Location: Elon, NC
Percent Women: 59%
Tuition (one year): $30,149
Most Popular Majors: Business, Communication and Media Studies, Psychology, Political Science and Government, Biology
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 51.7%
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Why Choose Elon University?
"Not only does Elon have a very inviting campus (voted #1 most beautiful campus multiple times), it also has infinite opportunities for its students. Elon has allowed me to grow as a student and individual through Greek Life, extracurricular activities, club sports and more."
"Elon is truly the perfect size. I love how I always see a familiar face on my walk to class, but quickly realize each day that I have hundreds of fellow students I have yet to meet. I love the community feel that Elon offers."
"When I visited Elon, I met everyone and realized how comfortable I was here; I felt at home. The Elon University staff is always so accomodating and welcoming. Whether its free pizza at the Alumni gym or 'College Coffee' in the morning, Elon does a great job of catering to the student body in small and big ways."
"I fell in love with the beautiful campus and I felt that the people I saw on campus were extremely similar to me and I felt I could identify with the community. Throughout my time at Elon I have also realized that it is a happy harmony of many different types of people from many different backgrounds. This makes for a unique campus experience that never gets old. It also allows everyone to find their niche and feel comfortable while studying away from home."
"Elon’s campus is absolutely breathtaking and the size of the school is perfect, not too big, not too small. Elon's campus is a botanical garden, meaning it is always picturesque with flowers. Don't forget about the many fountains that add to the picture."
"Elon offers an incredible study abroad program. You can literally go anywhere, whether it is London for a semester or Barbados for winter term. Most Elon students take advantage of the best college study abroad program in the country, which is Elon. Other options are Elon in NYC, Elon in LA, study USA and a variety of service trips."
"Elon is a deal. In comparison to other private universities, Elon’s tuition is much more affordable and the dining and living experience is much better quality than many of the other universities I toured. As a sophomore I am living in a four person, four bedroom apartment and could not be happier with my living situation or my dining options."
"Due to Elon's small size, it is not uncommon for students to develop great mentorship relationships with professors. Professors that live close to campus will often host students at their house for a meal as a way to allow students to get off campus. Personally, I was impressed with the science department when I visited because of the opportunities to do research and develop close relationships with professors."
"Elon’s study abroad program has been rated the #1 college study abroad program on multiple occasions. I went to Florence, Italy with the Elon program and I couldn’t have asked for a better three months. My transition abroad was very seamless due to Elon’s highly organized program and I loved being abroad with other Elon students. Our Elon program instructor still hosts antipasto dinners at his home to bring us all together to reminisce about our abroad experience. After talking to friends from other schools about my abroad experience, I have come to the conclusion that the Elon abroad program is an experience unlike anything else."
"Every December Elon holds the annual Luminaries ceremony. The main campus is lined with lanterns and holiday lights while hot chocolate is handed out and Christmas carols are performed. Each year it brings the school together and spreads the holiday cheer. Leo Lambert (Elon’s president) is always bundled up and in attendance! President Lambert also hosts a holiday party at his house where students can come and take a photo with him to be sent home to their parents. I love how spirited Elon is around the holidays."
"Greek Life is one of my favorite parts of Elon. Girls recruitment week takes place at the end of January after Winter Term. Elon currently has 9 sororities, all of which have houses in the Greek courts. I would definitely tell any girl to go through rush; it’s a great way to meet other girls and potentially join an organization!"
"Elon housing is one its best features. From outdoor pools to beautiful apartments, Elon's housing communities are newly updated and constantly being rebuilt. Students are always very happy about their living situations and the convenience of on-campus living."
"Homecoming is a huge event in the fall. Campus organizations will host their own tailgates before the game and everyone is sure to not miss the homecoming nominees take the field at half-time. Many alumni, whether they are recent graduates or older and with families, venture back to Elon for homecoming weekend. It is truly a time that brings everyone together again."
"One of Elon’s best traditions is College Coffee. Every Tuesday morning there is a period where no one has class and Elon provides students, faculty and staff with free coffee, bagels and breakfast. It is a nice break after an early morning class and a great time to network and socialize with professors and fellow students."
