Elon University Mission Statement


Elon University embraces its founders’ vision of an academic community that transforms mind, body, and spirit and encourages freedom of thought and liberty of conscience.

To fulfill this vision, Elon University acts upon these commitments:

  1. We nurture a rich intellectual community characterized by active student engagement with a faculty dedicated to excellent teaching and scholarly accomplishment.
  2. We provide a dynamic and challenging undergraduate curriculum grounded in the traditional liberal arts and sciences and complemented by distinctive professional and graduate programs.
  3. We integrate learning across the disciplines and put knowledge into practice, thus preparing students to be global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good.
  4. We foster respect for human differences, passion for a life of learning, personal integrity, and an ethic of work and service.

Unanimously approved by the Elon faculty February 4, 2000

Unanimously approved by the Elon Board of Trustees March 14, 2000

Unanimously amended by the Elon faculty December 3, 2010

Unanimously amended by the Elon Board of Trustees January 5, 2011

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