Elon University is a national leader in Civic Engagement, serving as one of the model campuses for the Carnegie Classification on Civic Engagement and being recognized as one of the nation’s top three universities for community service by earning a Presidential Award in the first President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Elon’s civic engagement programs include the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, Periclean Scholars, Civic Engagement Scholars, the Center for Leadership, the National Campaign for Student Political and Civic Engagement, North Carolina Campus Compact, the Elon Academy, the Elon Poll, the Elon Environmental Center at Loy Farm, and the Elon Student Government Association.
Elon University defines civic engagement as the process of learning about the assets, needs, and concerns of the larger communities of which we are a part and the willingness to collaborate with others to help define and achieve the common good. This theme is central to the Elon University mission of preparing civically engaged graduates who are "global citizens and informed leaders motivated by a concern for the common good." As a university, we emphasize our responsibility to live in community, acknowledging our interdependency with others.
Elon students, faculty, staff and alumni join in an intentional and progressive educational process to create a culture that:
A two-month program ended July 25, 2014, with scholars in Elon University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience displaying their work for professors and peers inside McKinnon Hall during a special College Coffee.
Two dozen members of Elon University's Class of 2018 spent six days in July serving meals, building homes with Habitat for Humanity and volunteering at the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club through a program hosted by the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement.
Rising seniors Krystal Lanclos and Ashley Rose are spending the summer in Newark, New Jersey, to teach in the urban classrooms of a regional nonprofit charter school operator.
A gift from an anonymous donor will be used to support a new endowed scholarship for students who begin their studies at Alamance Community College and wish to transfer to Elon University to complete a four-year degree.
The first-year summer experience program offered by the Office of New Student and Transition Programs familiarizes incoming students with Elon's campus and helps them develop outdoor and team-building skills before classes begin in the fall.