Academic Advising for First-Year Students (Fall)

Elon 101

All new, incoming first-year students are placed into this academic advising seminar of 16 students, one faculty/staff advisor/instructor, and one student teaching assistant. The instructor of this course serves as the student’s designated academic advisor prior to declaring a major.  This one-credit hour class is designed to help students adjust to the academic expectations at Elon.  Elon 101 meets weekly through the fall semester, and though classes vary depending on the interests of the group, it is informal and covers a broad range of topics designed to ease the transition from high school to college. Required topics include the honor code and the creation of individual graduation plans.

See more information about Elon 101.

Requesting first-semester courses

The following information does not apply to transfer students or readmitted students. Please visit the Academic Advising for Transfer Students page or the Academic Advising for Readmitted Students page for more information.

Students will receive access to Elon’s online course request module in early May. This electronic site discusses majors, outlines first-year foundations requirements and suggests first-year courses to satisfy Elon Core requirements and major requirements. Most first-year students will not have a major course in the first fall semester.

Professional advisors will use students’ course request forms to create a fall schedule. Registration days are also held at the beginning of each term. Registered first-year students must meet with their academic advisor who is also their Elon 101 instructor in order to obtain access to online drop/add procedures.

First-year students who choose to enroll at Elon beginning with the spring term will be contacted by Academic Advising to schedule their courses.

Exploring majors

Many students have difficulty deciding on a major for a number of reasons. Sometimes students are looking for a direct match between major and career because they believe that a major sets their life path with little room to change. This is simply not true. Most people have many careers in a lifetime regardless of their college major. The following suggestions can help Elon students decide on a major.

  • Take the full listing of majors that Elon offers and cross off all that you are not interested in pursuing.
  • For the remaining majors, thoroughly explore those school and departmental web pages to understand mission, faculty interests, types of courses, what graduates are now doing, etc.
  • Talk to current majors in the departments of interest.
  • Talk to faculty in those departments of interest.
  • Meet with a professional advisor in the Office of Academic Advising, to take and process self-exploration inventories found online in the free resource called My Plan.
  • Take ELN 110: Exploring Majors Seminar for one hour of credit to systematically explore your values and interests, majors and careers.
  • Conduct web searches on careers of interest to see the types of educational preparation that is recommended.
  • Access “What can I do with this major?” from the Student Professional Development Center website.