Elon, NC
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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Always something to do, but I never feel judged if I don't' do things.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Some buildings are really nice, some are really old, but pretty

5 College Junior

Facilities: Elon is designated as a botanical garden, so it's beautiful! Elon actually means "oak" in Hebrew. The campus is covered in beautiful oak trees. We have gorgeous fountains and lots of green space. Most residences through Elon have some sort of fun amenities such as a common space with TVs, kitchens, a pool, volleyball or basketball courts, etc. Elon has many traditions. One of the best traditions is the Luminaries ceremony in December, celebrating all winter holidays. It's a celebration of religious diversity and holiday cheer as the whole campus is lit up in twinkling lights and Santa comes to visit!

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Elon is a fairly new campus itself. There is constantly construction going on to improve facilities. Therefore, most buildings on campus are beautiful and new with all the latest technologies and whatnot. There are so many organizations on campus (Greek and non-Greek) that host events for members and the greater campus community. There is always something going on. Professors at Elon get to know students and genuinely care about student success. You are not a number at Elon. You are part of a community. Traditions, such as College Coffee where the whole community gathers for donuts and coffee on Tuesday mornings, support this statement. Opportunities at Elon are endless! The school itself is well known for creating global citizens and leaders, due in part to our wonderful study abroad center and programs.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: My school has been voted most beautiful campus for three years running and it is gorgeous. The buildings are well maintained and there is an enormous amount of construction going on currently. I love the lighting of the campus at Christmas and dinner at the presidents house. Two wonderful traditions. Some activities just need more students to come out like coffee with the faculty. Greek Life is fun and offers another option for social actitivity

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 24th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 24th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 159th
    Best Library
  • 274th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 281st
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Flood
Ridgefield, CT
Business Administration (Minor: Leadership)
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All of the facilities are new and state-of-the-art. For those into sports and fitness, there have two gyms, an indoor pool, and three aerobic studios, as well as soccer, baseball, and football fields. The fitness center has both cardiovascular equipment and free weights. The school also offers 21 intramural sports and 21 club sports. The student center is beautiful—the marble floors, Elon spirit clothes and souvenirs, and the advertisements for cultural events and clubs all add to the feeling that there’s something for everyone.