"I love how insanely beautiful the campus is. I feel like I am in a dream when I walk around campus on a 70 degree day. Even in the rain, Elon is a 10/10. In addition to its aesthetics, Elon's campus is accessible. A walk to class never exceeds 15 minutes, and the 'Bio Bus' is a bus service that takes students around campus from stop to stop."
"Elon is a community. So much so that you often see students leave their wallets unattended on a dining hall table or a laptops on a library cubby spot. It is a comforting luxury that you cannot find in many corners of this world. Students can be trusted because we all pledge to follow the Elon University Honor Code: Honesty, Integrity, Responsibility, Respect."
"Elon lacks a big college downtown. It has a short strip of shops including Pandora’s Pies, Smitty’s Ice Cream, All that Jas, Mynt, Subway, Acorn and the Root. For freshmen without cars it doesn’t leave you with many off-campus dining options that are within walking-distance. However, there are many restaurants that are a close drive to campus, as well as just about every department store, food chain and more in Elon/Burlington."
"Sometimes the 40-60 guy/girl ratio is very apparent when in smaller settings. In class, I usually am surrounded by 20 girls and three or four boys. A more even ratio would be nice, but it definitely isn’t a dealbreaker."
"Elon is undergoing a good amount of construction which will be nice once complete but can often be annoying with the detours on campus. Due to the construction, Elon seems to be constantly blocking off parking lots. It’s usually not a problem because Elon’s weather is ideal for walking to class but it can get tricky when you are trying to park near academic buildings late at night."
"Elon only has one bar which sometimes isn’t enough when you want to break from the traditional party scene. It would be great if they could add another."
"In the future, I hope that Elon continues to expand their Division 1 athletics. Unfortunately, greek life overpowers sports in the Elon social scene. It would be fun if game attendance increased and the school could come together as a whole to support the success of our Phoenix."
"Elon is a growing university. Recently, it has added residential and food options to encompass its growing student body. However, sometimes it feels like Elon has forgotten to add more classes to the registrar to accommodate the larger number of students registering. In order to keep the class sizes under the 30 student gap and allow students to make class schedules that advance their majors and minors, Elon should consider offering more class times."
New Collegiette on Campus
"Elon’s dorms are very nice and accessible. Colonnade center offers some of the nicest dorms and suites for freshmen; the rooms look like a hotel suites. I lived in Carolina as a freshman and loved its central location and hall-style. Danieley is more removed from campus but offers spacious 8 person suites with a full kitchen and common room for freshmen. Elon is also in the process of building new dorms for first year students."
"Orientation is very fun at Elon. You are matched up with an Orientation Leader (OL) who tells you everything there is to know about Elon life. There is also a freshman class called Elon101 that helps freshmen transition into using Elon academic sites, signing up for classes and other important things. I met some of my best friends in my Orientation group!"
"My advice would to be as social as possible as an incoming freshman, make friends within your classes and take advantage of what Elon has to offer you. Stay active! Join clubs, greek life, sports teams, etc. Be sure to do whatever interests you!"
"Club sports were a great way for me to solidify friendships. Sports were how I made lasting friendships in high school, so it was nice to have that familiarity once I got to college without having to be a varsity athlete. Many of the club sports teams play other universities like Wake Forest and UNC, which is a great way to see high school friends that may attend those other colleges."
"Make sure to get involved in at least one thing your first semester. In the fall, Elon hosts an organization fair. This is the best place to ask questions and learn about the different clubs/organizations on campus and to get on their email lists. Each organization has its own table with info and representatives to help you decide if it is right for you."
"Make a point to create a connection with every professor you have. They will help you through your next four years. After all, no one knows Elon as well as your teachers who have been there for many, many years."
All About Academics
"The Business School is an extremely popular major among students at Elon. Koury Business Center is a landmark on campus and offers high quality equipment and classrooms for its business students. The business school is never empty; it is a central study spot for many students. Its cafe on the second floor often gets a lot of traffic from students looking for a pick-me-up in between classes."
