Living and Learning at Elon
Living-Learning Communities were developed
over a decade ago at Elon University in order to extend
positive interactions between students and faculty beyond the
classroom. These intimate, intentional learning-centered
communities advance student learning and citizenship by
engaging students adn faculty in activities planned around a
shared class, academic program or intellectual interest.
Living in the residence halls affects your entire experience
at Elon by providing you with premier residential and dining
facilities, guidance from a wide range of Elon staff and
faculty members, and a Residence Life student and
professional staff committed to student learning. Residence
Life goals include academic achievement, lifelong learning,
personal development, and awareness and
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Our Mission Statement
We are invested in creating environments that engage and
support Elon students in active learning and the development
of enriched communities. Peer interaction and learning
activities foster the student experience to maximize
As a department we value diversity, respect, responsibility
and involvement as students pursue curricular and
co-curricular endeavors. We are committed to creating an
integrated learning community for our students to grow and
become active members of the global society.
To assist in the attainment of these goals, the department
Build communities that celebrate and support relationships,
interactions and the inclusion of students,
Employ well-trained staff members capable of engaging
students in the learning and growth process,
Provide effective and innovative services to meet student
Manage facilities that support the basic needs and safety
of students while creating an atmosphere conducive to
Key Facts about Residence Life at
Elon houses 2,700 students in residential housing including
on and off campus apartments, Greek houses and traditional
and suite-style residence halls.
Elon Residence Life supports a self-governing student
leadership model where residents take ownership for their
community environment through area councils and various
residential leadership opportunities. Elon's Resident
Student Association won the 2003 Genie Award for Spirit at a
recent NCARH conference.
Residence Life partners with the academic arena by
supporting three faculty-in-residence;
coordinating Global Studies courses to be taught in each of
the residence hall areas; and providing learning communities,
such as the Communications floor, the Creative Arts floor,
the Math/Science/Engineering floor, the Honors Pavilion, the
International Pavilion, and The Service Learning
The Residence Life department maintains a staff leadership
model that provides approximately one Resident Advisor per
floor to offer support and challenge to the residential
community. Residence Life currently employees 34 Resident
Advisors, 6 Housing Assistants (RAs for the apartments) and
22 Head Residents. Four full-time live-on professionals
supervise these student staff members.
Elon opened the first Academic Village facilities (Honors
and International) in fall 2002 along with approximately 130
new spaces in the Danieley Center flats and apartments.
Residence Life kicked off new student leadership initiatives
in Fall 2002 by offering all student staff the opportunity to
examine and learn from their staff experience as part of the
Experiential Learning Requirement and by creating six new
student-staff leadership teams (Diversity, Staff Leadership
Council, Staff Selection, Training/Inservices, Technology,
the Resident Student Association, and Camps and Conferences).
Additionally, a group of Head Residents has just created a
faculty/staff mentor project to connect Elon faculty and
staff to the residential living/learning experience.