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 March 1, 2019. 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 Session 1: Whitewater Rafting and Rock Climbing

Participants on Week 1 AIL 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: July 6th – 11th, 2019

Program Cost: $500.00

Capacity: 32

Learn more about AIL: Whitewater Rafting and Rock Climbing

Adventures in Leadership Session 2: Mountain Biking

Participants on Week 4 AIL will travel to western North Carolina and explore Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest, the home of some great mountain biking trails. You’ll meet on campus and spend time getting to know Elon before heading out west. You’ll have the chance to hone your mountain bike skills on a variety of trails. During the day, we’ll explore beautiful scenery on our bikes and have the chance to check out waterfalls and local lakes. Each night, we’ll camp in Pisgah. No mountain biking experience is required–we’ll teach you everything!

Learn more about AIL: Mountain Biking

Dates: July 7th – 11th, 2019

Program Cost: $400.00

Capacity: 12

Adventures in Leadership Session 3: Local Adventures

Participants on Week 2 AIL 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.

Dates: July 14th – 17th, 2019

Program Cost: $200.00

Capacity: 28

Learn more about AIL: Local Adventures

Adventures in Leadership Session 4: Sea Kayaking

Participants on Week 5 AIL 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. No kayaking experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything!

Learn more about AIL: Sea Kayaking

Dates: July 14th – 18th, 2019

Program Cost: $450.00

Capacity: 14

Adventures in Leadership Session 5: Backpacking

Participants on Week 3 AIL 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. No backpacking experience necessary–we’ll teach you everything!

Dates: July 21st – 26th, 2019

Program Cost: $300.00

Capacity: 26

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: August 3-7, 2019

Program Cost: $1,200.00

Capacity: 12

Beginning March 1, 2019, registration will be available until June 14 or when each trip is full, whichever comes first.  A deposit is acceptable for registrations up to June 7, and the remaining cost is due by June 21.  Registrations after June 7 must be paid in full.

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.