Impressions Of
Elon University

Academic Experience

Male Computer Science Major C/O 2019

Is there anything that you feel your major’s department does especially well or especially poorly?
The professors are great. It’s a much smaller major than the other ones, so there’s a lot of individual attention, which I really enjoy. The teachers are really good at developing one on one relationships with students and it’s a very informal atmosphere, which I like a lot.

Can you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
I would say it’s a mix of both. There’s a lot of collaborative work that we do, but at the same time, there is somewhat of an atmosphere of competition.

Male Finance and Entrepreneurship Double Major C/O 2020

Can you describe the weekly coursework for your majors?
For Finance, there is online homework that covers lecture material along with textbook reading and practice problems. The Entrepreneurship program was more involved, so we would sometimes have to watch a TED talk and give a summary to the class. Then the biggest thing is you have a semester-long project where you create a product from start to finish, so simulating an entrepreneurial project.

Can you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
I think most of the students there want to learn. It depends on your major. Once you get through your first year of the liberal arts classes the classes get better because they pertain to something you’re studying. I think that’s the biggest switch. Competitive wise, I think everyone falls into their own bracket and they find their place. There are always people to push you academically.

Female Exercise Science Major C/O 2020

Is there anything you feel the Exercise Science department does especially well or poorly?
As of now, they’re trying to get more interaction between the students and the professors. For example, there’s a club that’s part of the graduate school and a lot of the professors and undergrad students are trying to join it because it’s all about getting to know the professors you’re working with. The Exercise Science department at Elon is very small so we want to make it small and intimate so you can be very close to everyone. With that being said, because the program is small a lot of the professors are very well versed in the classes that are taught because they have to switch around frequently. One of the main things that helps is the area we live in is so small, so having connections with the professors will help us get connections in real life.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
It’s competitive, but people are willing to help. [It’s competitive because] with Exercise Science you have to be on top of your game or you will fall behind.

Social Opportunities

Male Political Science and Economics Double Major C/O 2021

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in at Elon?
I usually hang out with friends and we decide whether to go to a party or not. I don’t really enjoy frat parties here, and it can be hard to get into frat parties if you’re not involved in Greek life. When I go out with my athlete friends, we often hang out with girls and other sports teams.

How happy are you with the nightlife? Is there anything you would change?
I wish the fraternities were more inclusive. I wish there was more inclusiveness between African-American students and White students on this campus when it comes to nightlife activities. [See Elon News Network article, “Elon needs to find its racial identity.”]

Male Finance and Entrepreneurship Double Major C/O 2020

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you participate in at Elon?
I am in Greek life, so I enjoy the social atmosphere pertaining to Greek life that tends to be fraternity parties at off-campus houses. I go out Friday and Saturday night. Not for me personally, but Tuesdays are big bar nights and Thursdays are a big going out night in general.

How happy are you with the nightlife? Is there anything you would change?
It’s fine for what it is. I think we should start earlier. We’re notoriously a late school with parties starting at 11:30-12. I think that is in the works. I think it shouldn’t be as exclusive as it is, and I think that has to do with the culture that’s been established with certain fraternities. I wish there could be on campus events opposed to off-campus events.

Female Exercise Science Major C/O 2020

What have been some of your favorite times at school so far?
Spending time with girls in my sorority I think. They’re the backbone of making my experience at Elon, so spending time with them is really, really meaningful to me. I spend time cultivating those relationships because I know they’re always going to be there after I graduate. Sure, being in a sorority is great, but it gives you the opportunity to get to know people who are different than you.

What is the impact of Greek life on nightlife?
Very, very big. We have group-chats with all the fraternities to be able to know what’s going on on-campus. My first semester when I was unaffiliated I had no idea what was going on. The only reason I knew how parties were going on was that people would tell me about them. Joining a Greek life organization is how you get involved with the nightlife.

Campus Culture

Male Computer Science Major C/O 2019

How did you meet your closest friends?
Some of my closest friends I lucked into and we lived in the same place freshman year. The other ones I met through my fraternity.

How would you describe the social scene?
I would say it’s very active. It can be kind of exclusive and that can be annoying, but if you want to have fun you’re going to find it regardless of who you know or anything. I think there’s a good amount of options.

How would you describe the student body?
In general, pretty smart and hardworking. There can be some degree of [elitism] in general, but it’s not hard to find really good, genuine people.

Male Finance and Entrepreneurship Double Major C/O 2020

How did you meet your closest friends?
I met them during the January term. We have a 4-1-4 schedule, so during the month of January we take one class every day for three hours a day. I think during that time I had more free time to hang out with people on my hallway. I didn’t rush until sophomore year, and I would say the majority of students make their friends spring semester of freshman year when they rush a fraternity.

