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Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranks Elon a national leader in student engagement and #1 in North Carolina

Elon ranks #33 among 1,054 four-year colleges in connecting students and faculty members, challenging academics, promoting critical thinking and applying knowledge in real world situations.

Elon ranks among the nation’s top universities in student engagement, according to the 2018 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. Elon’s #33 ranking in student engagement among 1,054 four-year colleges is the highest for North Carolina schools and leads Elon’s list of peer institutions.

This is the second year that the Wall Street Journal and London-based Times Higher Education have collaborated on U.S. college rankings that are described as an answer “to questions that matter the most to students and their families: How likely am I to graduate, pay off my loans and get a good job? Does the college have plenty of resources to teach me properly? Will I be engaged and stretched in the classroom and get good access to my teachers? Is there a diverse campus community?”

The study is based on 15 performance indicators related to academic resources, graduation rate, student-faculty ratio, academic reputation, faculty publishing, alumni salaries and other factors.

Elon earns an overall national ranking of #145, with strongest scores in factors related to student engagement in their studies. Elon students responding to a survey gave high marks to the ways that their studies promote critical thinking and applying their knowledge in real-world situations. They also rate Elon high for challenging academics and close collaboration with their professors and peers.

Elon University’s student engagement ranking compared with other North Carolina institutions:

33 Elon University
52 Duke University
91 North Carolina State University
222 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
340 Wake Forest University
491 Davidson College

Elon University’s student engagement ranking compared with peer institutions:

33 Elon University
33 Butler University
52 Ithaca College
72 University of Richmond
119 Lehigh University
163 Bucknell University
163 Creighton University
277 James Madison University
306 Villanova University
306 Furman University
306 College of Charleston
340 Santa Clara University
340 Wake Forest University
373 Rollins College
491 Davidson College
533 College of William & Mary
533 Loyola University Maryland

Elon’s overall national ranking compared with other North Carolina institutions:

5 Duke University
33 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
52 Wake Forest University
54 Davidson College
137 North Carolina State University
145 Elon University

346 Queens University
377 Campbell University
437 East Carolina University
476 Salem College
484 High Point University
500 Meredith College

501+ 
Guilford College
Methodist University
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Wingate University
Winston-Salem State University

601+
Appalachian State University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Central University
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Dan Anderson,
Staff
11/9/2017 9:05 AM