Elon College Fellows

Lateral Entry Requirements

  • Qualified first-year students may apply for lateral entry no later than Tuesday, May 10, 2011.
  • Lateral entry depends on the availability of space in the Elon College Fellows Program. The goal of the program is to have approximately 50 fellows for each class.
  • Students seeking lateral entry must meet all of the minimal program entry requirements, have an excellent academic record as a first-year Elon student, and an intention to pursue a major within the Arts and Sciences.
  • Consideration will be given to the academic interests of the student seeking lateral entry in an attempt to maintain balance among the three branches (Arts and Humanities, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences Fellows).
  • Lateral entry students enter the Fellows Program as sophomores and are expected to complete all second, third and fourth-year requirements. 
  • Lateral entry Fellows must also attend the three fall academic colloquia required of first-year Fellows.
  • Lateral entry Fellows have the option of enrolling in ECF 111, a winter term class required of first-year Fellows.
  • Lateral entry Fellows receive an annual $3,500 Fellows scholarship. 
  • Lateral entry Fellows receive a $1,000 travel grant and also are eligible for funds to support the research project.
  • Lateral entry Fellows must maintain a level of academic performance in accordance with the general guidelines for all Fellows.
  • The application process requires completion of the Elon University Fellows Program Lateral Entry Application, as well as an Elon University academic transcript; a typed, detailed essay that addresses the student's interest in the Fellows program; a letter of recommendation from an Elon faculty member who has had the student for a class; and an interview with the program director. The deadline for completing the application process, including the interview, is the last day of final exams for the spring semester. The application for lateral entry is found online or may be picked up at the office of the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Complete applications must be returned to the same office.
  • Elon College Fellows must major in an academic field within the liberal Arts and Sciences. Students enter the program as Elon College Fellows and by the end of the sophomore year select one of the three branches within the program.
  • The Elon College Fellows Advisory Committee will review applications and make decisions regarding lateral admission into the program. Students will be notified of the decision during the summer before the second year.