After this frigid, snowy winter many high school students from the Northeast may be thinking about heading south for college. It is easy to see why Elon is a popular choice among NJ high school students (NJ represents eight-percent of Elon’s student body). This mid-sized university is located in central North Carolina, and its campus is beautiful with plenty of green space, quintessential brick buildings and beautiful fountains.
I met NJ/NY admissions representative Scott Christopherson in the gorgeous, new admissions welcome center. He spoke about some of Elon’s standout programs: business, communication and media studies, musical theater, dance performance and choreography, exercise science and athletic training.
There is an abundance of creative talent at Elon. Students interested in studying music, dance and musical theater must submit pre-screening videos with their applications. Potential dance majors who meet the screening requirements are then invited to audition in person. Elon’s radio and television studios are first rate as well.
Exercise science and athletic training are strong at Elon. However, please note that there are no direct admits to Elon’s physical therapy or physician assistant graduate schools. Students who want to pursue physician assistant or physical therapy school, at Elon or any another institution, will have a pre-health advisor to ensure students complete the pre-health requirements. Students enrolled in a human anatomy course will study in the undergraduate human cadaver lab.
Experiential learning is required at Elon. Students must complete two Experiential Learning Requirements (ELR): intern, study abroad, research, service learning, and leadership. Each student receives an ELR transcript that can be submitted to employers and/or graduate schools. The university encourages all students to study abroad or study away. Elon has its own domestic off-campus programs in NYC, DC and LA. International studies and international business majors must study abroad.
Elon’s residential campus includes seven neighborhoods. I toured the Global Neighborhood, which is Elon’s newest neighborhood. Here students live with other students who not only share living space but also share a common class that meets in the residence hall three days a week. Faculty lives in each residence hall, and neighborhood events such as international dinners and film series are regularly scheduled.
Students I saw wore preppy clothing or athletic wear. Greek life is popular, with forty-percent of students joining sororities and fraternities. Elon is part of the Division I Colonial Athletic Conference. Basketball and baseball are the most popular spectator sports. Students take advantage of the triangle cities location (Raleigh-Durham-Greensboro). Popular road trips are the Blue Ridge Mountains and Carolina beaches.
Gap Semester Program: Students who choose this option spend their first semester freshman year in a nine credit, three-part off-campus program. Freshmen first travel to Wyoming to participate in an outdoors leadership program, participate in a domestic service learning component and complete the program studying in Costa Rica. These students begin their Elon on-campus experience during winter term.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Elon has its own application and does not accept the Common Application. Students apply to the university, not the college. Students can apply ED, EA or RD. Interviews are not offered, but students are encouraged to reach out to their regional admissions rep. All students are automatically considered for merit aid. Talent-based aid has an additional application and requires an audition.
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