How do I get admitted into the School of Communications at Elon?
A: Students are admitted to Elon University, not to the School
of Communications. What you designate as your intended major has
no bearing on whether you are admitted to Elon. The most important
factors in the admissions decision are the academic record (courses
taken, grades attained, class standing) followed by SAT or ACT scores.
Elon also considers the guidance counselor evaluation, extracurricular
activities and involvements, the student's personal statement, and
the student's potential to contribute positively to our campus environment.
Q: Many schools don't let freshmen take Communications courses
and instead have special entrance requirements later on. Does Elon?
A: No. We believe students should enjoy their chosen major
from the start. Freshmen can get involved in student media and volunteer
to produce weekly newscasts for student television. Freshmen also
can take our Communications in a Global Society class; you will
need to earn a C- or better in that course and also in Media Writing
in order to progress to the rest of our curriculum.
Q: Are scholarships available?
A: Yes, the university provides Presidential Scholarships
to qualified applicants. In addition, the School of Communications
will designate four Communications Fellows to receive special Fellows
Q: What courses transfer to Elon from other schools?
A: The registrar's office designates which courses taken
elsewhere will count toward an Elon graduation. Coursework in the
arts and sciences such as math, English, history and the sciences
normally transfer in, as does the introductory communications course
taken at another college or university.
Q: I'm curious. What would you consider the key indicators
for a career in Communications?
A: You said the magic words when you began "I'm curious."
To succeed in a communications career, you first need curiosity
about the world you live in. Do you ask lots of questions? Do you
probe under the surface? If so, then that curiosity needs to grow
into knowledge so that what you communicate will have depth, context
and accuracy. Being a good writer is important because clear and
logical writing reflects a clear and logical mind. Of course, hard
work is necessary, with a generous dose of creativity. Finally,
you need a strong sense of who you are and what values you hold,
so that when you face temptation to do wrong, you will have the
courage to do right. These are six ingredients for succeeding: curiosity,
knowledge, writing, hard work, creativity, values.