Academic Advising for First-Year Students (Fall)

Course Registration

First-year deposited students will receive access to Elon’s online course request module in early May. This module provides students information on majors, including providing course recommendations by major appropriate for first-year students. New students will also be provided an opportunity to explore Elon Core Curriculum options also appropriate for first-year students.

New students will complete the module by June 1st. During the summer months, professional advisors will use this information to create a fall schedule. Course schedules will be released at the end of July. Schedules will include a variety of options, depending on the student. All schedules will also include an ELN 101 course (see below).

More details are provided within the modules. Students with questions should email

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.

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.