To what extent do people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
They typically don’t. They typically form into tight-knit groups. Out of 80 people in my fraternity, there are maybe one or two diverse individuals. Elon is a very predominantly White school, so they do form a niche. You will notice that there are cliques of different ethnic groups. [About 81% of the Class of 2022 is White.]

Female English Major C/O 2021

How would you describe the social scene at Elon?
People are very friendly at Elon, which must come from the Southern hospitality, even though everyone is from up North. It can get cliquey, especially with being a Fellow and Odyssey Scholar. If you don’t make friends with certain people immediately, it can seem hard to get to know them at all. [Most of Elon’s undergraduate students are from NC, MA, NJ, NY, CT, & MD.]

To what extent do people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
I think different races don’t mix too much. We have Black Student Union events, and we have our spaces that minorities go. It’s the other way around with partying. There are either the White parties or Black functions, but there isn’t a perfect blend. In terms of sexuality, Elon is very accepting as a whole from what I’ve experienced. [17% of Elon’s class of 2022 are students of color.]

Elon, NC

Pros of

  • “Things are inexpensive because there are not a ton of people who live here.” [There are about 10,000 residents in Elon, NC.]
  • “Everything is centered around campus. Everyone stays on campus for the most part or stays in town.”
  • “Being in central North Carolina is nice because you aren’t too far away from the beaches and the mountains if you want to go. Your options are pretty wide open.”
  • “We really don’t ever have issues with drunk driving. The campus is meant to be walkable, there’s only one road that goes through campus. They really discourage people from driving to classes. In that sense, you have no driving or vehicle-related accidents.”

Cons of

  • “Burlington, the town surrounding Elon, has one of the lowest literacy rates in America. To know that there is something like that so close to an academic institution is interesting. We get the really lifted trucks and people that cat-call every so often on the road that goes through campus.” [The poverty rate in Burlington, NC is about 22% and the median household income is about $37,000.]
  • “There’s not really much to do in the town of Elon.”
  • “Nobody goes off campus that much. Outside of the town, there is really nothing. It’s a pretty rural county that’s very poor, so there’s not a whole lot to do.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Male Environmental Science and Philosophy Double Major C/O 2020

What is something you wish you knew about Elon before entering as a freshman?
How if you’re not involved in a fraternity it’s hard to have the [stereotypical college party] version of social life.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
The football field, it’s pretty small but it’s cool. The surrounding area is also cool. Go to Greensboro and Chapel Hill. The drive isn’t bad if you have the time.

Male Political Science and Economics Double Major C/O 2021

What is something you wish you knew about Elon before entering as a freshman?
I wish I would have known more African American students before I came here. [About 5.6% of students are African-American.]

What is something a prospective African-American student should know that we haven’t touched on?
Even if you don’t feel like you belong here, or you don’t get the vibe that this is the place for you, there is somebody here in that same boat and they have found their niche like I did. There is a place for anybody here. This place is amazing.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
Food options here are limited, but if you find great friends they’ll cook for you. [See Elon News Network article, “Life with dietary restrictions at Elon.”]

Female English Major C/O 2021

What is something somebody should know that has not been mentioned?
Elon’s study abroad is such a big part of its culture, but it’s not very accessible for certain students because it’s really expensive depending on the program. We are required to go to New Zealand for my cohort, so I was concerned about coming up with the extra money. [78% of Elon students study abroad.]

Reasons to attend and not to attend Elon University

To Attend

  • “You are in a class size of around 20 people where the professors enjoy hearing what you talk about.”
  • “The study abroad program is amazing.” [78% of students study abroad.]
  • “How welcoming Elon is with exploring classes outside of your major. It lets you discover things you may not have known you would be passionate about.”
  • “It’s a beautiful campus and a smallish campus. I don’t have to worry about driving or not being able to make it to class.”

To Not Attend

  • “How homogenous the population is. People are generally from the North, White, wealthy, and straight. For some students who are the opposite of most of that can get uncomfortable.” [In the Class of 2022, 81% of students are White. The median family income of students at Elon is $208,300.]
  • “If Greek life is something you can’t abide by, it isn’t the place for you. It’s such a pervasive part of the campus culture and social scene. If you don’t like Greek life or don’t want to be a part of it, it may not be the place for you.”
  • “People don’t really care about sports. If you’re passionate about sports and want an environment where people are going to all the basketball games and football games, you’re not going to find that.”
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