Office of Student Life

Division of Student Life Mission Statement

The Division of Student Life provides premier, student-centered services, programs, and experiences that assist students to:
• integrate their in-and-out-of-class learning,
• develop holistically, and
• be engaged and honorable members of their communities.


A letter from Dr. Smith Jackson, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

Elon University is a national model of engaged learning. Our residential campus understands that learning occurs best when students are involved and invested in the learning process. We value learning in and outside the classroom, on and off the campus. Therefore, Student Life staff work in partnership with faculty and other staff of the university to provide a seamless learning experience that fulfills our founders' "vision of an academic community that transforms mind, body and spirit." (Elon University Mission Statement)

Embracing the university's commitment to holistic student development, the Division of Student Life fosters student learning in the domains of intellectual, social, physical, emotional and spiritual development. Our goal is for students to have a deep commitment to personal integrity and social responsibility and to have the skills to live rewarding, creative and purposeful lives. To achieve this goal, Student Life staff provide co-curricular experiences that challenge students to assume responsibility and make a positive difference for themselves, each other and their communities.

I hope you will visit the Student Life web site to discover the array of programs and services provided, as well as the incredible talents of our students. Elon students are engaged in significant and innovative research projects, while contributing tens of thousands of service hours locally and abroad. They work alongside faculty and staff to provide high-quality cultural, athletic and performing arts experiences. Through integrated leadership experiences in student organizations, campus programs, and university departments, they participate in the shared governance of the campus. Empowering Elon students is at the center of all that we do.

Please feel free to contact me or any member of the Student Life staff if we can be of assistance. Your comments and feedback are welcomed.

Smith Jackson
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students


Smith Jackson

Smith Jackson
Vice President for Student Life and
Dean of Students