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Spring 2012

Your guide to campus news and events

In This Issue:

Leadership / Students cover Election 2012/ Campus Rec/ And More ...

Learning to Lead: How to ID Personal Leadership Style

Whether they're working with Stephen Colbert, Stella McCartney or the Department of Defense, Elon students use internships to get major experience.


We know you're in high school; consider this your sneak peek into the future. The Student Professional Development Center helps students with all of their career questions - whether they have a job in mind or have no clue what to do post-Elon.

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Elon’s president, Dr. Leo Lambert, traveled to India earlier this year to catch up with Elon students studying abroad. Check out his Twitter feed to learn about his adventures.


Counselor Corner - How to Find Exactly What You Need

Bethany Ely, assistant director of admissions

If you’re just starting your college search process, you might be feeling slightly (or extremely) overwhelmed. I remember being completely blown away just by the sheer number of schools out there. Every college or university has something unique to offer and so it can be hard to start narrowing down exactly what you want. I frequently talk to students about what they are looking for in an institution and it’s clear that college is not “one size fits all.” By paying attention to what is important to you, you can narrow down your choices and ensure that you will find exactly what you need to feel at home.

  1. Major. This may or may not be important to you depending on whether you know what you’re interested in studying. I had no idea what I wanted to major in when looking at colleges, so it was important for me to find a school that offered me a lot of options. If you’re undecided, a liberal arts college with a wide selection of majors and departments might be a good choice. If you know you want to study business, you will need to focus your attention to schools specifically offering the program you’re looking for. Keep in mind that some institutions require applications to certain programs or schools, so research the requirements for the school or department in which you are interested!
  2. Location. It sounds like common sense, but I had quite a few friends who thought they wanted to move far away from home only to transfer to a school nearby after a semester or two. Be realistic with yourself about how far away you can be from your friends and family. I knew I didn’t want to travel more than 6-8 hours to get back home, so that narrowed my search considerably. Also, pay attention as you travel to each school on your college visits. Is there an airport nearby? Train station? Does the drive seem unbearable to you? You will be making the trek quite a few times over the course of four years, so make sure you can stand to do it.
  3. Size. One of the most important things to me during my college search was size. I attended a very small high school (less than 150 in my graduating class), so I was accustomed to learning in an environment where everyone knew who I was and I felt as though I had a close relationship with my teachers. I wanted to find a university that could offer me that same benefit. Elon’s average class size is only 21 and many of my classes were even smaller than that. It was exactly what I was looking for and I felt comfortable participating in my classes because of their smaller size. On the other hand, I know many students go to high schools with thousands of people and aren’t intimidated by a lecture style class with 250 other students. Both have pros and cons, but it’s important to choose the size that will help you get the most out of your education.

Although these are really important factors to consider, the most important thing to think about is how you feel. As helpful as websites and College Board searches can be, there is no substitute for actually visiting a college campus and getting a feel for the student body, climate and atmosphere. After spending the day walking around Elon’s campus as a high school senior, I felt like I could see myself fitting in with the other students on campus and I loved the energy and how involved everyone seemed to be. You will be living here for the next four years and you want to make sure that you will feel comfortable and at home. All of the hard work will be worth it when you find the place that feels right!

Admissions Calendar

Spring 2014
May 1 Deadline for $500 enrollment deposit ($300 for commuter students)
June & July

First-Year Summer Experiences

Adventures in Leadership: June 28- July 3 and July 6-11

Discovery:  June 22-28

PreSERVE: June 13-19

Live the Maroon Life: July 13-18

Chapter One: A Creative Writing Workshop: July 6-11

Roots: June 19-24

Fall 2014
Aug. 22 Move-in day/new student orientation begins
Aug. 23 Registration
Aug. 26 Classes begin
Sept. 19-21 Family Weekend
Oct. 11-16 Fall Break (begins at 2:50 p.m. on Friday and ends at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning)
Nov. 1Early Decision application deadline for first-year students enrolling fall ‘15
Nov. 10Early Action application deadline for first-year students enrolling fall ‘15
Nov. 15* Explore Elon, an open house for prospective students
Jan. 10 Deadline for Fellows program applications and regular deadline for admission


*Invitations for Open House days are emailed four to six weeks in advance. For additional information, please call the admissions office at 800-334-8448.

Visit our website,, to find out more about application deadlines and notification dates.