Elon earns accolades for experiential learning in 2023 Fiske Guide

The new edition of the popular college guide highlights Elon's commitment to engaged learning and its strong community.

The 2023 Fiske Guide to Colleges highlights Elon’s growing national reputation as a leader in experiential learning and global engagement.

The Fiske Guide, in its 39th year, highlights more than 300 of the nation’s “best and most interesting” colleges and universities with a broad range of information to assist prospective students and their families in the college search process. Edited by Edward B. Fiske, former education editor for The New York Times, the guide is based on academic ratings, price category, quality of student life on campus and other factors.

The Fiske Guide includes comments from current students to help illustrate the strengths of the schools included in the exclusive publication.

“Elon encourages students to not only ask questions but also find complicated and nuanced answers,” explains one strategic communications major in responding to the Fiske survey.

“Elon’s best asset is honestly its commitment to engaged learning,” said one student. “Elon is not just a place,” said a senior, “it’s an experience and a community.”

The guide highlights Elon’s emphasis on undergraduate research, internships, service learning, study abroad and leadership — the five Elon Experiences — as well as the opportunities the university provides students to mature intellectually and socially.

It also discusses the Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) that each student must fulfill by completing at least two of the five Elon Experiences.

“I’ve found the critical thinking and reflection that comes from ELRs to be extremely beneficial for discussing my experiences and strengths in job interviews,” said a journalism major.

Also mentioned in the 2023 guide are Elon traditions like College Coffee and the Festival of Lights, as well the seven Fellows programs, living-learning communities, first-year experiences, and the small classes and personal attention from faculty members.

Edward B. Fiske, the founder and editor of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, is a former Education Editor of the New York Times who is known for his writing on topics ranging from trends in American higher education to primary school reform in Southeast Asia, New Zealand and South Africa. Fiske established the guide in 1982 when, covering higher education for the Times, he sensed the need for a publication that would help students and parents navigate the increasingly complex college admissions scene.