As you prepare to transition into the Elon community, there are undoubtedly many questions running through your mind. In this section, gather resources, tips and advice from students, as well as the New Student Orientation website. Current students understand what it was like to enter a new community with new friends to make, new pathways to choose, and new challenges to overcome. Hear their stories and insights on making your transition a smooth one. Additionally, follow the link to Orientation’s site for information on move-in day, programming for family members, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Orientation & Move-In

Preparing for Your Arrival

Move-In Day and New Student Orientation (NSO)(Friday, August 23rd) will be here before you know it. The New Student Orientation website is your resource for all things related to Elon’s orientation program. Visit the site for the orientation schedule, driving directions, and what to expect during NSO.

Learn More: New Student Orientation site

Please note, registration for New Student Orientation opens on May 1st. We expect all new students to attend New Student Orientation regardless if they’re registered or not. Registration is an opportunity to pre-order Farewell Picnic tickets ($15/non-student) and/or purchase the fight song t-shirt ($10/shirt). You will be able to purchase both shirts and tickets during New Student Orientation and on move-in day in the Moseley Center.

Driving Directions

Due to the high volume of traffic expected on move-in day it is imperative that each family follow the specific driving directions for each residential area. Please print, and bring with you, the turn-by-turn directions.

Move-In Times

Global Neighborhood

8:00AM – First and fourth floors
9:30AM – Third floor
10:30AM – Second floor

Historic Neighborhood (Hook, Brannon, and Barney; Carolina, Smith, West, Virginia, and Sloan)

8:00AM – Third floor
9:30AM – Second floor
10:30AM – First floor

Academic Pavilions (Kenan and Cannon Pavilions)

8:00AM – Second floor
9:30AM – First flooor

East Neighborhood

8:00AM – Third floor
9:30AM – Second floor
10:30AM – First floor

Colonnades Neighborhood

8:00AM – Third floor
9:30AM – Second floor
10:30AM – First floor

Danieley Neighborhood

8:00AM – Second floor
9:30AM – First floor

Off Campus Transfer and Commuter Students

Students living off campus and commuting to Elon are welcome to check-in anytime from 10:00AM-3:00PM in the Moseley Student Center.


Elon 101

Elon 101 is a one-semester-one-hour course designed to prepare you for confident engagement at Elon. During the course you’ll create a four-year graduation plan that becomes an important roadmap for your time at Elon. The Elon 101 curriculum shares our campus values, academic planning, and campus resources.

Why are campus values and academic resources the focus of Elon 101? First, we want you to be a thriving and successful student at Elon with a strong understanding of our expectations. Second, we want you to feel challenged but supported. For this reason, your Elon 101 instructor will serve as your academic advisor until you officially declare your major and will be one of your primary resources as you seek to find answers to your questions. And finally, we want you to know about the robust opportunities that exist on our campus. We intentionally keep Elon 101 classes small at 16 students per section and meet weekly throughout the first semester. We believe you will find Elon 101 to be one of the major reasons your mind opens quickly and Elon feels like home.

Learn More: Elon 101

Wellness & Well-Being

We know that student wellness and student success are closely connected and that health is about the whole you, encompassing mental, physical, spiritual and social well-being. Elon provides holistic student health and wellness resources, education and outreach, as well as crisis response. Our goal is to provide you with support and opportunities to help you develop the autonomy, personal responsibility and resiliency to excel. 

Learn More: Wellness & Well-Being

Your To-Do List

We are incredibly excited you are Elon Bound! There are numerous tasks for you to do over the summer to prepare to begin your Elon journey. Pay attention to these dates and be sure you’re fully prepared to be Elon Bound in August!

Learn More: Your Summer Checklist