Elon announces changes to 2020 First-Year Summer Experience programming

As a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, Elon has transitioned to virtual programming for its 2020 First-Year Summer Experience programs.

As the university continues to monitor the ever-changing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Elon has transitioned the nature of its 2020 First-Year Summer Experience to virtual programming.

Students participating in the 2019 Engage summer program pose for a photo at Peacehaven Farm in Whitsett, NC.

The changes impact the Adventures in Leadership outdoor adventures programs and the Engage community service program.

Tuesday, participants were notified by university leaders about the decision, explaining that the transition was due to the extended Phase 2 of North Carolina’s reopening efforts announced last week by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

“I know that you have been looking forward to this event for some time and this news may come as a disappointment,” wrote Kyle Anderson, assistant director of student community engagement, in an email to students participating in the Engage program. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to meeting you when you arrive for the fall semester in August.”

In place of in-person programming, Elon will offer participants a few virtual opportunities next week to connect participants with one another, as well as with Elon students, staff and faculty.

As the university continues to prepare the campus community for the safe return of students in August, find frequent updates about the university’s progress on the Ready and Resilient website.