQ lovers don't mind the drive to Greensboro for a chance to eat at legendary Stamey’s BBQ.


A Step Up: Print Works Bistro is considered one of Greensboro’s best restaurants, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with an emphasis on creative comfort food. Students love to book a table at Prego’s Trattoria in Burlington when their parents come to visit.

Late Night Snack: After dinner, head to Smitty’s for homemade ice cream. They have many flavors to choose from as well as seasonal specials.

Local Attractions: In Greensboro, visit the International Civil Rights Center and Museum to learn about the history of the Civil Rights movement. A favorite hiking trail of students is The Hanging Rock Trail in Hanging Rock State Park in nearby Danbury. Explore the quaint little town of Gibsonville, just 10 minutes from Elon; featuring a model train in the town center, a popular chocolate shop, ice cream parlor, in addition to other restaurants and shops.


Elon is a close knit university community in a rural area with access to bigger towns and cities if you want to explore. It allows me to pursue both academic and personal interests within the university and the surrounding communities. Elon is moving towards having a larger student body in the next 5 years! From the current 6,600 students to around 8,000. This is expanding housing and opportunities for university growth while keeping an intimate school size and good faculty to student ratio.
— Sarah
Courses are challenging! They force me to push myself. Every professor I have had has been willing to help. The classes are small so often times you really get to know your teachers very well.
— Alexa
Most students make the 10-15 minute drive to Burlington (skipping downtown Elon) for their shopping, grocery and pharmacy runs, and to go to the movies. The hub of Burlington is Alamance Crossing with an array of shops, restaurants and a theater. The downtown area is cool, but very small. You have to drive 20 minutes to Greensboro for anything more exciting. That doesn’t bother me at all but if you need more of an urban setting this is not the place for you.
— Amir
Greek life is huge!
— Jed






School Colors

Maroon & Gold

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Action and Early Decision









Admissions Office

2700 Campus Box 100 Campus Drive
Elon, NC 27244-2010

(p) (336) 278-3566
(f) (336) 278-7699

Greg Zaiser, Vice President of Admissions and Financial Planning

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Grant Gustin
Lisa Goldstein


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