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  • 07/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 out of 33 people found this review useful. 1 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy many different activities will love Elon. Students are given the chance to participate in many different clubs, teams, and organizations. Students are encouraged to have at least one minor and possibly a double major. Elon is academically challenging, but the teachers are always available. One of the great things about Elon is that the teachers really get to know you. If you are a student who likes to be invisible or to not share your thoughts during class than this is not the school for you. However, if you like an interactive and encouraging environment than this is the school for you. Elon is well known and award winning for the service work that the school does and Elon even provides an experiences transcript to keep track of thing like organizations and volunteer work because it is highly valued. Students get a chance to find their voice, their place, and a new home at Elon right away.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should make sure that they visit Elon's campus and meet the teachers and explore the different activities available in order to decide if they want to apply for a academic fellowship or a learning community. Elon University provides so many different opportunities, and it will help to get an idea of what you want to think about doing before you get there. However, there is plenty of time to change your mind and broaden your horizons once you get there. If you get waitlisted do not give up hope, I know many people who got off the waitlist. I would highly reccomend taking advantage of all tours and orientations that you go to. Every time you visit the campus try to meet with teachers in the department(s) you are interested in and talk to as many students as possible. Being well rounded, volunteer work, and leadership experiences are something Elon encourages while you attend the University and before so make sure to list all of your extracurricular activities including service work on your application. Most importantly do not limit yourself before you get to Elon, there are so many opportunities. You will change your mind and have the chance to try so many different things. Make sure to explore every possibility!

  • 01/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 2 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, that also like to have some fun and be involved on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come do a campus visit during the spring, summer, or fall. The campus is stunning. Also check out the Open House events Elon does, it's a great opportunity to meet students and teachers who are willing to be more candid then your typical tour guide or representative.

    Bang for the buck

    The only problem with Elon is it is Expensive. But the connections it enables you to make, and the excellence of the teachers are worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    The dorms are great, the people are friendly, and there is so much you can do. Elon has over 150 different organizations and greek groups. I've been expanding my athletic experiences with the martial arts club, getting ready for my future career with Beta Alpha Psi (an accounting/financial fraternity), and learning to step on fewer toes with the Ballroom Dancing club. It also helps that Elon has one of the most beautiful campus grounds on the eastern seaboard

    Am learning a lot

    I have loved my classes and teachers here at Elon. I transferred from a community college, so I dived right into some of the harder classes, but even the beginning ones I took taught me so much. My favorite class was Business Communications, our biggest project was researching and developing theories on different companies, and then we were taught how to write the report explaining our thoughts about whether or not a hypothetical company should invest in them.

  • 01/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 15 people found this review useful. 3 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Elon is very good for hands-on students. While there are some professors that like to lecture, most professors enjoy teaching you some and then giving you the opportunity to test out what you have learned! Also, the professors WILL get to know your name, so if you don't want to be another face in the crowd or a number, Elon is perfect for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    I encourage you too definetely visit the campus, and when you do make an appointment with some professors in any areas that you are interested in, take a tour or two, and sit in on some classes. Don't be afraid to talk to some of the students about anything you want to know about Elon. The students are the insiders and will be more than willing to let you in on some secrets!

    Bang for the buck

    Cost is really the only downside to Elon, though with the connections you will make and Elon's growing name, it is worth it!

    Am enjoying being here

    Elon is a smaller campus, so you get to know many people and will most likely see someone you know everywhere you go! Elon also has many organizations, so there is usually something going on everyday, you just have to look for it!

    Am learning a lot

    You can easily learn something new everyday at Elon if you try. Professors doors are always open, and they are all so willing to talk to you about anything. The campus is also building its diversity slowly but surely, so you will definitely be able to learn from other students as well.

  • 10/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 4 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Elon is particularly excellent for those that are quiet, reserved, and who don't like big crowds. Not quiet as in anti-social, but quiet as in those who have a higher understanding of their set priorities in life. There is a place on campus for those who are more outgoing and who like groups, but the college seems to revolve around those who are more focused on being or becoming well-accomplished students. The college's population helps this out a bit, but also its strategic placement within this part of the state of North Carolina give it a more serene, quiescent environment that make those who are the peaceful type feel at home.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is recommended that all of those who are considered prospective students should not hesitate to talk to the faculty at Elon. Never be afraid to engage in conversation about your future. There are numerous opportunities available at Elon, but it's better to converse with the faculty to get a better idea of what you're getting into. Also, visit the campus anytime you can. You should take the opportunity to go the the various orientations set and take mental notes on what the campus expects and what you have to do to maintain and uphold standards acceptable by Elon University. Feel free to go to the gatherings hosted by the Elon community and don't focus on partying. This is a private college and they expect great things from you so messing around is not an efficient option. However, out of everything, don't be stressed and take things one step at a time.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus of Elon does not go without compliments towards its breath-taking environment. Besides the fact that the brick faeries (people that seem to have pleasure in stealing the bricks from the campus walkways) tend to make a visit every now and then, the campus is beautiful. In the morning, you're graced by the welcoming organized, sturdy structures of the campus. At night, you're swept away by the cleverly placed water fountains in front of the Colonnades, Moseley Center and Alamance building. Also, the dining halls are absolutely luxurious. It gives a sense of a restaurant more than a standard cafeteria because there is always a unique choice of food. Most of the food can be customized and there are satisfying options for those who are vegetarians. The college is quite expensive, but it's well worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Elon University is always very lively. The students and faculty are terribly friendly and you'll almost always see a group of smiling faces willing to greet you on your way to class or to the various dinning halls. The dorms (especially Danieley and the Colonnades) are fantastic and you can find yourself satisfied no matter where you're located. If you're a quiet person, you can find a variety of facilities open on the campus that have a sincerely dedicated aura of solitude like the Belk Library. If you're a more lively, out-going person, there are numerous opportunities to hang out in groups, chat at any of the areas on campus (the Danieley Center Commons, Octagon Cafe and McEwen theater seem to be popular), and even go about playing video games in each others dorms (with permission of course).

    Am learning a lot

    Elon is one of the few colleges that present an environment that makes it easier to learn new, interesting things. Just being on campus and walking around provokes your brain to analyze situations and acquire information automatically but there are a variety of programs available that can broaden your horizons in the academic and experiential sense (like studying abroad, which Elon pushes greatly). Even students that aren't doing so well academically feel empowered by their ability to retain some of the information taught and applying to their campus life. However, if you do have any sort of difficulty understanding what’s being taught during lectures, professors are always willing to help no matter what and do not hesitate providing another perspective to help you understand more easily.

  • 10/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 5 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those interested in out-of-the-classroom learning experiences, those interested in joining Greek Life (dominates social scene on campus) and those seeking a beautiful campus in a more secluded setting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Early-Action- it is non-binding and you hear of your acceptance sooner. If you are not accepted Early Action, you may still apply regular decision. Also, make sure to come visit the school. It is definitely worth touring and the fact that you took the time and made the effort to come visit stands out when admission counselors are choosing between accepting two otherwise equal students.

    Bang for the buck

    Elon is very affordable for all that it offers. As an up and coming school that gains more popularity and recognition every year, receiving a diploma from Elon will mean a great deal. The facilities are state of the art, the academic offerings are broad and the experiential learning opportunities make Elon a definite standout.

    Am enjoying being here

    This is the most beautiful campus and it is remarkable how every building looks brand-new. The climate is great- not too cold and not to hot but definitely not predictable! Students come from all over the country yet a large majority are from North Carolina. Coming from the Northeast, the southern setting makes for wonderful hospitality and a slower, more relaxed pace of life. Students are friendly and out-going, professors are knowledgeable and caring and there is always something going on if you are willing to look around.

    Am learning a lot

    Elon provides so many wonderful opportunities from bringing world-renowned speakers to campus to providing alternative break service trips across the globe. Elon's emphasis on engaged learning and providing students with hands-on experience through research, internships and study abroad are the avenues where there is the most to be learned and gained. This approach reduces the artificial classroom and busy-work environment instead opting for experiences that will make Elon graduates more desirable and marketable in the real world.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 6 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus as a whole is very safe. there are emergency poles in every corner of the streets in the event that you feel insecure while walking late at night, you press the button and campus police will escort you to your dorm. also there's a program called safe rides which picks up many students who are out partying or roaming the campus. although it's an open campus, it's very safe because you can always contact campus police and safe rides to make sure you get to your dorm or destination safe and sound.

    Greek Life

    greek life is a vital part of elon university. there are hundreds of organizations to choose from. be careful though, not every greek organization is for everyone and it's very time consuming, so pick one that suits your interests and that the people have the same goals as you.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are over 1,000 clubs and organizations from the latino student organization to the soccer club. if you're a sports fan there are tons of sports clubs that will suit your interests. if you're more into academics, there are many academic clubs to choose from and if your more into service, there are plenty of clubs and activities to do so. the best part is if they don't have the club you want you can start it yourself, get approval and see it grow.

    Great for these types of students

    elon university is great for the students who are highly motivated, who want to see diversity expand larger every year, who are leaders and want to achieve, as well as learn everything possible to help give back to the communities and abroad.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    at elon university, there has been the tradition of the polar bear plunge in which all elon students during their winter term classes dive into the university's lake mary neil's cold waters and retrieve a gift card. also there's an event called turkey trot every november in which elon students are able to run or walk a few miles in honor of the thanksgiving holidays.

