BOLDLY ELON: Our strategic plan for 2030

Elon has built a reputation as a university like no other, a school that transformed from a small North Carolina college to become a prestigious national university. The next decade, filled with fundamental change for our world, is an exciting opportunity to advance Elon’s model of student- and learning-centered higher education.

Developed with thoughtful input from thousands of members of the Elon community, BOLDLY ELON will sharply define Elon’s position as a top-100 national university. We will focus on what matters most in a college education:

Theme 1


We will make bold innovations in relationship-driven learning and mentoring; launch a distinctive school of engineering, add nursing programs and advance students’ data competency.

Theme 2


We will build a healthier and more diverse, equitable and inclusive community, where all students faculty and staff experience belonging and well-being.

Theme 3


We will develop lifelong alumni personal and professional learning and networks; will partner with our local communities to enhance education, health and economic development; and will win athletics conference championships and lead our conference in academic performance.

Theme 4


We will position the university globally, expanding our admissions footprint, raising resources to support increased access and financial aid, and sharply defining international reputation and value.

BOLDLY planning for 2030 and beyond

Thousands of members of the Elon community participated in an 18-month planning process to envision our university’s future. Together, we now pursue a greater destiny that is BOLDLY ELON – embracing our university’s unique history and potential.

This is who we are, people who respond to challenge and adversity with resilience, hard work, innovation and an intense focus on what matters most – students. As the pioneer and champion of engaged and experiential learning and the national leader in mentoring and student success, Elon University will set ever-higher standards of excellence in the decade ahead.

We are honored to pursue this mission and we invite the involvement and commitment of all who share this central belief: that the world needs Elon graduates.

Connie Ledoux Book
President, Elon University