Elon University is a top-ranked private university with 6,483 students from around the world. U.S. News & World Report ranks Elon the #1 master's-level university in the South, and among the top schools in the nation in seven academic categories. Elon includes a college of arts and sciences and schools of business, communications, education, health sciences and law. Elon's performing arts, music and cultural programs are open to the public. Elon's Phoenix athletics is a member of the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletics Association and competes in 17 men's and women's intercollegiate sports.