    Bang for the buck

    as an institution elon will make sure that you receive all the tools, resources, support, and guidance you'll need to succeed. you can't forget the beauty of the campus and the willingness that everyone has to make sure that you feel at home. i can say that elon university is one of the few universities that dedicates themselves to the diversity, growth and success of every individual. it's the perfect example of what a university should be and that is inspiration, respect, generosity, and initiative.

    What to do for fun

    there are many things to do for fun. elon has their chorale groups sing every friday and the weekend, there are movie runs on friday which are called movie on the lawn, bingo night, parties sponsored by faternities/sororities, and clubs/organizations. also you can go to the sports games with your friends and have a great time cheering on the elon phoenix teams.

    Food and Dining

    elon university has three dinning halls which are, harden, mcewen, and colonades. there are also retail locations such as boars head, pan geos, varsity sports and grill, and 1889. there are a great selection of choices from salads, pastas, chicken, burgers and soups. there's many gluten free and healthier options for those who cannot eat gluten. the only concern would be that the if you go to lets say mcewen everyday, then you'll get bored of the same food. try to variate between the other dinning halls because eventually you'll get tired of eating the same thing.

    Dorm Life

    at elon university, dorm life is amazing because there are many different types such as, learning communities (international pavilion, la casa de español and honors pavilion). in addition, you'll meet many great people within the dorm. as you share backgrounds, cultures, beliefs and ideas, you'll learn so many perspectives that will make you become closer to them like a family. you'll have a dorm advisor which is in charge of making sure everything is order, someone you can trust to talk about anything and sets up activities that as a whole can do together. no matter where you end up in a dorm. you'll enjoy many activities with your hall and roommates as well as grow as a loving and respecting family.

    Academic Rigor

    elon university stresses the importance of their academics. depending of your major a lot of classes are discussion based which means participation is a huge part of your grade. you'll have classes where the teacher will ask you to write papers every week, as well as have tests every week. also teachers expect the best quality of work from their students and no less. most importantly writing notes and listening to the teacher is key because he or she expects you to know the material not by memorizing it, but by being able to comprehend and explain what you've learned.

    Tips for prospective students

    please remember to stay organized. it's very important to make a schedule of all of your classes, study times, meetings, and other activities. this is the best way to be successful in college because you will have everything balanced and stress free. this means better grades, you get everything done and you stay on top of everything. most importantly, use all of the resources on campus from academic advising to the writing center. you're paying a lot of money to go to college so please use every resource as much as possible and you'll see that your goals will be achieved. also be yourself, college can be intimidating, but take the time to try things outside of your comfort zone, make new friends, enjoy all the benefits of college life and make the next four years the very best.

    In three sentences

    overall, elon university is a great school in which you will obtain all the resources you need to succeed. from the impeccable environment, rigorous classes, clubs/organizations and people on campus, elon always exemplifies excellence and the belief of success. everywhere you go faculty, staff, and students will help you out every step of the way, make you feel like family and guide you along the way to achieve your goals and aspirations.

  • 04/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 7 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    All the lampposts at Elon have little blue buttons on them so that if you are ever feeling unsafe or are just chilly or too tired to walk back to your dorm, campus security will pick you up at the lamppost and drive you wherever on campus you need to go.

    Great for these types of students

    Many programs at Elon are very strong, but they are known for their outstanding Communications department. Also, in the past 20 years, they have had a 100% placement for music education majors, which is not very common these days.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a ceremony to welcome freshmen called Under the Oaks in which all freshmen will receive an acorn. When those freshmen go on to graduate, they will receive an insured oak tree!

    Bang for the buck

    The programs at Elon are definitely worth the money! They have an amazing study abroad program, and even offer to send you to any Spanish-speaking country for free if you take 140 hours of any Spanish related class!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are amazing! Even the smallest ones are spacious, and there are many different styles offered to suit any preference. There are also many services offered for the dorms: they will cut and install any carpet of your choice before you arrive for a nominal fee, if they can access your bathroom from the hallway they will clean it for you, there is free Wi-Fi throughout the entire campus, and if you don't want to use the free laundry machines they will wash and fold your laundry for a nominal fee. You also have the opportunity to switch roommates up to four times a year just in case something goes wrong. The dorm life is really amazing!

    Academic Rigor

    Elon's programs challenge the student to perform at the best of their ability. They expect nothing less than each student's best effort, and inspire everyone to reach their full potential. Also, class sizes at Elon are small, so teachers get to know you and will then come to expect more from you, unlike at bigger schools where you may be referred to as 378 in a 450 person class.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to see the campus and go on a tour! Once you see and hear all that Elon has to offer, you will not want to or need to look anywhere else. You would be hard-pressed to find a school with better opportunities or a more well-rounded education.

    In three sentences

    Elon University is the most amazing environment for learning and growing as a person. Not only is the campus gorgeous, but the programs offered at Elon are outstanding. Their emphasis on being an upstanding citizen through the Elon Experiences is fantastic, and sets Elon apart as one of the best schools for a well-rounded education.

  • 03/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    I encourage every prospective Elon student to visit campus. The tours are nice and very informative, but if you want a true feeling of how it is to live and work at Elon, explore campus yourself, talk to professors and talk to students. If you know someone currently attending Elon, give them a call and make plans to stay with them for a weekend. Seeing all aspects of a university are what really help you decide if it is a place where you can live, work, and have fun.

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    I wish I was told about how popular Greek life was at Elon before I came. Most first years do rush. My advice is to stay away from the Greek courts and houses for the first few weeks of school! Concentrate of getting adjusted to college life and classes before starting to party. Make friends with the Financial Aid office workers, they will help you out! Your RA is your friend and a great resource for everything from where to get something to eat at 1am to how to resolve roommate problems. Elon is not very diverse but is slowly taking steps in the right direction. If diversity is something you value, make sure you visit and get a feel for the campus first to see if you are comfortable.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to many private institutions, Elon is on the cheaper side however on average a students pays $35,000 - $38,000 a year depending on how many art and sports classes you take. Elon also allows you to take up to 18 credit hours a semester which is great, although each core class is worth 4 credit hours. As far as financial aid goes, Elon does an okay job. They are usually willing to work with you about payments and extra aid if you are nice to them. One problem I found frustrating with Elon is the fact that they charge you for very small things. For instance, it costs $5-$10 for them to unlock your dorm door if you lock yourself out.

    Am enjoying being here

    Elon has a lot of events on campus but not too many non-Greek events off campus. Theater Arts Program is wonderful! You will enjoy seeing its productions; I saw RENT this year. The Student Union Board hosts concerts every fall and spring and weekly movies on the lawn are always fun. Transportation is a problem though so having a car will help you get around town and to Burlington for other activities.

    Am learning a lot

    Elon has a lot of great professors! I enjoyed most of my general education classes. They will make you take a College Writing course and Wellness, which can be great or not so great depending on which teacher you get. I especially learned a lot in my Global Experiences class, which is also required, but not a waste of time.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    the musical theater program is stellar.

    Tips for prospective students

    seriously take a look at elon university. it is affordable, beautiful and in a great location. elon university has been awarded many top honors over the past five years and so far, from my experience, a great place to obtain a liberal arts education.

    In three sentences

    excellent, engaging and exciting are three words that come to mind when thinking of elon university. not only is the campus beautiful but the education and training provided is challenging and thought provoking. choosing elon university over six other music theater programs was an excellent decision.

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 11 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    smith jackson, campus security, and the town police do a great job of keeping the campus safe.

    Greek Life

    rules the school. limited frats and sororities but great overall.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    greek life has lots of traditions, but the coolest tradition campus wide is the luminary gathering at the beginning of every winter.

    Bang for the buck

    i would definitely recommend elon university to anyone who is serious about learning and becoming a better person. the night life is awesome whether you're interested in greek life or not. the campus was voted the #1 most beautiful campus in the us.

    What to do for fun

    there are dozens of clubs, groups, and organizations. lots of people also participate in physical activities like running or basketball. burlington, nc is just 5 minutes away and greensboro is only 30 minutes.

    Food and Dining

    on campus food is great. there are 3 buffet style dining halls and 3 shopping centers. chic-fil-a is available on meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    the social atmosphere at elon is unlike any other. living in a dorm here will be one of the best experiences in your life. most roommates, suite mates and hall mates remain friends throughout there time at elon.

    Academic Rigor

    elon prides itself on being academically challenging. courses are of varying difficulties, but overall, you will be pushed to get the grades you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    be proactive and get involved. make your elon bubble as big as possible.

