More than 98 percent of new students select this advising class of 16 students, one faculty/staff advisor and one student teaching assistant. This one-hour credit class is designed to help entering students get acquainted with the academic demands of life at Elon. Elon 101 meets weekly through the fall semester, and though classes vary depending on the interests of the group, it is informal and covers a broad range of topics designed to ease the transition from high school to college. Required topics include the honor code and the creation of individual graduation plans.
Students who do not request Elon 101 will be enrolled in an Elon 101 class for the advising/orientation activities that occur during New Student Orientation. Students who later choose to drop the Elon 101 advising class have two options for advising described by Premajor Advising and the Major Declaration Process.
Students may keep the Elon 101 advisor after officially dropping the class. This advisor will assist with registration and other concerns when the student schedules appointments.
*The following information does not apply to transfer students or readmitted students. Please visit the Academic Advising for Transfer Students page or the Academic Advising for Readmitted Students page for more information.
Once students are admitted to Elon they are invited to attend a Rising Phoenix Weekend. A paid deposit secures their spot for the weekend and the deposit is applied to their university tuition. Students receive an advising folder with an instruction sheet explaining how to access Elon's online course request module. This electronic site discusses majors, outlines first-year foundations requirements and suggests first-year courses to satisfy Elon Core requirements and major requirements. Most first-year students will not have a major course in the first fall semester.
Students who cannot attend a Rising Phoenix Weekend are emailed course request materials. If necessary, students may call the Advising Center for assistance at (336) 278-6500.
Professional advisors in the advising center will use students course request forms to create a fall schedule. Registration days are also held at the beginning of each term. Registered first-year students must meet with their academic advisor who is also their Elon 101 instructor in order to obtain access to online drop/add procedures.
First-year students who choose to enroll at Elon beginning with the spring term will be contacted by Academic Advising to schedule their courses.
For international students: Academic Support assigns advisors for international students. No advisor has more than one new international student due to the unique advising needs of that relationship.
Many students have difficulty deciding on a major for a number of reasons. Sometimes students are looking for a direct match between major and career because they believe that a major sets their life path with little room to change. This is simply not true. Most people have many careers in a lifetime regardless of their college major. The following suggestions can help Elon students decide on a major.