"One of the most popular majors at Elon is Communications. The Elon Comm School is very great at offering many opportunities for students to get involved outside the classroom. ELN and Phoenix14 are two of the school’s TV stations where Broadcast Comm students can work behind the scenes in production or gain experience as an anchor. The Pendulum, The Edge and HC are all publications that writers can get involved with as well."
"I love that Elon has small, intimate class sizes. It makes it so much easier to focus and really get to know professors. Class discussion is very common. Professors like to hear student ideas instead of lecturing the entire class period. Many friendships also come out of class because of the close ties you make through group work and study groups."
"Save your General Studies Requirements if you plan to go abroad. These are the best to take over winter term or during semester long abroad programs. For instance, while abroad in the fall in Florence, Italy, I took Italian, Italian Contemporary Literature, a GST Seminar and Italian History. It was nice to take classes related to Italy while I was there."
"McMichael is the science building on campus. Some lab sciences offered as general requirements for students are: Biology, Geology, Astronomy, Chemistry and more. It also offers a cadaver lab for Pre-Med students."
"Elon focuses on engaged learning so make sure you participate in class. It will make a difference in your final grade. Get into a habit of attending your professor's office hours. Elon professors are very inclined to help their students and want to see you succeed if you put in the extra time and effort. Belk Library is another great resource. Within the library there is a student-run Writing Center where you can bring your papers to be reviewed and revised. There are also many tutoring options and mentor programs for students who need an extra boost to get their work done."
"Belk Library is a three-story facility full of computers, small study rooms and lines of books. They often have free food on weekday nights for students studying late. Another great spot is the Inman Reading Room, that students often refer to as the Harry Potter Room (if you tour here, you'll see why.) It is a quiet space with dark wood furniture and a bit of an old-world feel; definitely a unique study spot."
Learn from the Best
"Class sizes are mostly small at Elon, on average anywhere from 10 to 40 in a class. This small size makes for a great learning environment in which class discussion is often the dominate learning strategy. Professors take the time to learn their students' name and meet with them outside class if needed. Office hours are always very flexible for most professors; they truly want to see you succeed and will help you along the way."
"My Elon 101 professor had us all come to dinner at her house the first semester of college. That is definitely something that doesn’t happen at most schools."
"One of my favorite classes was Costume Construction with Professor Jack Smith. As one of our final projects we drew out of a hat a scene and district from the Hunger Games. I selected Parade Wear and the Capital. We then were given kits to construct a costume from. My kit contained garbage bags, coffee filters, plastic utensils, duct tape, paper plates, markers, shower caps and more. My costume was a creative dress and headdress that I modeled for the class. It was interesting to see what my classmates came up with and a great exercise to test our creativity skills and resourcefulness."
"My favorite professor so far has to be David Copeland. He is also my advisor and has taught me so many skills that I will use for the rest of my life. Elon assigns you an advisor as an incoming freshman but at any time you can select a new advisor. Most students choose one within the field they hope to go into. Advisors are a wealth of information at Elon."
"Professors here are very accessible outside of the classroom. All are required to have a certain number of office hours per week, but in addition to that many are frequently accessible through email or are willing to schedule times to meet outside of class and office hours. Once I had a professor who gave us her cell phone number in case we had any urgent questions we needed to text her the night before an exam."
"The tutoring department in the library is a great resource that Elon offers. I utilize the center at least once or twice a week to reinforce tricky concepts from class or to check graded homework before passing it in. The Writing Center in Belk Library is another great resource for students who need their paper revised and proofread."
"The professors all receive a certain amount of money to spend on lunch dates with the students. If your professor asks you to lunch or coffee definitely take them up on it. It is a great opportunity to pick their brain about their past experience."
Interests & Involvement
"Almost all Elon students are involved in multiple clubs or organizations on campus. Elon has multiple accapella groups, club/intermural sports, service organizations, theatre groups, academic clubs and more. Greek Life is big on campus as well as clubs specializing in particular majors, like PRSSA. The average Elon student is super-involved and eager to get experience in their area of study."
"Elon holds an Organization Fair for students each year during Fall semester. For freshmen this is the perfect time to see the many options of extracurricular activities. Each organization has a table on the quad with information for students and representatives are present to answer any questions. From there, you can find out meeting times and how to get involved."
