Mission Statements

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

Professional Schools’ Mission Statements

Martha and Spencer Love School of Business Mission Statement



To be a leader in transformative business education


To provide exceptional learning experiences that facilitate the transformation of students into knowledgeable, responsible business professionals and leaders who make a difference in their professions, their organizations, and the global economy.


As a collaborative, inclusive community of students, faculty, and staff, we value:

  • Engaged learning
  • Scholarship
  • Responsible behavior
  • Diversity
  • Courageous leadership
  • Global awareness
  • Innovative partnerships

School of Communications Mission Statement


Communication is central to our lives and to our world. The mission of the School of Communications is to prepare students to be exemplary communicators in an increasingly diverse, interactive and global age.

To fulfill this mission, the school provides dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs where students learn to appreciate the roles, responsibilities, and social impact of media around the world. We value freedom of expression and the importance of serving the public good.

We are committed to helping students become better writers, speakers, creators, and thinkers. We want them to learn and innovatively harness the technologies that are transforming the way we communicate. We promote the primacy of accuracy, integrity, professional standards, and ethical principles.

The school prepares students for careers and lives of purpose through excellent classes, outstanding student media, professional internships, entrepreneurial experiences, and other forms of engaged learning.

School of Education Mission Statement


The School of Education at Elon University is committed to the well-being of self and others in mind, body, and spirit. Our mission is to prepare educators who embody the best of what Elon stands for. They approach life and work with optimism, integrity, knowledge, passion, skill, and respect for the diversity of humanity. They are proactive leaders, proficient instructors, advocates for social justice, and ethical decision makers.

School of Health Sciences Mission Statement



The mission of the School of Health Sciences is to provide distinctive and exceptional educational experiences for all students who enroll in Elon University’s health professions programs. An Elon education transforms the student into an outstanding professional who is ready to serve others with a respect for human differences, a passion for life-long learning, personal and professional integrity, and an ethic of work and service.

Core Values

As a collaborative, inclusive community of students, faculty, and staff, we value:

  • Diversity of people and ideas
  • Being responsive to needs of society
  • Caring for patients’ physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs
  • High ethical and professional principles
  • Intellectual growth and development
  • Engaged learning
  • Educational innovation
  • Scholarship activities
  • Application of evidence-based practice
  • Global perspectives
  • Leadership in the professions
  • Community service
  • Life-long learning


To prepare graduates who are recognized by health care organizations as well equipped to assume their role in the fast-paced and changing world of health care.  To be recognized as an educational leader in health care professions education.

School of Law Mission Statement


To establish a law school that will:

  • complement and strengthen the University’s existing programs, particularly those that relate to the arts and sciences, experiential education, technology and its application, international studies and programs, business, leadership, and public service
  • be a national leader in examining and addressing opportunities and problems in the legal profession and legal education through research, public service, and innovation
  • provide a distinctive program of legal education that will develop exceptionally-educated, well-motivated, technologically savvy, internationally aware, and effective lawyer-leaders for whom there will be a continuing need
  • help meet the national and regional demand for legal education in times of great demand, and compete successfully for excellent, well-motivated law students in times of diminished demand
  • be positioned qualitatively within the University as a synergistic center of excellence that helps generate resources of talent, energy, commitment, information, credibility, and capital that will assist Elon in implementing stable, continuous improvements to each and every one of the University’s integral components

Graduate Program Mission Statement


Through its graduate programs, Elon University gives students the opportunity to acquire a high level of competence in their fields of interest and to gain significant experience in the application of advanced knowledge and skills. Graduate programs offered at Elon foster a stimulating intellectual community based upon close interaction with faculty, academic engagement with peers, in and out of the classroom, and a university environment fully committed to supporting inquiry and research. Graduates from Elon’s advanced degree programs are prepared to assume positions as active professionals committed to continued learning and to the advancement of their professions.

Elon University offers graduate programs that are:

  • Connected to the University’s undergraduate programs, building on existing strengths and contributing to the enhancement of the quality of the undergraduate experience
  • Committed to the broad perspective of arts and sciences
  • Distinctive, excellent in overall quality, and responsive to the needs of society
  • Committed to the intellectual growth and development of each student
  • Supportive of both faculty and student scholarly activity and its dissemination to the appropriate community of scholars and practitioners

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