    In three sentences

    elon has an aesthetically pleasing campus where students are encouraged to get involved. elon is awesome. the possibilities of success are endless with elon's guidance.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 12 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Elon is generally a very safe place. The school has a great alarm system, prompt notifications of incidents, and the university provides students with options such as safe rides which give students a safe way to get home from academic and social events, although few students feel the need. The students and staff also do a great job of spreading awareness of issues that are often swept under the rug, such as rape, so that it happens in lower frequencies. The only real problem that I have seen here is petty theft and other minor incidents; Elon students are assumed to be wealthy and so there have been situations where items have been stolen from campus. However, the school does well to address issues in a timely and appropriate manner.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is an integral part of Elon University. Over thirty percent of students are involved with various Greek organizations, which is a relatively high percentage of students. In addition, Greek organizations tend to be very vocal; there are nearly always various philanthropic events going on that are hosted by Greek organizations, and therefore there is constant advertisement for those events on campus. Students involved often sport letters and pins signifying their involvement. This, in addition to the high level of exclusive 'Greek' parties make it feel like a dominant presence on campus. However, this is not all bad as the sororities and fraternities on campus promote values such as academic excellence, integrity, social engagement, and community involvement. Additionally, it is a great way to meet peers, and better yet, there is a lot to do on campus besides or in addition to Greek life!

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities are what makes Elon University truly great! Elon has nearly every organisation imaginable. These include: academic clubs, such as Mock Trial, language clubs, and business organisations; athletic clubs, such as field hockey, lacrosse and soccer; musical clubs, such as A Capella and orchestra; philanthropic organisations such as Habitat for Humanity and Lunch Buddies; Greek life, Student Government, and SO much more! The opportunities for internal and external engagement are boundless here--you often find that students here end up wanting to try a bit of everything! Regardless of what you are interested in, you will probably find it here, and if you so choose perhaps you can take the lead!

    Great for these types of students

    Elon University is great for motivated students who love to be very involved both on and off campus. Elon provides so many opportunities for engagement in academic and philanthropic organizations that it would be a shame to put the opportunities to waste. In addition, Elon is a great university for those who would benefit from personal attention from professors and other staff members; while students are expected to be very independent, professors love to help and be involved with their students' academic lives. Finally, while there are all types of personalities here, those who seem to 'fit in' the best are generally clean-cut, and academically and socially involved students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many lovely traditions at Elon. The first one that comes to mind is the tradition that takes place at convocation and commencement. At freshman convocation, the fledgling students are given an acorn to symbolize that they are planting the seeds of education, as well as beginning their journey of growth and learning--all of which takes place at Elon, which is Jewish for oak tree! Then, upon graduation students are given an oak sapling to plant and continue their growth in the world outside of college. This is very endearing and unique, especially since Elon's botanical garden campus is famous for the stunning oak trees abound. In addition to this tradition, there is a darker one that takes place on campus. Furthermore, one of the buildings known as West Dormitory is believed to be haunted! Students maintain that Mary, a victim of the fire that burned down most of the campus in 1923, can be seen flickering lights and swinging from the chandelier in the dormitory parlor! In the evenings students gather in the parlor in hopes of seeing the frightening, yet beloved ghost.

    Bang for the buck

    Elon University is a private school and therefore it does not come cheap. Expenses run roughly around 40k per year (including housing, books, food, etc.). That said, you will not get a better private school education for the cost, and the benefits that Elon provides are worth every penny! I have found a return in the intimate relationships that I have been able to form with professors, the excellent academic programs, clubs and student organisations, and last but not least the stellar facilities. I have not begun my job search yet, but most of my predecessors have been successful in securing one or more jobs upon graduating. This is a reflection of Elon's growing reputation, as well as the attention to detail shown by advisors, mentors, and other staff members who help students meet their goals.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do at Elon! The campus hosts fun events like movie nights out on the lawn, concerts, A Capella performances, etc. and the party scene is very happening and accessible--no need to arrange a ride because everything is close! The town itself is small, and there is not much to do here. Although, there is some decent shopping and a nice movie theatre; there is also easy access to Greensboro, Chapel Hill and Raleigh via I-84 and I-40.

    Food and Dining

    Elon has more dining options than any other campus that I have visited. The school provides a lot of variety in dining location and style, and the food is generally of a high caliber. However, I wish that the school provided better alternative eating options. For instance, there should be more variety for vegetarians and those on a gluten-free diet. In addition, I prefer to eat local, organic food and this can be difficult to find on campus. That said, this is true of most college campuses.

    Dorm Life

    Elon has fantastic living situations for students, especially compared to other colleges. Most of the facilities are new or have been renovated. The Elon tuition and endowment programs allow for relatively large, clean, and nice dorm rooms for both underclassmen and upperclassmen. You can choose from co-ed and hallway style dorms, or opt for a more private setting. The only complaint that I have is that there has been a shortage of upperclassmen housing. Yet, there are off-campus places to live that counter-act this issue. All in all, there is something for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    This is truly what you make of it; general education requirements are enlightening but typically not too difficult depending on the professor. Upper-level classes, particularly major requirements, can be strenuous but well worth the effort. In my experience I am expected to do more writing and presentations than my colleagues at larger schools, and I typically do less test-taking. The only notable exceptions are business, science and mathematics majors, who are frequently tested. Sometimes the focus on writing and presentations can make the work-load heavy, but professors are always willing and able to give personal attention. Thus, as long as I am able to complete my work, I have the capacity to be successful in my classes. In addition, I find that I learn more than I would otherwise and I am growing as a student and a person.

    Tips for prospective students

    At a glance this university may seem like your average country club; keep in mind that it has so much more to offer! Not only are the facilities (and student body) beautiful, but the university is gaining nation-wide recognition for strong academics, and the staff works endlessly to ensure that students have a bright future ahead of them. No university is perfect, but Elon is a school that is making a mark on the world, and the students who attend here have truly life-changing experiences. If you come for a visit be sure to check out all of the programs that Elon provides!

    In three sentences

    Elon is a fairly small liberal arts university placed in a quaint town in North Carolina. It provides students with the opportunity to grow both academically and personally by boasting unique classes, engaging professors, and a beautiful campus. It is known particularly for its' study abroad, communications, and musical theatre programs.

  • 05/17/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Take all of your visits. Visiting different schools you're interested in really helps to narrow it down to a final choice.

    Bang for the buck

    For such a great education and atmosphere, the price is well worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is beautiful, the weather is amazing, and the atmosphere seems really awesome. I was down for a weekend baseball series and the crowds were big, everyone was enthusiastic. Driving around campus there were bar-b-ques and students just hanging out having fun.

    Will learn a lot

    I have visited the campus numerous times over the past year. As a baseball player, I was able to talk with current players and find out directly from students at the school what it's all about. Everyone had great things to say about the quality and rigor of the academics at Elon.

  • 07/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 6 people found this review useful. 14 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that like to cut loose and party every once in a while and want a prestigious education. It helps ypu are somewhat wealthy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Honestly the campus is gorgeous, but the price is way too high, the people are constantly drinking and some are pretty stuck up. Go to a nice public school and pay less money. There are some great people out there, but you've got to weed them out.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost is ridiculous if your of lower middle class. The school offers some grants, but it doesn't help very much. Room and board is a little high, and the meal plans cost way too much.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm still not sure whether or not it's all in my head, but sometimes I get the feeling that I'm not welcome here because I am a minority. Although there is a multicultural center and a minority mentoring program, I believe that those things separate the minority students from everyone else more than it helps bring everyone together.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Luminaries, dining at the presidents house, holiday parties

    Tips for prospective students

    If youre thinking about Elon. ake sure you want to join greek life. You'll find that even though statistics beg to differ, greek life practically runs the social scene

    In three sentences

    Great Academics at a relativley affordable price. Preppy yet laid back environment that pushes its students. Feels like a country club

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    can't say i have ever felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    popular, but not necessary to enjoy life here.

    Clubs and Activities

    so many activities!

    Great for these types of students

    the students who like to have fun, but know when to be serious as well. the ones who care about what you learn, and where it can take you in the future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    steal brick before you graduate

    Bang for the buck

    great school for price!

    What to do for fun

    north carolina is your oyster!

    Food and Dining

    good food, but not a lot of variety. definitely difficult to be vegetarian, though there are many people who are.

    Dorm Life

    fantastic dorms, and close proximity apartments to campus. recent renovation on older dorms to bring them into the future.

    Academic Rigor

    the work is tough but manageable :)

    Tips for prospective students

    do things that are not typical. elon doesn't go for the typical achiever, they like to see diversity!

    In three sentences

    elon is an awesome, friendly school that pushes itself further and further towards excellence. the teachers are friendly and helpful, the classes are interesting. the memories you make here are for a lifetime.

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus security at elon and the burlington police department work together to provide a safe campus. they are present on campus and students feel very safe with this presence.

    Greek Life

    greek life at elon is very prevalent but not overwhelming. those in greek organizations and those not are not separated on campus. the greek life at elon helps students get involved in philanthropic events and service.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are hundreds of different activities and clubs on campus. elon campus recreation offers many events and there is almost a club for every interest.

    Great for these types of students

    students who are serious about academics as well as service. elon has many service opportunities and the students here are extremely involved and dedicated to service. those interested in graduate school or professional school after graduation will find elon to be conducive to their path.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    on tuesday mornings there is a campus wide event called college coffee. this event is where the school provides a breakfast food like bagels or doughnuts and coffee or hot chocolate for the entire student body. this event is free of charge and a great way to connect everyone across campus.

    Bang for the buck

    elon is a private school but for the cost you truly get what you pay for and more. the school provides quality education and facilities.

    What to do for fun

    although elon is small, there is big potential with fun. there are many downtown locations for weekend fun as well as local cuisine, shopping centers and much more to do. it is hard to be bored at elon.

