Elon University Academic SupportAcademic Support

Academic Advising for First-Year Students

Elon 101

Requesting first-semester courses

Exploring majors

Elon 101

All new, incoming first-year students are placed into this academic advising seminar of 16 students, one faculty/staff advisor/instructor, and one student teaching assistant. This one-credit hour class is designed to help students adjust to the academic expectations 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.

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 registration 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 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 access. 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.

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 found online in the free resource called My Plan.
  • 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.