Welcome to Elon!
We are excited you are joining us for Fall 2018! 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.
Registration for New Student Orientation will open spring 2018.
Arriving on Campus
Move-In Day for Fall 2018 is Friday, August 24. In order to alleviate traffic congestion, we ask that you arrive at the appropriate time listed below. This will help create a smooth Move-In Day experience for all 1650 students and their families. Please do not arrive earlier than the specified time.
- 8:00AM – 3rd & 4th Floor
- 9:30AM – 2nd Floor
- 10:30AM – 1st Floor
When you arrive in your Residential Neighborhood NSO staff will greet you, ask students to check-in to receive their room key and NSO materials, and then they will begin helping to unload your vehicle and move you into your room.
Please note that each Residential Neighborhood will have its own set of driving directions. We ask that you follow these directions rather than a GPS so that traffic runs smoothly throughout Burlington and Elon’s campus. Directions will be posted in the months leading up to New Student Orientation.
First-year student Orientation runs Friday-Monday. Throughout the experience, you will attend several sessions with your group and your Orientation Leader in which you will learn about how to be academically successful at Elon, how to get involved in student organizations, and how to immerse yourself in the Elon community. Each night during Orientation, Elon will host a social event for new students that will give you the opportunity to meet people from all across campus—not just in your NSO group or Residence Hall. Participating in NSO will lay the foundation for life at Elon!
After NSO is over, you will still meet with your group once a week throughout the Fall Semester in Elon 101. Elon 101 is a one credit-hour course taught by your academic advisor and a student teaching assistant. This course will focus on academic components like completing the first-year core, selecting courses for your spring semester, and creating a graduation plan complete with coursework and Elon Experiences. Your academic advisor will continue to help you throughout your time at Elon, until you declare your major and are assigned a new advisor in that department.
Transfer students coming to Elon with prior academic credits from another 4-year or 2-year institution will participate in New Student Orientation from Friday-Monday. Transfer students will be in an Orientation group with other transfer students and an Orientation Leader who has been specially trained to answer questions unique to the transfer student population.
Even though transfer students already have college experience, NSO will help you become acclimated to life at Elon. From navigating logistics like transferring course credits and work experience, to getting involved in a new social setting, New Student Orientation will make sure your transition into the Elon community is smooth and seamless. Each night during NSO, Elon will host a social event for all new students that will give you the opportunity to meet people from all across campus—not just in your NSO group or Residence Hall. Participating in NSO will lay the foundation for life at Elon!
International students arrive on Tuesday and begin an International Students’ Orientation program offered jointly through the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center and New Student Orientation. Because international students may have unique logistical needs, this extra time on campus will help make sure you are confident and ready to begin classes. The Global Education Center will be your primary resource for the days leading up to Orientation.
From Friday–Monday, international students will participate in New Student Orientation along with the rest of the new students. Throughout the experience, you will attend several sessions with your group and your Orientation Leader in which you will learn about how to be academically successful at Elon, how to get involved in student organizations, and how to immerse yourself in the Elon community. Each night during Orientation, Elon will host a social event for new students that will give you the opportunity to meet people from all across campus—not just in your NSO group or Residence Hall. Participating in NSO will lay the foundation for life at Elon!
Parents & Families
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 January, 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.
New Student Orientation Activities
New Student Orientation activities will occur Friday-Monday. 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’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
Held on Saturday morning, 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 President, the Provost, 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 last years Convocation can be seen on Elon’s Flickr site as well as social media!
For a complete schedule and up-to-the-minute information, download the Elon Guides App on your iPhone or Android before you arrive to campus in August. An updated App will be released in early August.