    Food and Dining

    elon caters to people with differing dietary needs. there is a convenience store with many gluten free items and they make sure to always have vegetarian or vegan options as well.

    Dorm Life

    elon has recently constructed many new on campus locations to live. the new places are spacious and well built. the on campus housing is great.

    Academic Rigor

    elon makes sure to challenge its students. the classes make sure that you have activities and assignments that are applicable to real life situations and will help you later on.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are looking for a school where students are actively engaged and the teachers are involved in your success, elon is the place for you.

    In three sentences

    elon university is dedicated to giving students the best education experience possible. the campus is beautiful and always buzzing with student activities. elon university is one of the best schools for your dollar by far.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Despite Smith Jackson warning emails, Campus is usually safe, everyone is looking out for one another and security are never too far away.

    Greek Life

    Greek life definitely has a presence on campus, but not in a hurtful way. There isn't much exclusivity and if you're interested in Greek life, you can definitely find a chapter for you. Having late rush (end of Winter Term) is a huge plus - you have time to make your own friends beforehand.

    Clubs and Activities

    A LOT of sports involvement, which is fun if you miss your high school sport or want to try a new one (both very common). Clubs host different events on campus which are (usually open to everyone) interesting and fun. They give you a break from everything else you have or had going on that day.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, friendly, passionate students who want something more out of their environment. Be open to meeting all types of new people- you definitely will.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before you graduate you have to steal a brick! You also have to get in the fountains - but do NOT get caught by campus police or Elon police!!!! Definitely stay for Winter Term - most fun all year, and only one class a day! College Coffee - Tuesdays 9:20am-10:40am by the Alamance Fountain - faculty and students get free breakfast and get to chat. This is unique to Elon (I think!) and a great way to interact with everybody even that early in the morning.

    Bang for the buck

    You'll get out what you put in. If you take advantage of your opportunities, you'll have an amazing experience.

    What to do for fun

    Students hang out everywhere on campus, the weekends there are always events being held by the Student Union Board, like: movie screenings, comedy shows, acapella shows, Bingo. If not there are always parties off-campus too, which are fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are alot of options, both healthy and not-too healthy. Students love Chik-Fila after games or on the weekends and going to Colonnades brunch on Sundays. Also The Acorn in Elon is a phenomenon - brilliant sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    It can be rough living in a suite with 7 other people, but it obviously depends who you end up with - you might end up loving it. One great thing about Elon is I've seen that if you're not happy, the school will definitely help to accommodate you - you can move all the way across campus, or just down the hall.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes have attendance policies, which can hurt if you don't like going to class. But professors put in a lot of time to help you out. All obviously care very much about their jobs at Elon.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit the school - it will definitely help make up your mind. Also eat in one of the dining halls - it helps you take in the student body and get to taste the food! Lastly, be outgoing, most people at Elon are. It's easy to make friends if you put in the effort.

    In three sentences

    Elon has something for everybody. The campus is absolutely gorgeous, the student body is fun and compelling. Elon offers every student fantastic opportunities, you just have to look out for them.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The biggest crime issue we deal with on campus is the occasional peeper. Security emails are sent out to every student and everyone is very aware of any kind of criminal situation.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life rules Elon, and anyone who says it doesn't obviously doesn't go out much. Greek Life here is incredible, because there is a fit for every type of person if they're interested, and every organization does productive things with their time.

    Great for these types of students

    Well-rounded, passionate, open-minded, ambitious, involved.

    Bang for the buck

    Elon's biggest downfall is it's high tuition costs, but they definitely have options available for students in need!

    What to do for fun

    Students are very involved in campus, so there's always something more you could be doing with your time, it's impossible to get bored here if you put in the effort to be involved. Plus, the nightlife is great if that's more your style.

    Food and Dining

    Try visiting a college and having a better meal at a dining hall than Elon. The dining halls, Acorn Coffee Shop, Varsity Grill, and Moseley center are all incredible, and the meal plan allows students plenty of options throughout the week.

    Dorm Life

    My freshman dorm experience was picture perfect! I lived in a suite-style dorm with a full kitchen, laundry room, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a common room. My living situation was amazing, but it was my floor-mates that made it a home.

    Academic Rigor

    Elon is definitely on the up and up. Professors challenge students in and out of the classroom and push us further than a typical college class. Engaged learning is extremely important at Elon and I believe that's the most important part of a college education.

    In three sentences

    Going to Elon University has been a dream come true. I never knew I could be so happy with everything in my life at one time. An amazing campus, dedicated faculty, unique education, and perfect friends and organizations... I couldn't have picked a better school!

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are always campus security and at night we have e-rides which drives students from anywhere on campus to anywhere else on campus.

    Greek Life

    very big on elon's campus. but, you don't have to join greek life to fit in.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are unlimited possibilities! there is definitely a club for every person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are a lot of traditions here at elon. you'll have to come to check them out!

    What to do for fun

    for fun i go to the movies right down the road or to parties.

    Food and Dining

    very accommodating for the students. full meals in the dining halls and they also have gluten free food as well as food for vegetarians!

    Dorm Life

    it is a little pricey but really awesome for meeting new people.

    Academic Rigor

    all classes are very different.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you can come to elon, definitely do it. it is a very helpful school and there are so many different things to get involved in. if you do come, make sure you care about your education and definitely get involved.

    In three sentences

    if i could give elon a rating it would be a 10 out of 10. this school is absolutely amazing in ensuring success. with the tutoring center, one on one interaction, and the beautiful scenery, this school is by far the best!

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    coming from up north, elon is much cheaper than any other school i applied to. however the price does not determine its value. elon is worth so much more than what you pay.

    What to do for fun

    there is a lot to do on campus depending on what you are involved in, where you live, and what you like to do. elon is also located closely to burlington nc where there is a mall and plenty of places to go.

    Food and Dining

    out of all the college campuses i have visited elon by far has the best food options. you can find your comfort foods as well as your healthy ones! and they are tasty.

    Dorm Life

    there are a wide variety of dorm options from hall to suite to apartment style, as well as numbers off campus options for upper classmen. the dorms a good size and very well kept. residence life staff is also amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    elon offers a tough course load, but one that will prepare you for your future.

    Tips for prospective students

    -apply early -visit campus -work hard your senior year -know what you are looking for in a university -look into elon's academic life as well as social life

    In three sentences

    elon is a school that offers its students with numerous opportunities, great faculty connections, and experiences that will be impactful in their future. as well as being a great community, elon is the prettiest campus in the nation. it is it's own little bubble and there is so much that is offered through attending elon.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I attended for three full years and was never concerned about my safety, even when walking across campus late at night. Well-lit, with many options available for transportation.

    Greek Life

    Depending on your preferences, Greek life at Elon could make or break a prospective student's decision to enroll. Fraternity and Sorority life is pervasive through the campus, and even the students who aren't part of Greek life essentially act like they are. Not necessarily bad, just part of the atmosphere of the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    Elon is a bit smaller than many institutions, so there may not necessarily be a club available for the more specific activities. However, if one can get interest built, it is easy (and encouraged) to start your own club/activity.

    Great for these types of students

    The balanced student; the student who realizes that education is primary, but also wants to have fun and explore his/her interests, as well as find others.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are multiple fountains located around campus, and while the school is strict on keeping students out of them, this doesn't stop seniors from frolicking through them near the end of the year. Making sure you leave with a brick from the paths is essential, as well.

    Bang for the buck

    While it is pricey, the opportunities Elon provides, such as numerous internships and dedication to study abroad, make it worth the cost.

    What to do for fun

    Not everything at Elon is based around partying. The intramural sports are huge, Alamance Crossing is a great place to hang out, and Elon is close to both Greensboro and Raleigh.

    Food and Dining

    The food is wonderful but while Elon is undergoing construction, a couple of the options aren't available. Once the new building goes up, the options will blossom again.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many options available now, and the traditional awful college dorm is a thing of the past. Whether you want to live in a flat, an apartment, a single-sex dorm, or in a single by yourself, you have the ability.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors care about you, about what they do, and about your performance. It is not easy, but put the work in and you'll be just fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Elon is quite Greek/preppy, so make sure that is an environment you do not mind living in or around.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful University with numerous options available. It is extremely easy to be involved in anything you are interested in. Being a part of such an up-and-coming school was a privilege.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Only one time have I felt unsafe walking across campus, and that was during a break where most people were off campus, and my route was especially dark and quiet. Otherwise, there are always people milling around, even at night, and our campus is small enough that you can be home safely within 20 minutes. If you ever do feel unsafe, you can call Campus Security (they're the ones driving around in Priuses) and they can take you anywhere on campus. If it's a weekend night and you've been out at parties, call Safe Rides, a student-volunteer-run organization that gives students rides back to their dorms. Safe Rides isn't just for drunk kids though; if it's cold or your walk is too far, call anyway. Student safety is one of the university's highest concerns, and you will come to know and love our Dean, Smith Jackson, for his email alerts and notifications. Scary things happen all the time, but there are endless resources set up to keep students safe and healthy at Elon.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a huge part of Elon life, even though tour guides tend to gloss over it when asked; in truth, around 50% of women are in sororities, and 28% of men are in fraternities. Elon defers rush until the Spring, so girls pledge during the week-long fake break between Winter Term and Spring Semester, and boys pledge closer to Spring Break. There is a section on campus called the Loy Center, which is where all the Greek houses are, and about ten or twelve people live in each house, some of which are LEED certified (the only for a North Carolina school). If you're into sororities and fraternities, you'll love Elon; if you're not so sure about them, come to Elon anyway: there's still plenty here to do.

