The Elon Commitment

The plan by neighborhood: Historic Neighborhoods
(former East and West areas)

The Historic Neighborhoods are the most beautiful area of campus and where most of Elon’s history has occurred. These neighborhoods are the center of first-year student housing on campus, with the facilities, distinctive history and style, program and support mechanisms, social and academic common spaces to help incoming students thrive. Student surveys show that students appreciate living in this area of campus. Renovating older facilities; adding amenities, common spaces, mentoring and faculty involvement; and interweaving the history and traditions of this neighborhood, will ensure the Historic Neighborhoods remain the center of main campus living.

Highlights of the Historic Neighborhoods may include:

  • Faculty-in-Residence and Faculty Affiliates assigned to halls, leading seminars and discussions, teaching linked courses.
  • Additional social and academic common spaces on floors and within neighborhood destinations for students to study, meet, hold programs, have discussions with faculty affiliates, etc.
  • Renovation of residence halls; as well as renovation of West Parlor and possibly even a commons building.
  • West HallReturning student peer mentors (Elon 101 and GST 110 TAs, first-year core course tutors, multicultural mentors, wellness mentors) helping students adjust and handle challenges.
  • Linked courses such as special sections of PSY 111, SOC 111, ECO 111, or HST 122 (American History Since the Civil War, highlighting what was happening at Elon as the course moves through the 20th Century).
  • Traditions from throughout the university’s 121-year history and physical symbols of the Residential College, such as neighborhood colors, crests, t-shirts, etc.
  • Potential additional benches, lampposts and other features accentuating the history of the area.