Elon offers many programs in performing arts, and so, in turn, has quite an extensive theatre. McCrary Theatre, the largest, is where most of the musicals are held. Then there’s the Yeager Recital Hall, Whitley Auditorium, and the Black Box Theatre, which are all well-kept and provide plenty of room for different types of performances and lectures on campus. The Koury Business Center is beautiful with three floors and a finance center that simulates a real stock trading room, with plasma screens to deliver cable financial news and an electronic stock crawl that provides the latest data from global financial markets. The McMichael Science Center is completely state-of-the-art with four floors of opportunity in the sciences, including a cadaver lab.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
575 acres
Student Centers
Moseley Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Belk Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Acorn Coffee Shop
  • Alamance Fountain
  • Belk Library, first floor
  • Fireside Lounge
  • Koury Business Center
  • Moseley Front Lawn (aka "the boobs")
  • The Zone
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Acorn Coffee Shop
  • Java City at Koury Business Center
Movie Theater on Campus
School Slang
  • The Boobs: Lawn outside Moseley that consists of two mini-hills.
  • Club Belk: Another name for Belk Library. Procrastinators like to pull all-nighters here, and sometimes their friends will come visit between parties.
  • College Coffee: This is when faculty, staff, and students all come together in front of Alamance building on Tuesday mornings from 9:50-10:20 a.m. Sometimes student organizations have booths set up and use it as a time to promote their club or idea.
  • Drop/Add: Students may drop or add a course using Elon's OnTrack on designated days. Don't forget-if you're planning on adding a class that is advanced, double check to see if you need a form signed by the department chair to be turned into the Registrar.
  • Elon 101: A class strongly encouraged (but not required) for freshmen to take, which goes over the ins and outs of Elon University, the town of Elon, and the city of Burlington. Social and academic topics are also explored, such as what to do when someone has a drinking problem, or the rules of the honor code and what punishments result from breaking it.
  • Elon Files: A book/organizer given to every student at check in on move-in day. It has the schedule of events for orientation, the hours of operation for most facilities on campus, tips on how to manage your money, a calendar of the school year, and a daily planner.
  • Elon OnTrack: The Web site for students, faculty, and staff to access their class schedules, grades, degree audit, class registration, and exam or academic schedules and calendars. This is one of the most important sites you'll use, as a student.
  • GDI: God Damn Independent (non-affiliates)
  • Hard-on: Harden Cafeteria
  • HBB: Hook, Brannock, and Barney halls
  • KBC: Koury Business Center
  • Meal Dollars: With your meal plan, you're allotted a certain amount in an account separate from Phoenix Cash. These meal dollars can only be used on food items, such as paying for a meal at Cantina Roble, Varsity, or any other on-campus restaurant.
  • Midnight Meals: Thursday nights, starting at around 11 p.m., the Student Union Board has "Midnight Meals" where they provide food, drinks, and entertainment. Best thing about it is you don't need to use your meal plan for it!
  • The 'Nades: Colonnades Dining Hall
  • OL (Orientation Leader): An upperclassmen who will help you move in and be your guide throughout all the orientation activities to help you get settled into Elon.
  • Phoenie: Phoenix Card, your Elon ID card, your meal plan card, and can be linked to a Wachovia bank.
  • Phoenix Card: This is your Elon ID card, your meal plan card, and can be linked to a Wachovia bank.
  • Phoenix Cash: Instead of always carrying cash around, you can deposit money in your Phoenix account and use it anywhere on campus to pay for just about anything. If you're hungry but already used your meal plan for that meal period, you can pay for food with your Phoenix Cash. Local restaurants accept it as well. Deposits can be made right on campus.
  • SLC: Service Learning Community. About 40 freshmen that live together in 3rd floor of Chandler Residence Hall. They participate as a community in service activities and reflections.
  • Winter Term: A three-week term in the month of January where students can take a class and get credit. This is especially good for students who want to get ahead in their studies. A variety of classes are offered for a variety of majors and requirements.
  • Chapel : Every Thursday from 9:50 a.m.-10:20 a.m. in Whitley Auditorium, everyone is welcome for chapel on campus.
  • College Coffee: Every Tuesday from 9:50 a.m.-10:20 a.m., students, faculty, and staff get to meet and talk over coffee and continental breakfast in front of Moseley Center.
  • Commencement : At the beginning of the school year, freshmen and their parents are welcomed to Elon "Under the Oaks." At this ceremony, the president of the university and of the Student Government Association, among other distinguished speakers, give words of inspiration to the students. At the end, each freshman is given an acorn. When they graduate in four years, they are then given a sapling, to signify them maturing and growing.
Urban Legends
  • It's said that West Dorm is haunted after the fire of 1923 that wiped out all of the facilities on campus except West.
  • Jumping into Lake Mary Nell is a death wish-the diseases and bacteria that are probably in there are disgusting!
Favorite Things To Do
Group aerobics classes, visit the gym, play an intramural or club sport, take a dip in the indoor pool, attend a theatrical production (free with student ID) or sporting event, enjoy a Midnight Meal. The Student Union Board often hosts concerts and fun activities in The Zone, McKinnon Hall, Alumni Gym, Fireside Lounge, or Cantina Roble. Racquetball is also quite popular on campus, as well as volleyball on any of the outdoor courts, or shooting hoops in Jordan Gym. Elon has a very active Performing Arts Department, with shows in McCrary Theatre, Black Box Theatre, or Yeager Recital Hall. Iron Tree Blooming is a new, Zen-based meditation club that has drawn quite an interesting crowd of students.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 39 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 5 responses

  • 19% Acorn Coffee Shop
  • 19% Moseley Front Lawn (aka "the boobs")
  • 12% My room
  • 12% Belk Library, first floor
  • 12% Fireside Lounge
  • 6% Student Center
  • 6% Irazu
  • 6% Common Room in dorm
  • 6% Koury Business Center
  • 0% Alamance Fountain
  • 0% The Zone

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 27% Hang out with friends
  • 20% Class
  • 13% Accorn
  • 13% Hang out at irazu
  • 13% Midnight meals
  • 7% Clubs
  • 7% Gym

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 46 responses

  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 35% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 35% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 28% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 40 responses

  • 8% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 55% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 35% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 5 responses

  • 62% College Coffee
  • 25% Commencement
  • 12% Late Night McEwen
  • 0% Chapel

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Tour guide
  • 20% Truitt Center for Religious & Spiritual Life
  • 20% Gym



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