    Clubs and Activities

    As I mentioned before, our campus groups total close to 300, and focus on Athletics, Service, Government, Religion, Greek, Academics, Performance, and Programming; there is a club (usually more than one) for everyone, and no one has an excuse to not get involved. There are so many options, it's hard to outline them all here, but you can see for yourself on the university website just how diverse our students are. https://www.elon.edu/webservices_1/stuorgs/allorgs.aspx

    Great for these types of students

    This is not a school for slackers, cheaters, or homebodies. There is a strict attendance policy, as well as an enforced honor code that means you better be going to class every day and doing it the right way. Also, every student I know is involved in at least five extracurriculars, ranging from sports to Greek life to student government to performance groups. We have a huge organizational fair the first week of school to encourage new members to join our clubs, so don't be afraid to over-commit: everyone at Elon does, and we all love being so busy and engaged.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some events we hold are unique to Elon, like Survival Bingo held once a month by Resident Student Association, at the same time as Midnight Meals on Thursday nights (when SUB feeds and entertains students to give them an alternative to drinking). Elonthon is our 24-hour dance marathon held every Spring to benefit Duke Children's hospital. Unfortunately, due to construction in the area this year, we won't be holding North Area's Polar Bear Plunge, but that's always a huge hit. That also happens during our Winter Term, which is an intensive one-course, three-week term held in the month of January; 98% of students come back for it and it is very popular for short-term study abroad trips, for those who can't miss a whole semester, or just want to tour a continent for a few weeks.

    Bang for the buck

    Financial aid at Elon is more than sub par, and that seems to be the one thing the University isn't worried about fixing; however, there have been a lot of recent pushes for alumni participation, and now that Elon is gaining a name for itself, its endowment is expected to rise, and more students will be able to attend. Some scholarships are available through Fellows and some other helpful alumni, but for the most part you're on your own. Still, I would pick Elon over a cheaper college any day.

    What to do for fun

    Elon doesn't have a big social scene, so most weekends are spent at fraternity or athletic club parties, or the two bars near campus, with nights ending at Late-Night McEwen (our dining hall that's open till 3am on the weekends). For the non-partyers, our Student Union Board has events every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, including concerts, movies, and game nights; also, many other clubs host events, dances, and our A Capella groups perform quite often. Basketball and football games are highly attended, and our baseball team is among the best as well. With Greensboro and Raleigh also within driving distance, you will never be able to claim boredom.

    Food and Dining

    Of the three dining halls on campus, each has its own specialty (Colonnades has the best pizza, McEwen stir-fry and pasta, and Harden a salad bar), but on the whole it was never that great. Luckily, there are numerous retail locations on campus that have great food, such as the Boar's Head Deli, Chick-Fil-A, and Acorn, our beloved coffee shop. There are also a bunch of great restaurants on or near campus that are tasty and affordable, which are great for kids on a budget! Our meal plan was just changed last year and is less than the best, but we're undergoing negotiations to improve it. In any case, you can always find somewhere to eat; I promise you won't starve!

    Dorm Life

    Being an RA might give me a bias, but I truly believe our dorm life can play a huge role in how much you enjoy college. All freshmen and sophomores must live on campus, so there have been a number of recent projects to expand and improve housing to include updated, LEED-certified dorms that make you think you're living in a hotel! We also have more than 15 learning communities located around campus, which are entire halls devoted to different interests, such as Service Learning or Communications; these LCs are huge for building community right off the bat, and many freshmen enjoy having these built-in connections.

    Academic Rigor

    I opted out of the Fellows programs, but they are an option many students take because they provide a community, enhance academics, and take care of a lot of financial aid. Even without the extra Fellows courses, you'll be plenty busy with work; I'm glad I didn't become a Fellow because I had more time to get involved in other things, like leadership and learning communities.

    Tips for prospective students

    While it may not be as diverse as possible, I've met lots of different people who have become some of my closest friends, and there's enough happening on campus for you to find your niche too. I highly suggest taking a tour and seeing everything we have to offer (hint: it's a lot!). Elon is on the rise as one of the best colleges in the country and most students will attest to that fact, and be able to prove it; the things we accomplish in our four years here are beyond impressive, and you can just as easily succeed.

    In three sentences

    Elon may not be perfect (financial aid and food leave something to be desired, and there's an overbearing Greek population), but I've had the most enjoyable year of my life there, and I can't wait to go back for more. Students are highly involved in everything, especially volunteering and study abroad, and even the kids you'd think would be preppy and stuck-up actually have some of the biggest hearts. Don't judge the campus by its gorgeous landscape and wealthy students; come take a tour and see how beautiful we are on the inside too.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Feel very safe walking alone at night

    Greek Life

    HUGE. If you are male, and are not in a fraternity, you won't get into any parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from. Attend the Org. Fair to get free food, apparel and join organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Social but hard-working.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive but you definitely get a great experience out of it. The teachers and classes are wonderful and the other students are so friendly and nice.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activites offered on campus as well as a fun social scene. Students do sports, intramurals, fundraisers, and generally soak up the beautiful NC weather. Burlington has the most restaurants per square foot in the country so there are plenty of places to eat out. Raleigh and Greensboro are a short drive away.

    Food and Dining

    Great options everywhere. Meal plans could be better.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are well kept and fun. Theya re a great way to meet people. Since so many students live on campus, there is always something going on.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult but doable. Teachers will challenge you but are readily available and want to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Display your curiousity for learning and intent to be an engaged learner. Volunteer in your community and keep your grades up.

    In three sentences

    Elon has a gorgeous, vibrant campus where students are visibly happy. Greek life is very prominent and rules the social scene. Teachers and academics are top-notch.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Often see campus security and campus police patrol the campus and buildings, although the blue light system on campus is only in the parking lots. Every dorm is key card locked so that only those authorized can enter, and after certain times on weekdays and the all day on weekends, classrooms are key card locked so only students, faculty, and staff can enter.

    Clubs and Activities

    For such a small student body, there are plenty of organizations and activities for students to get involved with. There are numerous service based organizations, as well as club teams for almost every sport!

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working and motivated, wants to succeed and also likes to enjoy themselves by hanging out with friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Tuesday, there is something called College Coffee. Students, Professors, and Faculty all come out and have coffee, juice, pastries, bagels, whatever is out that day. It is a nice time to just chit-chat with professors, and even just have a relaxing talk with the president of the university, or the former president.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club! There are many socially oriented clubs such as sports teams and ballroom dance team. Or get your friends together and do a movie night in a classroom using a projector, there's also a local bowling alley that has unlimited bowling Friday/Saturday nights for $10 for 3 hours!

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining options available, and accommodations for those with special food needs (celiac/ vegetarian). What I don't like is the limited options of meal plans and how quickly the increase in price. Every freshman must have a plan giving unlimited swipes to dining halls, and if they choose to, they can get retail meals, and unless you use at least 6 of your 7 every week (they reset every week) you loose money.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are better than others, it all depends on the age of them. Either way, they are nice and spacious, and it is easy to get what you need from residence life staff. The RA's are also very good about coming quickly if someone is locked out or neighbors are being loud during quiet hours.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are amazing, there are many different kinds of classes, and a wide variety of choices to let you pick what you would like to take to fulfill your general requirements. The actual difficulty of classes varies on the professors, although I have found that those with adjuncts are not as good as those with the full-time professors. If you have a choice, choose a full-time Elon professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are plenty of clubs on campus that can help you find your niche and your group of amazing friends. Also, don't be afraid to go talk to a professor during their office hours, they are always happy to see you, and I have only ever asked to come back later when a professor is with another student!

    In three sentences

    Amazing Campus, amazing professors, amazing community. The surrounding areas love Elon students because we do hours and hours of community service with them.

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for absolutely everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At convocation, the incoming freshmen receive an acorn (since Elon means oak in Hebrew). At graduation, students receive a sapling symbolizing their growth throughout college. Every year the President has a holiday party at his home and invites the entire student body.

    What to do for fun

    There are always different sporting events or cultural activities on the weekends. Elon isn't very far from Greensboro and there is TONS to do there. Elon is close to shopping centers and many restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple dining halls for students' convenience and there are always different options. Obviously, nothing can beat home-cooked food, but the options at Elon come pretty close.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are safety locations where you can call on a phone for help, as well as several numbers that can be programmed in the phone. I never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Though I did not participate in Greek life, I have many friends who did and loved it. There are a lot of sororities and fraternities that offer lots of opportunities for socializing, meeting friends, and helping the community through a particular organization.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ballroom is very fun. There are a lot of clubs available and there is an Org Fair at the beginning of each year to inform students of their options.

    Great for these types of students

    Theatre, business, science (there is a cadaver lab), and outgoing students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is Luminaries every December, which is where there is available cider and cocoa, caroling, and the lighting of the Christmas lights on the trees. The Turning 21 Dinner is another big hit, where students are able to invite a professor or mentor to a dinner hosted by Elon in celebration of their 21st birthday.