"Intro-level classes often encourage students to get involved in clubs pertaining to the academic subject. For instance, in my Intro Communications class, my teacher brought us to The Pendulum, our campuses student-run newspaper, to spark interest. We had the ability to talk to the Pendulum's director and hear about all it has to offer in order to see if it was right for us. It was nice that our professor allowed some of class time to be dedicated to introducing us to a fundamental organization on campus."
"Elon has a variety of employment opportunities on campus as well. Tour guide positions are a great way to learn more about your school and show a prospective student around campus. Students can also work for Campus Recreation. Campus Rec offers positions for students very into fitness, like a Group X instructor. This position gives you the opportunity to actually teach your own class to other students at the gym! There are countless jobs on campus that allow students to explore their passions while making money."
"Sweet Signatures is one of Elon's female accapella groups. It is almost like a sorority; the girls are very close and bond over their love for vocals. They often perform at on-campus events and are seen sporting their 'Sweet Sigs' apparel on campus. If you are interested in singing, this is definitely a group for you. They even record albums!"
"The Elon Organization Fair is so promising each year. Countless tables line the main quad in front of Moseley. It is quite the sight and really shows you the vast amount of options for involvement. There truly is an organization/club for everyone at Elon."
"Elon is Division 1. In addition to the D1 sports, club and intermural sports are very popular (rugby, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, hockey, etc.). Elon’s baseball team is very good."
"Our football team isn't super popular but basketball season is huge, it’s great to see the student body supporting athletes. Games are always fun. Elon's dance team is unreal."
"Sometimes it feels as though the athletes tend to mingle with the athletes compared to the rest of the student body. It is nice for athletes to have that close-knit bond with their team."
"Tons of organizations (including Greek life) participate in intermural sports. Your sorority may put together a basketball team for the intermural league; this is a great way to bond with sisters while getting a little competitive on the court."
"At Elon, there seems to be a bit of a lack in school spirit and attendence at certain sporting events. Campus support is gradually increasing though."
"We are trying to improve our school spirit by having more tailgates that get a lot of students involved, especially people who are involved with Greek life."
"Being the majority at Elon, girls do hold a lot of leadership positions at Elon. Elon girls are successful and bright. They make a difference on campus and are often more motivated to get things done then the male population is."
"The nice thing about Elon is that even though it is a southern school, it doesn’t mean everyone is from the South. Elon students are from all over the US, and the world for that matter. We all dress differently and act differently. The uniqueness of Elon’s girl population makes for a place where all feel accepted and happy. Freshmen year I lived in Carolina, one of the all girls dorms. I loved the dynamics of having a bunch of different girls with different interests on my hall. It was never boring!"
"Women definitely run the world on campus. They have a certain type of power here that the boys lack."
"I found my best girlfriends right away at Elon. As a freshman you are given the option to live in Carolina or West, which are all girl dormitories. Living in Carolina is why I was so lucky to make such lasting bonds so early."
"It is very apparent that there are more girls than boys on campus. As a business student, it is empowering to see such a strong female presence in the classroom."
"Elon girls are accomplished, motivated and successful. They excel in academics and extracurricular activities, as well as on the field and in the class room. They contribute in their organizations and often hold leadership positions. Elon does a great job of giving girls opportunities that shape them moving forward."
"A majority of Elon students that study abroad are girls. This shows that Elon girls are anxious to experience different cultures and explore the world. Elon girls are great citizens in the Elon community, as well as in their hometowns."
Food & Drink
"If you’re up late studying, it is super easy to still get a snack. Acorn Sandwich Shop is open till 1 a.m. and has a huge selection of sandwiches, muffins, cookies and smoothies. Belk Library will often have free treats on the first floor during week nights."
"Elon has really turned their food and dining halls around within the last couple years. I have noticed how much healthier the food has gotten which makes me extremely happy. The dining halls are clean and always offer new options. Colonnades dining hall has a deli on the first floor that offers Boars Head meat in its sandwich bar. Its salad bar has toppings like hummus, chick peas, craisins, chicken, eggs, avocado, feta and more. You can also use your meal dollars there to buy frozen meals, chips and salsa, yogurt, cookie dough, etc."
