Want to start your Elon experience before you arrive on campus?

First-Year Summer Experience (FSE) programs are designed to help incoming students feel confident and prepared as they enroll at Elon. The FSE programs embrace the university’s commitment to experiential learning, and use this guiding philosophy to help students develop self-awareness, enhance relationships, and define community in preparation for their Elon experience.

FSE registration will go live in early May. You will be able to access the system after you have paid your enrollment deposit and activated your Elon email account, which is required for registration.

Adventures in Leadership Session 1: Zipline, Hike, and Explore Western North Carolina

Participants on Session 1 will travel to western North Carolina and explore Pisgah National Forest. You’ll meet on campus and spend a day getting to know Elon before heading to Pisgah. We’ll spend a day on the river, learning how to whitewater raft and practicing skills. Then we’ll spend a day rock climbing and canyoneering in one of the best climbing spots in the Southeast before hiking and exploring waterfalls around western North Carolina. Each night, we’ll camp in Pisgah. No rafting or climbing experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything!

Dates: TBD

Program Cost: TBD

Capacity: TBD

Learn more about AIL: Zipline, Hike, and Explore Western North Carolina

Adventures in Leadership Session 2: Paddling on the Outer Banks

Participants on Session 2 will travel to eastern North Carolina and explore NC’s beautiful beaches. You’ll meet on campus and spend time getting to know Elon before heading off to the coast. Once there, you’ll learn how to kayak and have a chance to practice your skills before we set off on the open water. We’ll camp on barrier islands and explore local communities. Expect to paddle 2-3 miles a day on this moderately strenuous session. No kayaking experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything!

Dates: TBD

Program Cost: TBD

Capacity: TBD

Learn more about AIL: Paddling on the Outer Banks

Adventures in Leadership Session 3: Local Adventures

Participants on Session 3 will stay in a residence hall for part of the program. The other part will be spent camping at a local park. We’ll spend time getting more familiar with campus resources and then participate in a variety of adventures around the local area. Participants should expect to hike, paddle, explore and be active throughout the week. We’ll introduce you to local ways to get outside and enjoy nature while at school. Expect to be active each day on this moderately strenuous session.

Dates: TBD

Program Cost: TBD

Capacity: TBD

Learn more about AIL: Local Adventures

Adventures in Leadership Session 4: Canoe Camping and Fishing

Participants on Session 4 will travel to western North Carolina and explore NC’s beautiful mountains and lakes. You’ll meet on campus and spend time getting to know Elon before heading off to the woods. Once there, you’ll learn how to canoe, practice your fishing skills, and explore the local area. No canoeing or fishing experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything! Expect to paddle/hike 2-3 miles a day on this moderately strenuous session.

Dates: TBD

Program Cost: TBD

Capacity: TBD

Learn more about AIL: Canoe Camping and Fishing

Adventures in Leadership Session 5: Whitewater Rafting and Rock climbing

Participants on Session 5 will travel to western North Carolina and explore Pisgah National Forest. You’ll meet on campus and spend a day getting to know Elon before heading to Pisgah. We’ll spend a day on the river, learning how to whitewater raft and practicing skills. Then we’ll spend a day rock climbing and canyoneering in one of the best climbing spots in the Southeast before hiking and exploring waterfalls around western North Carolina. Each night, we’ll camp in Pisgah. No rafting or climbing experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything! Expect to be active each day and hike 3-4 miles a day.

Dates: TBD

Program Cost: TBD

Capacity: TBD

Learn more about AIL: Whitewater Rafting and Rock Climbing

Adventures in Leadership Session 6: Backpacking

Participants on Session 5 will meet at Elon before heading off to Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina for a week of backpacking. We use our time on campus to introduce you to Elon and teach you the skills you’ll need while on the trail. We will spend 3 days and nights on the Art Loeb trail before returning to campus. Expect to hike between 5-7 miles per day on this strenuous session. No backpacking experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything!

Dates: TBD

Program Cost: TBD

Capacity: TBD

Learn more about AIL: Backpacking

Engage: Community Engagement in Alamance County

Engage provides a unique opportunity to support incoming first-year students in their transition to Elon through a community service lens. While participating in Engage, you will get to meet other first-year students who share similar interests, and get to know current student leaders, staff, and faculty members.

Through Engage, you will also have the opportunity to:

  • Spend a week living in a residence hall and get time to explore campus,
  • Volunteer with multiple community organizations,
  • Explore parts of Alamance County that many students do not get a chance to see,
  • Get to know the local community outside of Elon, and
  • Get advice on preparing for your first-year and beyond from current students, faculty, and staff.

Acceptance into Engage is on a first-come, first-served basis, so submit your registration early. If you have any questions, contact Sarah Williams via email at swilliams63@elon.edu for more information.

Dates: July 6th – 10th, 2021

Program Cost: $300

Learn more about Engage

Beginning May 1st, 2021, registration will be available until June 14th or when each trip is full, whichever comes first.  A deposit is acceptable for registrations up to June 7th, and the remaining cost is due by June 21stRegistrations after June 7th must be paid in full.

To inquire about program status or to ask general questions, contact New Student Programs (nsp@elon.edu) or phone (336-278-7000). For questions pertaining to a specific program we encourage you to reach out directly to the program facilitators:

Adventures in Leadership

Evan Small
esmall@elon.edu
336-278-4673

Engage

Sarah Williams
swilliams63@elon.edu
336-278-7129

Upon program acceptance, participants will receive further information directly from their respective program. Some need-based scholarships are available; contact the program facilitators for more information.

For assistance with accessing your login information, please contact the Campus Technology Help Desk at 336-278-5200 or servicedesk@elon.edu or visit their New Student Technology website.