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3 College Junior

Local Area: There are plenty of stores and restaurants to get what you need. Elon has a bus system to take you around but having a car is the easiest way to access things. Freshmen can have cars and many do, but if you don't you will definitely know someone that does.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Elon is right between Raleigh and Greensboro, a lot to do within an hour radius

2 College Freshman

Local Area: Burlington is in the middle of no where but there are places to go but not much to do.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The direct area near Elon, Burlington, is pretty boring. There are plenty of places to eat, like Moe's, Olive Garden and Cookout. There's shopping like Target, Kohl's and Dillard's. But there aren't very many unique, local places; it's mostly chains. I don't know of anything like museums or attractions in Burlington. The downtown area is cool, but very small and a little dangerous. You have to travel at least to Greensboro for anything exciting.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: There majority of the restaurants are pretty boring and chain-driven. But there are a few options I love to eat at: West End (newly revamped - thank god) and Harrison's (best kept sandwich place). The Root was good but I don't know how many times I can eat grilled cheese. Pandora's Pies is tasty but the pizza is pretty thin.


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Elon is in the middle of many other universities, including UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, Duke, NC State, and Wake Forest. The town of Elon is very small, around 5,000–10,000 inhabitants (including university students and surrounding rural areas). The city of Burlington, which is about five minutes away, has a population of 47,592 inhabitants. Although that is a considerable population, many students complain about Burlington being too boring, though some like the quiet atmosphere. If you’re looking for a city with buildings taller than three stories, buses, metros, and people always busy going somewhere, Burlington is not the best area.

Burlington recently added Alamance Crossing, a shopping center with 41 stores and 11 restaurants. Other than that, there is a large variety of fast food restaurants and some “gems” that you have to search for. The city of Greensboro has many clubs and malls, the most popular of which is the Four Seasons mall. Raleigh has Southpoint, which is a more upscale mall with many popular stores. Most of the local entertainment comes from Elon’s campus or trips out of town.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Elon is the Hebrew word for "oak."
  2. The city of Burlington is the largest city in Alamance County.
  3. Alamance Battleground, in Burlington, was where the War of the Regulators was fought; this is said to be an example of the problems leading up to the American Revolution. The Regulators, an army of rebellious farmers, battled Governor William Tryon's militia in 1771.
  4. Every fall, the town of Elon comes together to celebrate the Festival of the Oaks. It occurs right on the streets of Elon University. Families come for food, live entertainment, craft sales, and a play area for the kids.
  5. Alamance, the name of the county and one of the main buildings at Elon University, comes from the local Native American word for the blue mud which is found in the local creeks and rivers.
Notable Natives
  • Jack McKeon
  • Keegan Pace
Local Slang
  • Carolina Blue: A specific shade of blue. It can usually be found on sweatshirts of local colleges against a gray background.
  • State: Depending on the topic, this word may actually mean "NC State University," shortened to just "State."
  • Stoked: Excited
  • Sweet Tea: A type of tea brewed differently from regular tea, giving it a sweet taste. Fans say it's like adding sugar to your tea, but the taste is even better, even sweeter. That's why it's a favorite around here.
  • Y'all: You all; some people have a slight accent, so this is particularly a common word.
Points of Interest
  • Alamance Battleground State Historical Site
  • Alamance County Historical Museum
  • Burlington City Park
  • Cedarock Park and Historical Farm
  • Graham Historical Museum
  • I-85 Golf & Basketball
  • Mad Platter
  • MYNT
Shopping Centers
  • Alamance Crossing
  • Four Seasons Town Centre
Movie Theaters
Carousel Cinemas
1090 Piper Lane
(336) 538-9900
Movie Theaters
Church Street Theatres
1809 S Church St.
(336) 229-7469
Movie Theaters
West End Cinemas
3437 S Church St.
(336) 538-9900
Major Sports Teams
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Durham: NC: 1 hour
  • Raleigh: NC: 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 72 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 75 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 9% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 55% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 12% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 24% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 75 responses

  • 25% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 57% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 17% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 73 responses

  • 3% Totally.
  • 33% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 64% No way.



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