Welcome to Elon!

We are excited you are joining us for Spring 2022! 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. We cannot wait to see you January 29-30, 2022 for your NSO experience!

We recognize that this will not be the same orientation as previous years, but know that we will prioritize health and safety in addition to finding ways to deliver on the New Student Orientation goals despite the changes. Our goals for New Student Orientation remain the same, that new students will:

  • Connect with peers in meaningful ways and share experiences to broaden their community.
  • Engage their intercultural awareness and learn Elon’s common language, perspective, and skills to bolster their understanding of self and how their identity contributes to the broader Elon community.
  • Discover Elon University’s traditions and campus culture.
  • Learn about and deepen their understanding of the University services and procedures that they will use throughout their years at Elon.
  • Intellectually engage with faculty, staff, administrators, and other students to strengthen their understanding of the academic expectations of the college experience, including the Core Curriculum, engaged learning, and academic advising.
  • Enhance their understanding of University requirements and resources designed to support them as they strive for academic success.

RSVP for the Spring New Student Convocation Luncheon

It is expected that all new students (first-years and transfers) attend the entirety of New Student Orientation (January 29th-30th). To help us plan, let us know how many of your guests will be joining you for the spring New Student Convocation luncheon on Sunday, January 30th. This university tradition will mark the end of the orientation program.
  • The New Student Convocation luncheon is scheduled for Sunday, January 30th at 12:30 and will last approximately one hour.

Who Attends Orientation

New Student Orientation is designed for all new students, transfers and first-years. It is expected that all new students will participate fully in the experience. We expect everyone to be present and plan accordingly, you do not need to register prior to the experience.

If you have any questions about the schedule, please reach out to New Student Programs at nsp@elon.edu or (336) 278-7000.

Required COVID-19 Vaccination

All students, faculty, and staff must submit proof of vaccination prior to their arrival on campus. The deadline to submit vaccination information or apply for a religious or medical exemption is January 7, 2022. If you have received a booster shot for COVID-19, please include this documentation when you submit.

Upon arrival, students who are not fully vaccinated (received their final dose and an additional 14 days have passed) and have not submitted vaccination documentation are required to complete mandatory, arrival COVID-19 testing on campus (free of charge) upon their arrival to campus, as well as participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. Testing location and timing details are being confirmed and will be communicated to new students prior to their arrival. Students should plan to be tested in the morning on Saturday, January 29, 2022 to ensure adequate time to receive results prior to checking in for New Student Orientation. Students not completing COVID-19 arrival procedures will be dropped from classes and will not be able to move into their housing.

Test results will be posted within two hours at the bottom of your My Readiness page. While awaiting results, students may move into their room while wearing a mask and following safe physical distancing guidelines. Please note that all students, employees and visitors must wear masks in indoor campus spaces (except when alone in a private office, in a residence hall/apartment room, or while eating or drinking).

Testing positive: Those with positive results are required to immediately return to the testing location to take a PCR test and then quarantine at least until those results are returned within 24-48 hours (to avoid any chance of false positives). Those with a positive result, confirmed by a positive PCR test, will be required by the county health department to undergo a period of isolation.

Arriving late: If you anticipate that you will be arriving late to campus and needing to test upon arrival, please proceed directly to the testing location (details will be posted and communicated prior to arrival). If your arrival time falls outside of the available testing window, plan to quarantine until testing resumes on the next available day. Depending on housing arrangements, students should contact roommates, suitemates, or apartment mates about their plans.

Please refer to the Healthy Elon Page for a thorough and up-to-date explanation of Elon’s plans and approach to monitoring and containing the spread of COVID-19. https://www.elon.edu/u/healthy-elon/

Arriving on Campus

A snapshot of your January 29, 2022:

  • If required – Test for COVID-19 in the designated testing location (details TBD – more information about testing above)
  • Check into housing at your neighborhood area office (if applicable) and move into your room
  • Early afternoon, check into New Student Orientation in the Moseley Student Center. This is where you will receive your Phoenix Card
  • Engage in New Student Orientation beginning mid-afternoon on Saturday, January 29 and culminating in New Student Convocation on Sunday, January 30

A Campus Map will be useful as you navigate in and around our campus.



There is ample parking in and around campus.

For COVID-19 testing in McCoy Commons 207, you are welcome to park in the Oaks Neighborhood parking lot.

Each Residential Neighborhood has its own parking lot, please park in the designated parking lot. For New Student Orientation you are welcome to either park in the McMichael lot or Oaks Neighborhood lot.

If you are coming to Elon with a car that you’ll keep on campus, be sure to obtain your parking permit. You can find out more information and register your vehicle on the Campus Safety and Police website .

New Student Orientation Activities

We developed a re-imagined New Student Orientation experience for all new students. Activities will occur in the mid afternoon on Saturday, January 29 and run all day on Sunday, January 30. You will participate in a small group of 12-15 students and an Orientation Leader, an upper-class student who has been trained to give you all the information you will need to be successful at Elon. Whether you are new to college, or just new to Elon’s campus, Orientation Leaders will make sure you feel confident and competent as you begin your Elon experience.

You will also have the chance to meet with your academic advisor, the person who will work with you to help plan for coursework and experiential learning until you declare a major. Once you declare a major, you will be assigned a new academic advisor in that disciplinary area.

In addition to making sure you are prepared to begin class and engage in academics at Elon, Orientation will help you learn about campus life and cultural values at Elon. Elon’s values a strong, inclusive community in which students understand the importance of different identities respectfully engage with each other across those differences. A full schedule will be provided at check-in.

