Elon University Academic SupportAcademic Support

Academic Advising for First-Year Students

Elon 101

Requesting first-semester courses

Exploring majors

Elon 101

More than 97 percent of new students select this advising "class" of 16 students, one faculty/staff advisor and one student advisor. This one-hour credit class is designed to help entering students get acquainted with 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. Topics may include study styles, the ups and downs of roommates and managing preregistration. Activities have ranged from cooking at the advisor’s home to goal setting and honor code discussions.

Students who do not request Elon 101 will be enrolled in an Elon 101 class for the advising/orientation activities that occur during Welcome Week. 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.

See more information about Elon 101.

Premajor Advising
Students may keep the Elon 101 advisor after officially dropping the class. This advisor will assist with preregistration and other concerns when the student schedules appointments.

Requesting first-semester courses

*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 Spring Orientation 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 freshman core requirements and suggests freshman level courses to satisfy general university requirements.

Students who cannot attend a Spring Orientation Weekend are mailed course request materials. If necessary, students may call the Advising Center for assistance at (336) 278-6500.

Except for special populations, i.e. honors, early action/ early decision, etc., course requests are processed in date order. Students are likely to receive more of their first choice course requests if they are returned promptly. Registration days are also held at the beginning of each term. Preregistered first-year students must meet with their academic advisor 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.

Exploring majors

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.

  • Take the full listing of majors that Elon offers and cross off all that you are not interested in pursuing.
  • For the remaining majors, thoroughly explore those school and departmental web pages to understand mission, faculty interests, types of courses, what graduates are now doing, etc.
  • Talk to current majors in the departments of interest.
  • Talk to faculty in those departments of interest.
  • Meet with a professional advisor in the Academic Advising Center, Duke 108, to take and process self-exploration inventories such as Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Inventory.
  • Take COE 110: Exploring Majors for one hour of credit to systematically explore your values and interests, majors and careers.
  • Conduct web searches on careers of interest to see the types of educational preparation that is recommended.
  • Access “What can I do with this major?” from the Career Services website.