"Last year, Elon completed renovations to Moseley Center, adding Lakeside dining hall. Lakeside has worldly food and a menu that is constantly changing and updating. Two other recent additions to Elon’s on-campus dining have been Qdoba and Biscuitville. Elon's on campus Qdoba sports the authentic Qdoba menu."
"Elon’s dining halls are: McEwen, Lakeside, Colonnades & Danieley Commons. Irazu is their on-campus coffee shop, and Acorn offers coffee and sandwiches as well. Both are great study spots. McEwen offers ‘Late Night McEwen’ on the weekends for students to grab tater tots, burgers and more after going out at night or a late night studying."
"We are so lucky to have healthy options on campus. There are numerous salad bars where students can order fresh veggies around campus. This is my favorite option."
"In addition to Elon's many on-campus meal plan options, there are a few places to dine using your Phoenix Cash that are within walking distance of main campus! The Root, Pandora's Pies, Fat Frogg's, Local Yogurt, West End, Xcell Nutrition and Anna Maria's Pizza are all great options. There are also many food places that will deliver to campus. A favorite is Mike's Deli, that serves Boars Head meat and delivers. It is one of the only restaurants that serves bacon, egg and cheeses."
"I have a very severe nut allergy which often limits my food choices. However, at Elon I have found that the dining hall staff are very knowledgeable about ingredients and the food preparation. They are conscious that the food they prepare me does not come in contact with allergens. I have friends that are gluten free and they feel equally as comfortable and content with the food options."
"Varsity is a sports grill on campus that has the perfect game day food, like grilled cheeses, wings, fries, etc. Varsity has an area with recliners and a big screen where students can relax and watch the latest sports game."
"I am living off campus next year but still plan on getting a small meal plan because I enjoy the dining options so much. Elon's meal plan options offer a range for students. If you want a small meal plan that is an option, or you can go with a big option where your swipes roll over."
"Elon dining halls often get in the spirit for holidays! Colonnades has a Christmas dinner around the holidays and will often theme their desserts based around holidays like Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day. For Christmas they even have Santa make an appearance at dinner! Dining hall decorations always play up the spirit as well."
"It is super easy to get around Elon at night. Elon offers SafeRides which is a free, student run service that helps shuttle students around campus from 10 pm - 3 am. All you have to do is call and leave your name and location and they will give you an estimate of when they will arrive to pick you up."
"The bar life is more popular on Tuesday and Thursdays."
"Most of Elon night life is fraternity parties and mixers. There are so many off campus houses and fraternities that this scene never gets boring. Elon’s one bar, WestEnd, was just renovated and is within walking distance of campus. WestEnd has specials at night, like Karaoke. Fat Frogg’s is a little further off campus but offers a bar and they host bands and Trivia for upperclassmen."
"Luckily, most all of the off-campus party houses are within walking distance of campus. For Winter Term, SafeRides definitely helps so you don’t have to brave the cold when you go out!"
"Elon SUB (Student Union Board) provides many alternative options for students who do not want to indulge in the party scene."
"Parties often don’t start until late into the night; 11 pm- 12 am. This makes for late nights, but allows students to finish homework and sometimes even take naps before their nightlife commences."
"If you like to dress up and get creative with your outfit, Elon is the school for you. You can count on at least one party theme each weekend thrown by one of the many fraternities."
"Elon has by far some of the best housing for college students. As a junior I have been very happy all three years with my housing. Elon is constantly improving their housing and updating its facilities. There truly is no such thing as bad housing at Elon."
"Colonnades offers suite style rooms that look like hotel room suites. Its location is prime - right behind the business school and Colonnades dining hall. Colonnades halls are Co-Ed and offer common rooms and a communal kitchen. They also have single rooms as well."
"The Global Village is now being built for Freshman which offers beautiful new dorms for all freshman. This is located behind Lakeside Dining Hall and right near the Greek village. This nice thing about most of Elon's dorms is that they are clustered in little communities. You always feel safe and are surrounded by other students all the time."
"Freshman year you can either choose to go with a random roommate assignment or select a roommate. For random, they ask you to fill out a quick compatibility survey in which they will ask you questions to best match you."