New Student Convocation

New Student Convocation is an important Elon tradition in which new students gather together to hear an official welcome to the University from  the Provost, the Vice President of Student Life, and other senior administrators. New students also receive an acorn, a symbol of the ways in which they will grow during their time at Elon. Please arrive early and dress neatly for this special event. Photos from Fall Convocation can be seen on Elon’s Flickr site as well as social media! Due to limited capacity, only students will be allowed into the venue.

The Spring New Student Convocation will take place on Sunday, January 30th at 12:30pm and will include lunch with campus faculty, staff, and administrators. We ask that students RSVP to let the planning team know how many guests will be joining them for this event.

Parents & Family

Please refer to the Parent and Family Virtual Orientation Page for key virtual sessions that have been recorded for the benefit of the families of new Elon students. In addition to these virtual opportunities, there will be an in-person Welcome Session for parents and families on Saturday (January 29th), and families are welcome to join the community for the New Student Convocation Luncheon on Sunday (January 30th) as well. Additional details will be shared in mid-January.

FAQs About Move-in Spring 2022

What is the procedure for physical distancing and sanitizing during move-in?

Elon University will require students and families moving in to wear face coverings throughout the move-in process, as masks are required in all indoor spaces on campus. We will post safe usage guidelines including physical distancing and occupancy limits for all common areas, including lounges, kitchens, and lobbies. We will place hand sanitizing stations in buildings, particularly around elevators, restrooms, and common areas.

Will there be volunteers to help with my move-in?

There will be no helpers to help with move-in this year in an effort to limit the potential spread of COVID-19. Orientation and Residence Life staff will be in the buildings and available to provide directions, but we encourage students and families to be ready to move their own items into their room. We encourage you to refrain from bringing trailers or extra-large vehicles; students should not be bringing enough items to warrant these types of vehicles.

Who can be present at move-in?

The university currently has no restrictions on the number of family members or move-in helpers. Please note that students who host off-campus visitors during their move-in day are responsible for communicating campus guidelines. As masks are required for everyone in campus facilities, hosts must ensure all visitors wear masks in campus indoor spaces. This policy is subject to change based on guidelines for physical distancing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health, and the university’s Healthy Elon Committee.

How should I pack my things?

Please follow these guidelines when packing:

  • Don’t bring it all! Due to the uncertain nature of COVID-19 and the spring semester, students are strongly encouraged to pack only necessary items – enough to last through the end of the semester.
  • Consider bringing a dolly or handcart to make moving in easier.
  • Clearly label your belongings with your full name, residence hall, room number, and a contact phone number. Include labels on everything and make them easily visible.
  • Pack everything in a box, suitcase, or storage bin. Loose items are more likely to get lost and create more trips back and forth. In addition, in the event of inclement weather your belongings will be much safer in a box than on their own!
  • Size matters (and weight too)! Remember that, in a lot of cases, you will be using stairs and not elevators to move your belongings.
  • Communicate! Make sure that you have talked with your roommate and made an effort to avoid duplicating items for your room.
  • Be informed! Make sure that you review the list of what to bring and not bring and know what is and is not allowed in your room. Again, this will save time and effort for everyone!
  • Given the current circumstances, students may not want to travel often so they will need to bring enough items for the semester but not so much that they can’t move it all into their rooms by themselves. Residence Life has provided a suggested packing list to help narrow down items to bring.

What to Bring

Residence life encourages you to bring items that make your room feel more like home and make campus life more convenient for you.

What you should bring from home:

  • Laptop
  • Power strips (the UL approved, heavy duty type)
  • Smart TV or TV with Roku/HDMI streaming capabilities
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Desk lamp (not halogen), alarm clock, electric fan, small trash can, recycling bin
  • High-Efficiency Light Bulbs (LED or CFL) for desk lamps
  • Reusable water bottle and mug
  • Small refrigerator (10 amps or less)
  • TV
  • Linens, towels, blanket, pillow, mattress pad
  • Laundry basket/detergent/dryer sheets
  • Clothes drying rack/hangers
  • Hairdryer, curling iron, razors

If you have questions, please contact Residence Life at residencelife@elon.edu or 336-278-7300.

In light of Covid-19, please be sure to also bring the following items:

In light of Covid-19, Residence Life encourage you to bring the following items:

  • Cleaning supplies (ex. antibacterial spray or wipes, window cleaner)
  • At least 5 washable face coverings (required on campus)
  • Hand soap/sanitizer
  • Facial Tissues
  • Non-perishable foods for your room
  • Bottled Water
  • First Aid Kit
  • Trash bags
  • Toilet Paper/Paper Towels
  • Thermometer
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Utensils
  • Medical information (ex. insurance information)

If you have questions, please contact Residence Life at residencelife@elon.edu or 336-278-7300.

What Not to Bring

Residence life encourages you to leave these items at home:

  • Microwaves and toaster ovens (except in Danieley Center kitchen area)
  • Extension cords
  • Halogen lamps
  • Cinder blocks to raise beds
  • Power tools
  • Gas, charcoal or electric grills
  • Candles (no candles are allowed at all), incense, or fireworks
  • Holiday (string) Lights; also LED lights
  • Hoverboards (including self-balancing scooters, battery operated scooters, hands-free seaways, and similar items)
  • Space Heaters
  • Electric Blankets
  • Wireless routers
  • Salt lamps
  • Any open-coil heating appliance
  • Pets (ONLY non-lethal fish in a 10-gallon tank or smaller are allowed)
  • Weapons
  • Microsoft Office (as a student you get a copy for free!)

If you have questions, please contact Residence Life at residencelife@elon.edu or 336-278-7300.