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Elon, NC
Undergrads
5,209
Tuition
$28,980
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Things are fair I think

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Things can be far sometimes

3 College Senior

Nightlife: It is a small school, so it can be repetitive

4 College Senior

Greek Life: It's a big component of Elon culture

2 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity is out #1 initiative

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Year to year I am always worried about tuition

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Professors are invested in you and your education

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I haven't heard much on this topic

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There is enough so everyone is housed.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: We have many options available

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: It is very preppy. Most people have similar styles

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Every Thursday-Saturday, at least a handful of parties are being thrown. For first-year students, their only options will be frat parties at off-campus houses, which girls will get into no problem, and boys will be thrown out of. Come Spring, when students are affiliated, the organizations will co-host mixers, pregames, and other parties that will help the younger students socialize. By junior year, most students live in leased apartments or off-campus houses, and will host parties for birthdays or other special occasions, which tend to be smaller, focused on conversation and friends, and more accepting of unaffiliated students.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Everyone at Elon is flawlessly beautiful and always put-together. Girls will wear dresses and makeup to 8am classes, and guys are always walking around in Sperrys and salmon-colored shorts. Appearance is extremely important to everyone, and you'll definitely feel like an outcast if you don't wear name-brand clothes. A smaller population of students don't ascribe to that (me included), but for the most part you can identify a core apparel style that most students fit into.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: As an RA, I help enforce university policies on a daily basis. I am aware of all of them, and there are some that I just hate dealing with. I will take a more lenient approach to some situations, because I believe it's not worth my trouble to chase students down or fill out paperwork for minor infractions. I tend to give warnings to students and reinforce the idea of surveillance rather than prosecution. I have worked with campus security many times, and while they're usually good for larger parties or drug busts, I find that sometimes they can be too harsh and can further muddle a situation. I prefer to deal with students one-on-one and build trust with them, not so they feel they can get away with more, but that they will correct their behavior out of respect for others.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The sexual climate of Elon is a mystery. Since we have a ratio of 3:2 women to men, the men feel they can be more discerning, and the women think they need to be more promiscuous. There are few serious couples on campus; instead, students use parties as a way to have quick, meaningless hookups with each other, and then be forced to share the same school for the next few years. There are a lot of deeply-ingrained societal flaws that the students buy into, which harm relationships and self-esteem. I have heard of and witnessed sexual assault on campus, and haven't known much to be done about it. For the most part, campus security penalizes students for parking violations and other small infractions, instead of focusing on more harmful behaviors. I've known a few men to go free after committing sexual crimes, and that doesn't help the safety factors at all.

4 College Senior

Facilities: I mean, Elon University has been declared the most beautiful college campus in the country for like five years running. And there are some gorgeous spots on campus. The newer dorms are like hotels, the landscaping is meticulously maintained, the architecture is simple and clean, and interior design is never short-changed. Of course, sometimes the administration focuses more on increasing amenities and curb appeal than on the actual function or practical use of spaces.

2 College Senior

Diversity: The university likes to boast that we're super diverse, but we're really not. They accept more black, hispanic, and international students every year, but diversity goes beyond skin color. Perhaps our struggle lies in the intrinsic culture of the school, and the fact that it's very expensive. Most students are well-off, southern preppy, Republicans, vaguely religious/spiritual, and straight. There isn't much deviation from that, except maybe in the Performing Arts department. Also, they offer almost every black or hispanic student full scholarships even though most of them can pay. Meanwhile, I'm scraping by because I'm white.

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4 College Senior

Majors: Specifically within Strategic Communications, I've gotten a lot of in-class experience, but also some real-world experience. Professors emphasize the hard skills we learn by giving us projects that mimic those we would do in the workplace. I've completed assignments that can be used for resume-building purposes, as well as made networking connections. The school facilitates our success through social and educational events.