"Elon housing for upperclassmen is unreal. The Station at Mill Point are brand new apartments off campus that offer its own gym and outdoor swimming pool. The interior of the apartments are well furnished and decorated. The Oaks is where most sophomores and juniors live and is very nice as well and in a very convenient location close to campus. Danieley offers suites for freshman and sophomores but is a little further from campus."
"Elon recently added Station At Mill Point, which is a neighborhood built for juniors and seniors. Mill Point emulates suburban perfection. There is a pool area for residing students, flat screens, and farmers porches. The insides are furnished with granite countertops and hardwood floors. It is an unreal collegiate residential option if you are lucky enough to get a spot."
"Even though Carolina and Smith are two of the oldest, least luxurious freshman living options on campus, they seem to be the most popular because of the great location and social atmosphere."
"The Oaks is where many sophomores and juniors live. It is located across from the Arts building right on the edge of campus. It sports 2 and 4 person apartments with a full kitchen, family room and 2 bathrooms. They are relatively new and spacious. I lived in the Oaks sophomore year and loved the convenience of its location and the idea of having my own apartment. The Oaks has a volleyball court and basketball court in its main quad along with outdoor furniture and tables for nice days."
"Due to laws in North Carolina, only a dozen or less students can live in their sorority/fraternity house. Greek houses at Elon are a fun place to live. All of them offer single, double and triple rooms and a large family room and kitchen. They are all located in the Greek courts near Moseley Center and the Business School. Location is prime for the Greek houses."
"There are so many different types of housing options at Elon for freshman, you might end up in a hall style or you might live in Danieley where 8 people share a kitchen and a common area."
"West is the oldest dorm on campus; it is the only building that survived the campus fire in 1923. West is an all girls dorm that is hall style, just like Carolina. Both are top choices for freshmen because they offer the best way to meet girls. West and Carolina girls will often leave their doors open while in their room and encourage hallmates to swing by and say hi. They are both very social dorms."
"Elon basically takes over the whole town, students are always seen in the off campus restaurants and shops. It’s fun because it makes the campus feel bigger than it is."
"The town of Elon has some great dining options, especially student favorites like The Root and Fat Frogg so it’s easy to feel like you are off campus without actually going very far."
"Burlington has just about every fast food place you could imagine. Panera, Cook Out, Steak n Shake, Biscuitville, McDonald’s, Panda Express, Hooters, Cracker Barrel, Taco Bell, etc. It also has many great restaurant like Red Bowl, Mimi’s Cafe, La Fiesta, Prego’s, Sal’s Restaurant, Grill 584, Mellow Mushroom, etc. Closer to Elon is the Root and Fat Frogg’s. Also, you will never have trouble finding a frozen yogurt place - Yo Zone, Moonberries, Local Yogurt are just a few of the many!"
"Within a short drive is every department store you’d ever need: Target, WalMart, Harris Teeter, OfficeMax, TJMaxx, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillard’s, HobbyLobby, etc."
"There are two drive-thru Starbucks located very close to campus for late night study benders and finals cramming."
"My favorite place to get Chinese food would have to be Red Bowl, its a hot spot for a lot of Elon students. They have great sushi dishes available for take out. Another favorite sushi spot is Harusaki."
"The Town of Elon is very small and therefore the University population makes up most of the presence. Many explore Burlington which is right on the outskirts of campus. Burlington is the fast-food capital of America. It has the most fast-food per capita than any other location. There are also many other non-chain dining options such as Prego's and The Village Grill."
"I love the Burlington Co-op! This hidden gem is located in downtown Burlington. It offers a grocery section with local and organic options, as well as a hot bar, salad bar and sandwich counter. It's like a mini Whole Foods Market!"
"The outskirts of Elon has everything you need. In between the cities of Greensboro and Raleigh, you will never feel out of reach from anything."
"Alamance Crossing in Burlington offers clothes shopping and dining options. The Streets of Southpoint and the Tanger Outlets are a little further from campus but offer more stores like J. Crew, Anthoropolgie, Urban Outfitters, Free People, Saks, Victoria's Secret, Sephora, etc."
HC's Complete College Guide: Elon University
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