    Bang for the buck

    Elon University completely prepares students for post-graduate life through education and life experiences. There are many opportunities to make connections while in college that will help people after they graduate.

    What to do for fun

    Movie theatre, bowling, shopping, eating out, hiking, canoeing, nights in with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to make close relationships with your professors. They can help you locally, such as in the community and at the university, but can also put you in contact with other people, such as for internships and jobs. Be sure to make the most of the opportunities given to you, such as study abroad.

    In three sentences

    Elon University creates a wonderful learning environment for students through opportunities for study abroad, research, and close connections with professors. I have not only gone abroad for a semester and administered a research project, but I have made lasting friendships and learned a lot from professors.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 40

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    The most beautiful and welcoming campus I have visited. I absolutely love this school. Can't wait to attend Fall of 2013

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Globally aware, interested in liberal arts, interested in any subject

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jump into all of the fountains within an hour before graduation! Also, at the new student convocation - the student receives an acorn. This symbolizes the growth that a student will have by the time they graduate - where they receive an oak tree sapling.

    Bang for the buck

    Elon was rated a Best Value College by Princeton Review

    What to do for fun

    Organizations such as Autism Speaks, Intramural Sports, Advertising Club, etc. Acapella concerts, club sports, events such as The Color Run and The Zumbathon

    Food and Dining

    The food at Elon is great, there are so many options. They are currently building an International Dining Hall with foods from all over the world. And brunch at Colonnades is the best on weekend mornings!

    Dorm Life

    I love living in the all girls hall! The rooms are very big considering what a normal dorm room size is. Our dorm is very up to date and usually very clean. My dorm is right in the middle of campus - and although I don't recommend this, you can wake up 5 minutes before class and make it on time.

    Academic Rigor

    Elon provides a broad range of classes with endless resources to help you. Free tutoring for every subject is available every weeknight, and the writing center is open every night. Professors also hold office hours during the week - which is time used specifically to help students. Most of my professors and I are on a first name basis even though most have PhD's and/or doctorates. Professors go above and beyond to help you with material but they expect you to be responsible for missed class work. Class sizes are capped at around 30 students so it is much easier to learn material here than it would be at a large state school of 200 students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you fall in love with Elon, as I did, when you visit - apply Early Decision! It is the best thing I ever did!

    In three sentences

    Elon is a globally aware, liberal arts university with incredible, caring professors. Professors go to great lengths to help you and challenge you to form your own opinions and objectives. Not only is Elon beautiful, it is a community that I will always feel safe and welcome.

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You will learn to love Smith Jackson emails. Smith Jackson is the infamous Vice President for student life at Elon. He is responsible for sending emails and text alerts regarding all safety and wellness information on and off campus, frequently offering detailed reports of any suspicious or alarming activity, tips and instructions on how to avoid sketchy situations and he makes it very clear that student safety is a priority. We also have the blue light system, which I know many universities have to alert campus officials. The security cars drive around everywhere at all hours and Safe Rides is a student-run taxi service, which provides free transportation on, and off-campus, great for staying safe and not getting in trouble if you are traveling while intoxicated. I definitely feel very safe walking around Elon at night, although it would be advised not to walk too far off campus alone. Living on-campus freshman and sophomore year, although I've never had to go far, I have never felt unsafe walking alone at any hour.

    Greek Life

    I am not a member of Greek life at Elon. I remember reading these reviews in high school and being concerned about the presence and popularity of it. If you're interesting in joining a sorority or fraternity, go for it! A lot of my friends are members and have all had wonderful experiences. If you're looking for sisterhood, brotherhood or another social outlet, Greek life at Elon is a good fit for you. However, if you're thinking twice about whether this is your scene, already have sisters like me, or just aren't sure - do not let any comments about the Greek scene at Elon deter you from this school! You'll figure it out and one great thing about Elon is that you won't go through recruitment until after Winter Term, giving you a good 5 months to feel it out. You might find, like me that you have enough on your plate or don't want to put forth the expenses. You will definitely find groups to be a part of that are a good fit for you. However, it can't hurt to go through recruitment and see if you find a group of girls or guys you just can't imagine your Elon experience without. However, if it doesn't really interest you - No worries. You will still find a group of girls or guys you can't imagine your Elon experience without. I promise!

    Clubs and Activities

    So many choices! From sports teams to religious groups and honors societies to cooking clubs - you will learn about them all at the organization fair in the fall. Do not worry, there is something for everyone. And if not? Create it. My friend is an Irish dancer but there wasn't an Irish dancing club at Elon so she got a group of girls together and helped start one. I know the communications groups are really, really great. There's our student television station, Elon Local News (so professional), Elon Tonight (comparable to Saturday Night Live - HILARIOUS), E-Talk (awesome talk show), The Pendulum student newspaper, The Edge Student Magazine, Live Oak communications agency, Public Relations Student Society, American Advertising Federation - and so many more! And I just know of these became I'm in the School of Comm but I'm sure every discipline has similar opportunities. Another prime example - We have a great Spanish center, a space is where Spanish natives can feel at home and those learning about the Spanish language and culture can immerse themselves within it through conversation classes, cooking classes and movie showings. AND if you spend 140 hours here, they give you up to $600 towards a plane ticket to any Spanish speaking country of your choice. These are just a couple of the opportunities Elon offers through clubs and activities which I have found to definitely help me learn, grow and enjoy my Elon experience. Like I said, you'll find your niche.

    Great for these types of students

    Elon is a great place for leaders and for energetic hands-on learners who are determined to make a difference. There are not many introverts or students that are here just to study and get a degree. Elon is all about the experience, about becoming a global learner with a broad realm of knowledge and a set of skills ready to be applied to whatever field you're entering as well as to every other aspect of your life. Elon is great for students that care about more than grades but are still willing to work, want to succeed, make changes for the better and overall, be happy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best Elon tradition is Leo Lambertâ??s, our presidentâ??s, Holiday party. He invites all students to his house, the week before winter break, for a Christmas party. There is great food, caroling and you can wait in line to have your picture taken with Leo. THEN he mails it home to your family in a Christmas card. Such a good PR move! Another fun Holiday tradition is the luminaries, when all the campus comes out for free hot chocolate, caroling, and the lighting of the campus. It's always a fun way to wrap up the fall semester and welcome the holidays. Unusual - West Dormitory is said to be haunted! Although I lived there and never had any ghostly experiences, it's an ongoing legend that Mary haunts 3rd floor West. It is said that she jumped out a window when escaping the great fire - HOWEVER this legend does not make sense since West Dormitory is supposed to be the only building to have survived the fire of 1923. But nevertheless, the stories continue and it's fun to blame her when weird stuff happens. If you make it up in time for brunch Saturday or Sunday morning, you'll see the maintenance staff hard at work replacing bricks. Bricks that had been stolen the night before. I guess it's an Elon tradition to steel a brick at one point or another - it is quite the nuisance for cyclists or walkers who trip before poor maintenance has time to replace them all!

    Bang for the buck

    In comparison to other private schools with a great reputation, Elon is fairly priced. However, it is still expensive and the tuition is rising. It's just important to apply for scholarships and aid and if Elon is the place you want to be, hopefully they'll help you make it work financially. Elon constantly tops the charts for being one of the best value liberal arts schools and is definitely going to be a name recognized by employers. The alumni base is really strong and the statistics about employed graduates are promising! Elon is no steal and for in state North Carolinians, it's very expensive compared to the state school options. But for those looking out of state elsewhere, especially at schools in the North East like I was, Elon is reasonable and worth it!

    What to do for fun

    Elon has a really great cultural calendar put out every semester with a list full of impressive speakers, shows and performances. The Student Union Board also does a really great job putting on activities such as movies on the lawn, late night meals, concerts, hypnotists and bingo games. Elon's beautiful lawns and great weather throughout most of the year are definitely conducive to good Frisbee games and outside time. You can rent bikes from Campus Recreation or take the Elon Bio Bus into Alamance Crossing to dine or shop! Elon is NOT a commuter school - nobody leaves on the weekends so there is always something going on. It's also kind of in the middle of nowhere, so people really do stick around and don't leave campus all that often. Freshman year, I hardly left at all. Sophomore year I had friends with cars so we would drive to the movies, out to dinner or to Target more often. Not much happens downtown Burlington but it is worth exploring on a Sunday afternoon! It's quiet but has a few cute furniture and thrift stores and a great Co-Op where a lot of people go for healthy, fresh food. All in all, I would say Elon really gives you no reason to leave campus - there is always plenty going on and enough fun to be had without having to go very far or spend any money!

    Food and Dining

    I think the food at Elon is great. There are definitely days where you walk through the dining hall and just aren't in the mood for it but those are the days you wouldn't want whatever your mom is cooking either. There are SO many options. McEwen has great pasta and stir-fry. If I'm in the mood for salad, Colonades is the place to go because it's a self-serve salad bar with every kind of vegetable you can imagine. There is a sandwich and wrap station, pizza station, great bakery, always cereal and milk and the meals of the day are usually really good. This semester Elon opened a new dining hall that is awesome. More vegetarian and vegan options too! If there is something particular you miss about food at home or are annoyed with the dining hall for, speak up! McEwen didn't have my favorite salad dressing - balsamic - so I wrote it down on one of the surveys emailed about the dining services and a week later, they had balsamic dressing! Take advantage of those opportunities to share your thoughts and concerns.