3 College Senior

Majors: I took part in the Elon in NYC program last summer, which was 9 weeks living, working, and studying in Manhattan with other Elon students. We met as a class on Mondays to learn about the city and get an upper level credit, and then Tuesday-Friday we worked at our internship sites. I worked for the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club as their PR/Marketing intern. It wasn't what I set out to do, but I took the position because it was good experience, I related to the cause, and I was able to build connections anyway. Finding an internship was difficult, but we were prepped beforehand by career counselors and had access to the Elon Job Network, which made it easier.

2 College Senior

Athletics: No one cares about athletes except for the athletes and their trainers/coaches/etc. Still, the university thinks athletics needs to be a bigger focus on campus, so they pour tons of money into camps, facilities, and tuition. Whereas I get little to no financial aid (and sincerely need it), most athletes will get full rides, plus stipends, tutoring, textbooks, and other perks that are unreachable for regular students. It's extremely biased and unfair, especially considering at the end of the day that no one pays attention to sports, and most of our teams are terrible.

4 College Senior

Academics: As a double major, I can speak to a few different academic aspects. In Creative Writing, we enjoy small workshop classes, focused on peer review and critical thinking, even though some of my classmates can be pretentious. In Strategic Communications, we have access to the best equipment, software, and professors you could ask for. I've been given many opportunities for success and training in the communications school, and they're very supportive of creative and professional endeavors.

3 College Senior

Academics: Freshman year is always disappointing, because if you don't come in with a declared major, you're expected to "try out everything," which eventually just slows you down. I took a bunch of useless classes because I had no choice, and the past two years I've been scrambling to get my two majors and minor done. It's honestly a miracle that I'll be graduating on time, afters starting one major sophomore year and studying abroad for a semester. Registration is notoriously stressful, but always works out in the end. We're also #1 in the country for study abroad, which is often completed by students during our 3-week Winter Term. Kids love bragging that they're well-traveled, without having to actually try to adjust to foreign academic standards and cultural differences.

2 College Senior

Greek Life: As a GDI, I don't necessarily resent Greeks, but I can see the huge negative impact they have on student life. One good thing they do right is delay rush until the Spring, so first-years have some time to decide if that's the life for them. Still, 50% of women and 30% of men are in sororities or fraternities. The sororities take over campus with "philanthropy" events, letter shirts, petty rivalries, and formal dances. The fraternities throw all the off-campus parties that students attend, but they only admit girls and brothers, effectively ruining the ratio and promoting sexually competitive behavior. In general, their presence is overwhelming and unavoidable, and something you just have to get used to as an unaffiliated student.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Burlington, NC has the most restaurants per capita of any city in the nation, but that being said, it's mostly a lot of fast food options. Coming from the North, I was surprised by the sheer number of fast food chains that exist--and Burlington has at least one of each. But there are also some amazing Mexican, Chinese, and Italian places within a reasonable distance, so I think the food options are actually quite good.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: We're located right outside of Burlington, an old factory town with lots of shopping centers and fast food restaurants. It's a pretty poor area, and there isn't much cultural or historical appeal. Students find themselves staying on campus on the weekends and partying a lot. We do not have a good relationship with the locals.

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Lauren Flood
Hometown
Ridgefield, CT
Major
Business Administration (Minor: Leadership)
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Elon students enjoy the experience of attending the school, but as with many things there are drawbacks. The community is small and quiet, and other schools are approximately a half hour away. But even though there are drawbacks, and students can sometimes feel like they wish they were somewhere else, they still can't imagine being at anywhere else. Socially, there is a Greek scene, but students also throw parties in their houses and/or apartments. There is also an abundance of nightlife that is in Greensboro, which is only 20-30 minutes away and well worth the trip.

The academic curriculum can be rigorous at times, but the professors are willing to help in any way that they can. Elon's student body is great even though they can be a little difficult to deal with at times; there are not a lot of complaints about the University other than its diversity issues and the size of the town. But don't be fooled by Elon's size-it may not be for everyone, but life at Elon can be a great experience.

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