Your second year of college is a time to dive a bit deeper into the areas that interest you, and further explore ways to become meaningfully engaged in the Elon community. It is a time to develop deeper peer connections, begin seeking out professional development opportunities, engage in social and academic enrichment programming, and forge connections with faculty and staff. Learn more below about how to deepen your Elon experience during your second year.

Residential Living & Learning Experience

Residential Learning Communities consist of groups of students residing in the same residential area, interacting academically and socially with each other and with faculty, and sharing the same passion, interest, or academic focus. The residential learning communities at Elon are consistently ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Residential learning communities provide students the opportunity to interact with one another and with staff and faculty mentors while attending events, speakers, and programs on or off campus. The students work together and with the guidance of a faculty, staff, or peer advisor to shape their out of class learning experiences and take responsibility for their shared community.

Elon’s residential learning communities include living-learning communities (LLCs), theme-housing, and student-directed communities (SDCs). The students who participate in Elon’s residential learning communities get to be involved in a wide variety of creative, innovative, academic, and community focused activities. Students describe their LLC experience as an integral part of their Elon University experience. Students not only find a sense of community through their residential learning community, they find a true sense of home.

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Student Professional Development Center

The Elon Student Professional Development Center (SPDC) assists students in understanding their career-related interests, individual preferences, strengths, and values. They aid students in understanding how to conduct an effective internship, job, or graduate program search, for the ultimate purpose of pursuing meaningful careers over a lifetime.

Attending a workshop or scheduling a meeting with SPDC staff in the sophomore year will kick-start your professional development as you begin to consider internship and job prospects beyond graduation.

The SPDC can help students explore majors and careers, develop cover letters and resumes, prepare for interviews for internships and jobs, networking, and applying to graduate programs.

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College²Career (C²C) Program

This Career Development Program sponsored by the SPDC is a rewards program to help students become more confident in their ability to prepare for and develop the skills to help them find opportunities that move them towards their professional goals!

This program is grouped into four different groups and after completing all four, students will earn a C²C Program Certificate of Completion and become eligible for an iPad or $100 Target gift card drawing.

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SIDE Swipe Faculty & Staff

Getting to know faculty and staff is an integral component to the Elon experience. Through the SIDE Swipe program, students are able to invite a faculty or staff member to lunch without using their meal plan. Students can use the SIDE Swipes program up to two (2) times each fall and spring semester and once during each Winter Term.

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Getting connected outside the classroom enhances the educational experience at Elon. Students should connect to clubs and organizations through PhoenixCONNECT – get involved in current or new organizations and attend meetings, events, and programs throughout the academic year!

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