    Dorm Life

    My freshman year I lived in West Dormitory, the oldest dorm on campus, and all-girls. LOVED IT. Our floor was a family and my suitemates and hallmates, all assigned completely random, are my best friends still today. The housing at Elon is really great. In comparison to other buildings, and my dorm assignment sophomore year, my room in West was the smallest and crappiest but I would not change a thing about it. It's college and despite what you think, it really doesn't matter how nice or big your room is. It's the people you are surrounded by. And I think the older dorms have much more of a community than the newer ones. Sophomore year I lived in Colonades which are BEAUTIFUL modern dorms but the hallways are more narrow and the doors are heavy. It didn't matter much in my case because by sophomore year nobody was really trying too hard to make new friends, as we were all settled and had found our place at Elon, but as a freshman, West was perfect - everyone would leave their doors open and there would often be a bunch of us just hanging out in the hallway. Every dorm building has its own day-to-day ways of life. No matter where you choose to live, the residence assistants and area council will ensure that your experience is a memorable one. And it will be unique - my story won't necessarily help you and neither will anyone else's - your dorm life is up to you!

    Academic Rigor

    In my experience within the Communications, Spanish and Business departments, you will have to work hard but it will be meaningful and if you learn to manage your time, you won't be too overwhelmed. It is college. Your classes will be challenging. But you are not going to die. The class sizes are small enough that you know your professors, they know you, they genuinely care, they are willing to help and believe it or not, they want you to succeed. They also hold you accountable and you won't be able to skip class and hope they don't notice, or fall asleep in the back of the room. Elon does a really great job providing tools to help you do well. The tutoring center is available for assistance in all subject areas. There is a writing center for papers. You will survive and if you put forth the effort, you will thrive. What really makes Elon academically rigorous is the fact that the clubs and activities and extracurricular are so rigorous that the hard part is putting aside enough time and energy for class and homework on top of everything else! And I mean this in a positive way - as many or most of the clubs and activities provide great real world work experience or opportunities for networking within fields of interest. Or they at least ensure that you are happy, which is just as important. My point is that the average Elon student is very busy and involved with a full course load. And it is not easy, but it is manageable and you will get a heck of a lot out of it in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    VISIT! Once, twice, three times if you have to! You'll know if Elon feels right to you. Take the chance to walk through the department that interests you, talk to professors and ask students about the characteristics of a university that mean the most to you. Class size, financial aid, dorm life, parties? Apply early action if not early decision. Early decision is binding, so if you're dead set on Elon and don't want to be anywhere else then by all means, apply early decision. But if you're not sure what they'll give you financially or still want to keep your options open, at least apply early action so that you have more time to make the right choice. Also, if you are eligible, definitely apply for any applicable fellows programs. I know that sometimes they're overlooked or you might not want to bother, but the fellows programs are amazing. At least read about them online and see if you're eligible and if so, can't hurt to apply! Do you know what you want to do? Elon is a great school no matter what your intended major is but I have to admit, it is not often I hear of an engineering major and in the case that I have, I think to myself - why? It is definitely very well known for its business, teaching and communications schools. You can't go wrong if you're interested in one of these areas.

    In three sentences

    Elon University was the first of many schools I toured, but was evidently not forgotten as I'm in the second semester of my sophomore year here and cannot speak highly enough of the place I now call home. It is not only a beautiful campus but it's an incredible community full of life, love and support that will help you create the most incredible memories during the best 4 years of your life as well as build a strong foundation for a successful and meaningful life after Elon. If you're willing to work hard, the opportunities you'll find to fulfill your passion are here.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    24/hour campus security that are not intimidating just helpful

    Greek Life

    ridiculous

    Clubs and Activities

    variety and if you cant find what you like you can create the club

    Great for these types of students

    engaged adventurous undecided planned

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    luminaries many that are secret until you are a student

    Bang for the buck

    awesome degree from a private university with a lot included

    What to do for fun

    parties, clubs, movies, concerts

    Food and Dining

    better than a lot of universities and good variety

    Dorm Life

    Constantly improving

    Academic Rigor

    depends on major

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure Elon feels like home and if it does, get ready for it. Befriend professors! They are happy to help you in any way.

    In three sentences

    Elon University is academically rigorous. The Greek life is intimidating and often overwhelms social life. Study abroad opportunities are wonderful.

  • 09/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have Elon Campus Safety/Police housed with the Town of Elon Police because we are a small college town, so you never have to worry about safety.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is definitely large on campus, but there is no pressure to be involved in Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus that you will never be bored!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a driving range (golf) on campus as well as a couple of lakes. One tradition that should be returning, when construction of the new dorms is done, is the Polar Bear Plunge, which give students the opportunity to jump into one of the lakes in January or February. We also have a non-Greek event called Festivus, at which students get together and play/wrestle in a giant mud puddle.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the price of attending Elon is high, I would definitely say that it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are always things to do at Elon. We have countless extracurricular activities including: club/varsity sports, cooking club, recreational center, sports games, movie nights on the lawn, concerts, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    We are currently adding to our options for food, including a new international dining hall, which helps to broaden the palates of our students and faculty.

    Dorm Life

    I would definitely recommend dorm life for the first two years or so. It is nice to live with a bunch of other people who can become your family away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    Although some of the classes can be difficult and time consuming, I would be willing to bet that we have some of the best classes and professors in the country.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely recommend doing a tour of campus. After doing some research about the school, I visited, and that is when I fell in love. There are also many opportunities for scholarships and grants if you need them, so don't hesitate to look at that, too.

    In three sentences

    Elon is absolutely the best school ever. Not only have we been rated #1 Most Beautiful Campus in the Princeton Review, we also have some of the top programs in the country for Musical Theater and Business. The academics are great, the people are friendly, the campus is gorgeous, and the possibilities are endless!

  • 07/14/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    33 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I felt very safe on campus even at night each time I visited.

    Great for these types of students

    Self-motivating, inquisitive, academically inclined students who want to enjoy college life, enjoy social interaction, and eventually make a difference in the world

    Bang for the buck

    Elon is much more expensive than the NC public colleges, but I believe it will be well worth my parents' money :) (So do they!)

    What to do for fun

    Greek life, clubs, dorm activities.

    Food and Dining

    I have visited the campus 3 times and the food has been good every time - lots of choices.

    Dorm Life

    There are many choices, so make your deposit early so you have a better chance of getting where you want to live.

    Academic Rigor

    From all the information I have received, this is a very academically challenging institution.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus more than once. Read all the online reviews. Take all the tours and weekend visits that are offered. If you are moving here from the Northern part of the country, also visit the cities closest to Elon.

    In three sentences

    I am very excited to be attending Elon this fall. Each faculty member I met was helpful and took time to answer all my questions. I feel this school will provide academic challenges and social opportunities.

  • 07/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have so many emergency button alerts around campus. Probably one at least every fifty feet. As for the campus police, they are great. They will drive students back to their dorms who are going long distances after studying late at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at Elon is a chance for people to bond and get close together. Fraternities there are nice, and some are very different from one another (you can get your typical, narcissistic jock to your all around caring gentleman. Greek life isn't for everyone, so don't feel bad if you feel like you won't fit in or if you don't get a bid.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many options. A cappella groups, language clubs, autism speaks, after school programs, tutoring, intramural sports. We have everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Elon, in my opinion can suit anybody. There are kids into music, theater, sports, arts, science, languages, dance, and independent kids that don't have a specific label.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When you have convocation at the beginning of freshman year, you receive an acorn, showing how you start at Elon. By the time you graduate, you get an oak sapling to show how you've grown and evolved at Elon. It's cheesy (in a good way), but it shows togetherness and growth.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many choices. If you want to go Greek, rush/pledge a fraternity or sorority. Find out what's right for you: there are many clubs and associations where people volunteer, or get together to share interests, such as languages or cinematography and even a cappella groups.

    Food and Dining

    What I like about Elon's food plan is that the dining hall has great food. They have salad bars, buffet style, pizza centers, sandwich shops, cafes, basically everything. The only downside is: meal plans because sometimes you don't want to go to the dining hall, and most of it is covered for that.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Elon has so many options. There are suite styles with single rooms, double rooms, apartments,the Station at Mill Point, Danieley Center, and expanded single rooms on its own. Global Neighborhoods just opened as well, where there are even study rooms, studios, and common rooms all over the place. There are about twenty learning communities, and there is something for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    Elon has great academics, in my opinion. Some courses may be challenging and strenuous, but that will happen anywhere. Know what your study habits are, and some professors may be easy, and some may not, but set time to study though so you don't get a bad GPA and so you won't waste the money you pay to attend.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in Elon, don't make the assumption that all the kids are in the specific preppy, jock, wealthy stereotype. When starting college, it may be rough, but you will find your niche soon. Visit your professor!!, they will appreciate you coming to them because they like that you took the effort to visit them, and it can sure you're working hard (especially if your grade is borderline, it could add a boost).

