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.

Registration for FSEs is now live. 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.

Make sure to visit our table at Rising Phoenix Weekends throughout the spring to speak with this year’s student facilitators who will be leading each of these experiences!

Adventures in Leadership: Whitewater Rafting & Rock Climbing

Elon’s Adventures in Leadership (AIL), hosted by Campus Recreation & Elon Outdoors, is an outdoor experience offered only to incoming Elon students. The program will aid you in developing leadership skills, understanding community, working in teams, and building lasting friendships. It is an excellent opportunity to learn more about yourself in a natural world and helps you make the transition into your first year.

Students on the AIL: Whitewater Rafting and Rock Climbing trip will travel to western North Carolina and explore Pisgah National Forest. They’ll meet on campus and spend a day getting to know Elon before heading to Pisgah. Participants spend a day on the river, learning how to whitewater raft and practicing skills. Then they’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, the group will camp in Pisgah. No rafting or climbing experience necessary-Elon Outdoors teach you everything!

Dates: July 8-13 (2018)

Program Cost: $500

Learn more about AIL: Whitewater Rafting and Rock Climbing

Adventures in Leadership: Local Adventures

Elon’s Adventures in Leadership (AIL), hosted by Campus Recreation & Elon Outdoors, is an outdoor experience offered only to incoming Elon students. The program will aid you in developing leadership skills, understanding community, working in teams, and building lasting friendships. It is an excellent opportunity to learn more about yourself in a natural world and helps you make the transition into your first year.

Students on the AIL: Local Adventures trip will live on campus for the duration of the program and will get a chance to experience living in a residence hall. They’ll spend time getting more familiar with campus and meeting faculty and staff before heading off to hike, paddle, and explore local areas. Students will be introduced to local ways to get outside and enjoy nature while at school.

Dates: July 15-18 (2018)

Program Cost: $200

Learn more about AIL: Local Adventures

Adventures in Leadership: Backpacking

Elon’s Adventures in Leadership (AIL), hosted by Campus Recreation & Elon Outdoors, is an outdoor experience offered only to incoming Elon students. The program will aid you in developing leadership skills, understanding community, working in teams, and building lasting friendships. It is an excellent opportunity to learn more about yourself in a natural world and helps you make the transition into your first year.

Students on the AIL: Backpacking trip will meet at Elon before heading off to Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina for a week of backpacking. Time on campus will be used to introduce students to Elon and teach them the skills they’ll need while on the trail. No backpacking experience necessary – Campus Recreation & Elon Outdoors will teach students everything!

Dates: July 22-27 (2018)

Program Cost: $300

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.

Dates: July 7-12 2019

Program Cost: $300

Learn more about Engage

Innovation: Los Angeles

California has always been an innovation leader. During this five-day program in Los Angeles, students will look at the ingredients to innovation that will serve them well in their college careers. The program will include an opening day of orientation followed by three themed days in Balance, Creativity and Effort. Each day will include team and individual based activities geared towards both personal and community goals while incorporating Elon’s Isabella Cannon Center’s philosophy, “think globally, act locally.” Evening activities will include video presentations, discussions around the history of Elon University, as well as reflections on the day’s experiences. Participants will learn about innovation through stories and national examples, explore ways to balance adult life personally and in groups, become familiar with techniques and common practices of creative people.

Dates: July 28-August 1 (2018)

Program Cost: $1,100

 

The priority registration deadline is June 1, 2018, but we will continue accepting registrations until the programs are full or until June 15, whichever comes first. The deposit deadline is June 8, 2018 and all final payments are due June 22, 2018. To inquire about program status or to ask questions, contact New Student & Transition Programs (nstp@elon.edu) or phone (336-278-7000) for more information. Upon program acceptance, participants will receive further information including the balance deadline. Some need-based scholarships are available; contact nstp@elon.edu 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.