Your Legacy Starts Here. Make History. Together.

The Historic Neighborhood is the heart of Elon because of the rich histories and traditions that signify the campus experience, from the calm presence of its storied oaks to the strength of the brick pathways that have supported the journeys of students since the 19th Century. As the traditional “campus core,” this Neighborhood has provided the backdrop for new student convocations, senior photos, commencement exercises, concerts, parties, receptions, picnics, and more.

Students in Historic Neighborhood will be invited to explore, connect, practice wellbeing, and celebrate the Elon experience together. These outcomes reflect the mission and spirit of the neighborhood and the needs of students in their first year on campus.

What will you make of your Historic experience?

We unite under the theme Make History Together to help students understand that their legacy as Elon graduates begins with the strong foundation they build here.

The concept of making history together introduces students to the idea that a college experience is made, not delivered. The work they make, the connections they make, and the life they make for themselves and with others in their first year becomes the basis for their intellectual, social, and emotional development in college. In the process, they write their own story, refine their purpose, and establish the habits that lead them forward as individuals and as a campus community.

Neighborhood Outcomes

Outcome 1: Explore identity and multiplicity

Students are invited to explore identity and purpose with an open mind.

Outcome 2: Connect with what matters most

Students are encouraged to take initiative, seek opportunity, and make meaningful and positive connections throughout campus.

Outcome 3: Practice wellness and wellbeing

Students are introduced to programs and resources that help them develop holistically.

Outcome 4: Celebrate our Elon, build our legacy

Students are called to celebrate each other’s talents in the classroom, on the stage, on the playing field, and in our communities, while also recognizing the histories that have advanced Elon’s position as a national university.

Historic Neighborhood Plan

Historic Neighborhood Plan 22-23 is an educational roadmap for integrating residents’ academic, social, and residential experiences.

West Hall

Neighborhood Student Population

  • 620+ students
  • 96% first-year
  • 3% sophomore
  • 1% junior
  • <1% senior

Facilities and Amenities

  • 620+ residence hall spaces, 95% double rooms, 5% singles
  • 6 Buildings: Carolina, HBB (Hook, Brannock, and Barney), Smith, Sloan, Virginia, and West

Get a 360-degree view of a room in Historic:

Room in Virginia HallNeighborhood Leadership

Ashley O’Bruba, the Community Director, lives in the neighborhood and leads the residence life aspects of the neighborhood. Caleigh “Mac” Mackinnon is the Graduate Apprentice.

The Faculty Director, lives in the neighborhood and supports the intellectual life of the neighborhood.

Living-Learning Communities in the Neighborhood

Signature Programs, Traditions, and Experiences

  • Elon After Dark
  • Late Night in the Neighborhood
  • Cooking Demonstration Dinners
  • Monthly Neighborhood Dinners at McEwen
  • Historic BBQ
  • Finals Historic Study Nights (Fall and Spring)
  • West Birthday Party, in conjunction with Homecoming
  • Historic Block Party, at the end of Spring semester