Elon University

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#T-139, overall score 43.58/100

Fun Fact:

The waffle maker in Harden Dining Hall imprints the word “Elon” on fresh waffles.

Why should Jewish students attend Elon? While Elon is located in the small southern city of Burlington, NC, the majority of students who attend our small liberal arts school are actually from the Northeast. Over 10% of the university’s population self-identifies as Jewish. And our Jewish population keeps growing! Every year there are more Jewish students entering the university as freshman than the previous year, which means our Hillel keeps getting bigger. Our Hillel is truly a second home for any student who wishes to be involved with Jewish Life on campus, offering weekly events like Shabbat dinners, bagel brunches, Israeli cooking classes, and so on. Our student board works side by side with our incredible staff to put together large programs including a Passover Seder, which not only serves the students of Elon, but our faculty and the local Jewish community. In addition to our thriving Hillel, Elon also has an incredible Jewish Studies department, and sends students to study abroad in Israel. The Jewish community at Elon, while growing, is still a close knit group of students and staff who take pride in their culture, and work together to bring a varied and diverse Judaism to our campus. – Sydney Solomon, Class of 2019

Differently than other schools where anti-Semitism/anti-Israel sentiment is vocal and visible on campus, Elon is a very peaceful campus, with hardly any incidents of anti-Semitism or intolerance at all. The Jewish community is growing each year, as are the outlets for Jewish experiences, making it a great fit for Jewish students! - Rabbi Mendy Minkowitz, Chabad Elon and Burlington


  • Location: Elon, N.C.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Rural
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,008
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 625
  • Jewish population share: 10%
  • Student origin: 18% in-state / 82% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: Elon News Network
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Phoenix
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Big Fat Bomb / Wild Rumpus

COST & AID Score: 2.5/15

  • Score: 2.5/15
  • Tuition: $34,273
  • Room & board costs: $11,869
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $14,553
  • Average loan debt: $30,458

ACADEMICS Score: 6.67/20

  • Score: 6.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 67%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Median SAT range: 1140-1330
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 12.33/20

  • Score: 12.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 17
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: IDEA
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 10.67/11

  • Score: 10.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 2.23/1,000 students (medium low)
  • City crime rate: 8.28/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 11.42/34

  • Score: 11.42/34
  • Hillel: Elon Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad Elon Jewish Student Center
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi, ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 0
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alum: Martin Ritt
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country, but mostly the Northeast and California.
  • Kosher food details: There is no formal kosher meal plan offered through the university meal plan. Chabad offers kosher food both during the week and Shabbat to any student who desires it, albeit not through a meal plan system.

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