    In three sentences

    Elon is a wonderful university, and is everything I could ever want in a college. It has great professors, well rounded students, a variety of majors, internship opportunities, a beautiful campus. My favorite is the options for studying abroad, with the variety of studying on almost every continent.

  • 10/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The third night on campus, I broke the cardinal rule of not walking across campus alone at night. I passed a few police offers sitting in a parking lot who waved, and I felt very safe. Since it's a private school, we don't have crazy pit preachers or anything like that, so the campus is fairly quiet, and it feels very safe.

    Greek Life

    I'm not personally involved in Greek life, but about half of the students here are. IF YOU LIKE GREEK LIFE YOU SHOULD COME TO ELON BECAUSE YOU WILL EASILY FIT IN!

    Clubs and Activities

    At the organization fair, I was so excited to see all the options for clubs and organizations that I ended up signing up for like, twenty things. I'm involved in 3 now. Point being, Elon has so many opportunities to get involved in so many different areas that you are bound to find something that you enjoy!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy a small, comfortable yet sophisticated atmosphere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the beginning of freshman year, at first year convocation, all freshman are given an acorn (Elon means oak in Hebrew). At graduation, students are given a sapling tree to plant wherever they go. It's a cool little circle-of-life deal.

    Bang for the buck

    Elon is great about helping you get internships - they have so many communications with great companies and are very willing to help you get in contact with them! That was a huge deciding factor for me.

    What to do for fun

    Greensboro is a quick drive away, and there's so much to do there. Concerts, museums, night life - lots of cool stuff. The Student Union Board is always planning cool stuff, too, like movie nights on the lawn and A Capella performances in the coffee shop on campus.

    Food and Dining

    When my friends from North Carolina public schools visit, they marvel at the food we have at Elon! The dining halls do a great job to provide delicious food that varies a lot. The meal plans allow you to eat as much as you want, too, and they even have to-go boxes if you're in a hurry. The dining hall hours are a little annoying, though, and if you have a dietary restriction (vegan, gluten free, vegetarian) it will be slightly more difficult.

    Dorm Life

    Elon is a prime example of your dorm affecting your social life. I live on arguably the quietest hall on campus, and the kids don't really socialize. In other dorms, though, the kids keep their doors open all the time and are like a big, loud family. Some dorms are known for being wild, other for being quiet. It's really all over the place.

    Academic Rigor

    It might be the classes that I am taking this semester, but I am finding the work load in college to be equivalent, if not less than my course load during junior and senior year of high school (I went to a private high school that was heavily academic, so that might have something to do with it?). The quality of the academics though is still great, and very manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up your high school academics, involvement in the community and clubs, and make sure you're well-rounded. That's the cliche stuff. In terms of figuring out if Elon is the right fit, talk to someone that currently attends here about culture and academics - not a tour guide, though. Remember that they're paid by the university to make it seem like heaven on earth, so if you want an honest conversation about the school, they aren't necessarily the ones to ask.

    In three sentences

    Elon is located in a small town near Greensboro, North Carolina, and is home to one of the prettiest campuses in the nation. The students here are friendly and sophisticated, many of them pursuing careers in business, education, and communications. Since it's such a small school, there is a very personal feel to every endeavor - from classes to clubs to even the dining halls!

  • 12/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They're great at keeping Elon safe but they can be very rude for no reason. They ticket a lot and break up parties way too often which is frustrating to many students.

    Greek Life

    Super active at Elon! The greek life at Elon is great: they are active in philanthropy, committed to one another, and are not very catty or big on hazing. As a new student you feel that almost everyone is a member of greek life because there is a large percentage of students that are active in greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs at Elon but it seems that only a few are really well organized and worth being a member ofâ?¦ The exception of this being the acapella groups.

    Great for these types of students

    Most of the students at Elon are preppy,

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -College Coffee: On Tuesdays where students can go by and pick up free coffee and other breakfast foods. -Stealing bricks form the sidewalk every year throughout your time at Elon -Attending the christmas parties at the president's house

    Bang for the buck

    Much cheaper than other schools of its status but at the same time, Elon doesn't offer a break to their students when it comes to their meal plan and other fees.

    What to do for fun

    Most Elon students go out at least once from Thursday to Saturday.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plans are sometimes confusing and can be pricy but overall Elon offers great meal choices to their students.

    Dorm Life

    Excellent dorms that are much larger than your average college dorm. Elon gives various options for living which get better throughout your years.

    Academic Rigor

    This part really depends on the professor because some professors are way harder than others. There are also teachers who grade deflate way more than others which is frustrating to many students who do the same amount of work as other students but get lower grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're really sensitive about how others think about your appearance and personality, Elon might not be the right school for you. Although there are 5,000 undergrads which may seem like there is more diversity, most people fit the 'Elon type'. Most people are preppy and do care about how others perceive them which puts immense pressure on many students.

    In three sentences

    Elon University is an excellent choice for any student. It has a beautiful campus, great professors, and friendly students. Considered one of the nations up and coming schools, Elon is one of the best and least expensive private schools.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 40

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are clubs, club sports, intramural sports, Elonthon, student employment, several parks near campus, a gym, recreational field, and numerous events on campus to attend.

    Food and Dining

    The food is exceptional several different dining halls with different options at each one. Elon also has a Chik - fi- la, Biscuitville, a few restuarants on campus, and a couple coffee shops.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home so I do not know much about dorm life but I have heard it is wonderful at Elon.

    Academic Rigor

    Elon University professors give a lot of work but its not to bad. The projects and papers I have had to do are not impossible and I enjoyed doing the assignments because they help the student get out in the world and interact with professionals in the field the student is going into. Elon is writing intensive so lots of writing but the classes are very enjoyable and relatable to what the student will experience in the workforce.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students are to get involved with clubs and organizations in order to meet friends and get in touch with professors. Forming relationships with the professors especially helps to clarify questions and to work with them better to improve grades. I also would say to enjoy the beautiful campus because it does not feel as if you are at school at all.

    In three sentences

    I transferred to Elon University in the fall of 2013 because I did not enjoy my college experience at my previous college and I wanted to be closer to home for family and personal reasons that I was experiencing at the time. I came to Elon University because the school was in my hometown. The first week I fell in love with Elon University and its beautiful campus, the other students, and the professors. The classes were exceptional and I really enjoyed my learning experience. I would definitely recommend Elon University to anyone who wants a personal learning experience that is close to fellow students and professors.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for people from up North and people from Maryland and Jersey its like a high school reunion for those states. Also if students are very wealthy and parents can donate a lot of money.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Elon is great! Food wise at Elon keeps expanding with remodeling going on more and more food chain places are being brought to Elon. Dinning halls are delicious with great workers who are very friendly. Starbucks was recently brought back to campus, along with Starbuck there are great smoothie and restaurants within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is continuing to grow with a lot of improvement of renovating building and adding more. Although mainly freshman dorms are bad and no walking distance of classes especially with cold weather its painful. Freshman dorms are bad unless paying for top of the notch dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Elon is a writing school so it very important to be willing to attend a school where papers are handed out like candy at doctor's offices. Very hard to get an A on a writing assignment unless you have worked extremely hard and attended sessions with the writing center.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a car to campus because without it you will remain on campus and be limited. No stores or mall are walking distance which require you to bring a car to get around and be familiar with Elon and Burlington. Be care with what fraternity or sorority you'd like to join hazing is very bad at Elon and dangerous.

    In three sentences

    Elon University is an awful school where majority of students are wealthy and are mean to local students. Although the education is okay drug abuse is very big at Elon with Cocaine being drug abused. Each year the school continues to go downhill from education to sports like football.

  • 02/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 40

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe

    Greek Life

    Rush here is only a week and the pledging is six weeks. I chose not to be in a fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many to choose from

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated, business oriented, communication oriented, serious students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The fountain at the Business School

    Bang for the buck

    Elon has scholarships from endowments which you can apply for which can be for both merit or need-based which offset the cost some.

    What to do for fun

    Sleep, stay active, socialize, and it helps to work with people that have the same ideas and interests in majors.

    Food and Dining

    The campus dining halls sometimes don't have hours that agree with college life. The food is decent, but not the same is at home. However, there are places where you can use your Phoenix cash or Access + 7 to give yourself some variety such as Mexican, Pizza, Chik-fil-A, etc.

    Dorm Life

    It's OK. The dorm I am in my freshmen year is the furthest away from everything so I hope to be closer next year. My suite has three bathrooms and I have one roommate and six suitemates. Everybody should agree to do their parts in the cleaning.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging in that they do prepare you for the future. You can pretty much get the education that you are willing to work for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to bring good walking shoes and have money available at orientation to put on your Phoenix card. The All Access + 7 is the best meal plan choice. Make sure you have some form of entertainment or activity for stress relief. Plan to be the best that you can be.

    In three sentences

    Elon offers a fantastic liberal arts school, opportunities for study abroad, and has an excellent employability rating. They offer both intramural and school sports. Their staff is always willing to help with tutoring and advising. It is the #1 most beautiful college campus.

  • 03/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    very prominent on campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    festivus! if you don't know what it is, you will! best day of every year

    What to do for fun

    join clubs and organizations

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved!

    In three sentences

    a Northern school in the South. It is very preppy. And has friendly people