The mission of the Elon University Forest is to provide a protected natural area to serve primarily as a teaching resource and research site and secondarily as a service learning site and quiet place for reflection and observation.

“Elon” is Hebrew for “oak.”  It is fitting, then, that the hardwood forests and other ecosystems of Elon University Forest represent the spirit, strength, and sustainability of Elon University. The Forest symbolizes a permanence that exists even while the University and the larger world change rapidly, as well as the notion that nature itself is a central part of higher education.

News at Elon

The Princeton Review names Elon a 'Green College'

The honor is bestowed upon colleges with an exceptional commitment to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities. 

Elon student recalls winning a college grant as a first-grader

Twelve years before MacKenzie Walsh ’20, a first-year strategic communications major, set foot on campus, she entered and won a children’s drawing contest to support her aspirations to one day attend college.

Call to Honor celebrates values of the Elon Honor Code

The Class of 2020 gathered in Alumni Gym on Thursday, Sept. 15, to make a commitment to the values upon which the Elon Honor Code is based. 

Elon ranks #1 for teaching, innovation and academic excellence in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 'America’s Best Colleges'

The top-selling college guide ranks Elon the #1 Southern University and the national leader in academic programs that lead to student success.


Education leaders nationwide recognize Elon programs that promote student success

U.S. News & World Report lists Elon as the nation’s only university recognized for excellence in all eight academic programs that lead to student success.