First-Year Summer Experience Programs

First-Year Summer Experience (FSE) programs are designed to help incoming students feel confident and prepared as they enroll at Elon. The FSE programs embrace the university’s commitment to experiential learning, and use this guiding philosophy to help students develop self-awareness, enhance relationships, and define community in preparation for their Elon experience.

Want to start your Elon experience before you arrive on campus?  Download the FSE 2014 brochure and register for one of our five exciting programs!

Fill out the registration form and mail it with your deposit to: 
First-Year Summer Experiences
2990 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Attn: Program you're requesting


Need based scholarships are available. Deposit deadline is May 2, 2014; however, we will continue accepting deposits until the programs are full.  To inquire about program status or to ask questions, contact the FSE Coordinator via email ( or phone (336.278.7000) for more information.  Upon trip acceptance, participants will receive further information including the balance deadline.

Adventures in Leadership  

Adventures in Leadership is an outdoor experience offered jointly by Campus Recreation and the Center for Leadership.  AIL consists of camping, hiking, climbing, rappelling and white-water rafting. The program will aid in your development of leadership skills, understanding of community and your ability to work in teams. Past participants say the most valuable outcome is the lasting friendships they have built.

Accompanied by returning students, faculty and staff, participants will begin the adventure with group initiatives at the Elon Challenge course and conclude in the Appalachian Mountains of scenic West Virginia.

Dates for 2014: June 28 - July 3 (Week 1); July 6 - 11 (Week 2)

  • Program Cost: $650
  • Deposit: $325

Chapter One: A Creative Writing Workshop

Chapter One is an adventure in creative prose writing and engaged reading for incoming students. Centered in and around Elon's campus and English Department, students will venture outward to explore and discover their surroundings and gain inspiration as writers. Chapter One participants will spend the week completing a short story, poem, or essay and will gain experience discussing ideas, workshopping drafts and sharing final products.

Dates for 2014: July 6-11

  • Program Cost: $300
  • Deposit: $150


Discovery, offered by New Student & Transition Programs, is a week-long adventure in the outdoors that will enable you to discover new friendships while building your teamwork and leadership skills. The trip is designed for students with little to no camping experience and those who have been camping for years.

The program begins by familiarizing you with campus and then moves to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where new friendships begin and outdoor skills are developed. During Discovery, you will hike the Appalachian Trail, spend two days serving the community of Luray, canoe the white water of the Shenandoah River and tour local natural attractions.

Dates for 2014: June 22-28

Program Cost: $320
Deposit: $160


Pre-Serve is a service experience offered by the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement. Participants in the Pre-Serve program learn about the important social issues facing our county and how service can be used as a tool for personal growth and community building.  This program will allow you to meet other incoming students who share an enthusiasm for service. You will spend a week living on campus and working within the nearby Burlington community.  In past years, Pre-Serve participants have worked to build houses with Habitat for Humanity, assisted with therapeutic riding lessons at Kopper Top Life Learning Center, worked with children at the Boys and Girls Club, and served meals to the hungry at Allied Churches.  With Pre-Serve, you will learn about the community you will be a part of for the next four years.

Dates for 2014: July 13 - 19

  • Program Cost: $300
  • Deposit: $125 

Live the Maroon Life  

**Full for Summer 2014**

Live the Maroon Life is a weeklong experience that allows participants to learn what being a sustainable Elon Phoenix is all about!  Participants live on campus, discuss Elon values, meet faculty, staff, and administrators, and explore the surrounding community through side trips, service opportunities, and fun activities.  Students will travel off campus and explore issues of sustainability, service and diversity while building relationships with one another and learning how to "live the maroon life" when they return to Elon in the fall.  In Live the Maroon Life, you will learn about the great traditions and values that make Elon the place we bELONg.  Live the Maroon Life is offered by New Student & Transition Programs.

Dates for 2014: July 13 - 18

  • Program Cost: $325
  • Deposit: $160


For more information on any of the First-Year Summer Experience programs, please e-mail or call (336) 278-7000. To learn more about New Student Orientation, click here.