Welcome to Elon!

Your admission to Elon University marks a significant life transition and your commitment to become part of a vibrant academic community. This university community – the faculty, staff and your fellow classmates – has prepared an environment defined by curiosity, engagement and reflection, and filled by ideas, theories and questions. Your decision to attend Elon indicates you’re ready to join this academic, intellectual community. Your Elon journey is going to be filled with triumphs, excitement, growth, learning, and sometimes nervousness, failure, and apprehension. Throughout those experiences, the New Student Programs (NSP) team is prepared to help enhance your Elon experience by facilitating opportunities for you and your family to feel engaged, equipped and prepared to succeed.

To help you prepare for a great year, we have planned a comprehensive Elon Bound experience in three mandatory phases. Be sure to read through the information about all three to ensure you are prepared for the journey ahead!

If you have any questions about how we can assist with your transition to Elon or about getting involved with NSP, please stop by our office at 103 Jackson Hall in the Global Neighborhood or email us at nsp@elon.edu. Welcome to your new home!

Your Elon Bound Journey

Elon Bound Virtual Pre-Orientation

This required Elon Bound virtual pre-orientation program is for all new, first-year and transfer undergraduate students. Beginning in mid-May students will access the program using their Elon username and password. Families can create a guest account and explore the virtual pre-orientation program for themselves. It includes a series of modules, videos, and quizzes to help prepare you for your Elon journey. You will receive information about fall course registration which will be critical for you to successfully register yourself for your first semester of classes at Elon!

Current Elon faculty and staff wishing to view the program should create an account and login through this separate portal. 

Advising & Registration

Once you have completed the Elon Bound Virtual Pre-Orientation program, you will sign up for a required small group advising session. We offer a variety of advising sessions. Some will be focused on certain academic disciplines, such as in the Love School of Business or the School of Communications. Others will be general sessions for students with any academic interest. These sessions will last 60-minutes and will be a small group of five or fewer students. We will review the Elon Core Curriculum, the use of Student Planning to register for classes, incoming credits you have earned, and to discuss questions that you have. Once you complete your required small group advising session, you will be provided your date and time to register for your classes.

New Student Orientation

Whether you are coming to Elon as a first-year student or a transfer student, New Student Orientation (NSO) will ensure that your transition to Elon is smooth and enjoyable. All new students (both first-years and transfers) are expected to participate in New Student Orientation which directly follows move-in and is scheduled Friday, August 23 through Monday, August 26. Classes begin on Tuesday, August 27.

Additional Tasks

There are numerous tasks to complete between now and Move-in Day! Be sure to check off items in the Elon Bound Virtual Pre-Orientation checklist! These same items can be found on the New Student Programs website and in your Acorn Account. Don’t delay, start your Elon Bound journey today!