Welcome to Elon!

We are excited you are joining us for Spring 2020! 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 February 1-2, 2020 for your NSO experience!

Arriving on Campus

Move-In Day for Spring 2020 will be Saturday, February 1, beginning at 9:00am. You will need to pick up your Phoenix Card from the Phoenix Card office located in McCoy Commons. After picking up your Phoenix Card, you will proceed to your assigned Residential Neighborhood office. Upon check-in, you will get your room key and get to meet the staff and students living and working in your neighborhood.

Official Orientation programming will begin at 1:00pm with Orientation Check-in. At check-in, you will receive your New Student Orientation schedule and a campus map.


Each Residential Neighborhood has its own parking lot, please park in the designated parking lot. Make sure that you obtain your room key and Phoenix Card before you start to move belongings into the building.

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

During New Student Orientation you will participate in a small group of 10-12 students and an Orientation Leader, an upperclass 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 values a strong, inclusive community in which students understand the importance of different identities and respectfully engage with each other across those differences.

New Student Convocation

New Student Convocation is an important Elon tradition in which new students and their families 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!

Parents & Family

Our staff understands that a student coming to college is a transition for the whole family! Whether the student comes to campus in August or February, we want to make sure the whole family feels welcomed as part of the Elon community. There are several events specifically for parents during New Student Orientation, including a meeting with your student’s academic advisor, an information fair about campus resources and programs, and a coffee social for you to meet other Elon parents. Of course, families are invited and encouraged to attend New Student Convocation and to take photos on our beautiful campus after the ceremony. The Office of Parent Engagement is another great resource for you to learn about being a part of the Elon community.

RSVP for Spring New Student Orientation

  • Please let us know how many people will be staying through the entirety of the NSO program and the number joining New Student Convocation on Sunday, Feb. 2. NOTE: If this number changes, please notify NSTP asap.