First-Year Experiences

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 six 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: Pre-Serve

Deposit deadline is May 2, 2014.  Have questions?  Contact the FSE Coordinator via email or phone (336.278.7000) for more information.  Upon acceptance, participants will receive further information including the balance deadline.


July 13-19, 2014

Pre-Serve is one of Elon’s First-Year Summer Experience (FSE) programs, designed to provide incoming students the opportunity to meet other first-year Elon students while engaging in exciting, new activities.
As a participant in Pre-Serve, you will learn about important social issues facing Alamance County and how service can be used as a tool for personal growth and community building.  You'll meet other incoming students who share an enthusiasm for service and 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.


Acceptance into Pre-Serve is on a first-come, first-served basis, so submit your registration form early! Several need-based scholarships are available--contact Evan Small for more information. Registration forms are available as early as January; you will receive a brochure for all FSE programs with your acceptance packet.