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.
Brittany Lue, a public health studies major, interned at the University of Michigan through a program designed to increase college students' interest in minority health.
The annual ranking of private universities by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranks Elon #35 in the nation based on acadamic quality and affordability.
Students address and approach poverty issues through service-learning projects with two local organizations: Sustainable Alamance and the United Way.
Teaching Fellows who traveled last spring to the Central American country created a resource to help future students who want to study abroad in a nation known for its natural beauty, as well as its rapid social, economic and environmental changes.
The university has been recognized as a national leader in service-learning and civic engagement, with the federal Corporation for National & Community Service commending Elon in four areas of service.