Student orientation leaders carrying boxes to dormsWelcome to Elon!

We are excited you are joining us for Fall 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 recognize that this will not be the same orientation as previous years, but know that we will prioritize health and safety in addition to finding ways to deliver on the New Student Orientation goals despite the changes. Our goals for New Student Orientation remain the same, that new students will:

  • Connect with peers in meaningful ways and share experiences to broaden their community.
  • Engage their intercultural awareness and learn Elon’s common language, perspective, and skills to bolster their understanding of self and how their identity contributes to the broader Elon community.
  • Discover Elon University’s traditions and campus culture.
  • Learn about and deepen their understanding of the University services and procedures that they will use throughout their years at Elon.
  • Intellectually engage with faculty, staff, administrators, and other students to strengthen their understanding of the academic expectations of the college experience, including the Core Curriculum, engaged learning, and academic advising.
  • Enhance their understanding of University requirements and resources designed to support them as they strive for academic success.

Elon will expand new student move-in times to multiple days over the course of August 14-15, reducing congestion and supporting physical distancing in residence halls. Students will be assigned move-in appointment times. As much as possible, students should limit the number of family members who help them move-in, preferably being assisted by only one or two others. We expect to provide more information about assignments for move-in dates and times and New Student Orientation by July 1. Classes begin on Wednesday, August 19.

Arriving on Campus

Due to the updated academic calendar, new students will be arriving earlier than anticipated. Students will be assigned a specific date and time (August 14-15) for Move-in. Students, check your Acorn Account for your assigned date and time.

Spreading move-in over multiple days from August 14-15, helps reduce congestion and supports physical distancing in residence halls. Please adhere to your assigned date and time. As much as possible, students should limit the number of family members who help them move-in, preferably being assisted by only one or two others. Out of an abundance of caution we are not able to provide assistance with moving your belongings. We encourage you to bring your own dolly or wagon to help assist you in the move.

On arrival to campus, all students and families must report first to Schar Center for a Health Check-In. There, students and their families will:

  • Show proof of COVID-19 testing
  • Show proof of immunizations (first-year students only)
  • Have temperature taken
  • Receive health kit (Elon-branded face covering, hand sanitizer, information, thermometer, etc.)
  • Provide proof of completion of required health training and signing of the Healthy Elon Commitment, a collective commitment to act each day to safeguard the health and well-being of all community members

Once cleared, you will be directed to your Residential Neighborhood to get your room key, Phoenix Card, New Student Orientation materials and begin to move in!

First Year Students

We’re developing a re-imagined orientation for first-year students which will include numerous small group engagement opportunities held in person.

Orientation will begin after dinner on Saturday, August 15. There will be optional activities throughout the day on Saturday to engage students who move-in on Friday, August 14.

More information about the New Student Orientation schedule will be posted in mid-July.

Transfer Students

We’re developing a re-imagined orientation for transfer students which will include numerous small group engagement opportunities held in person.

Orientation will begin after dinner on Saturday, August 15. There will be optional activities throughout the day on Saturday to engage students who move-in on Friday, August 14.

More information about the New Student Orientation schedule will be posted in mid-July.

International Students

We’re developing a re-imagined orientation for international students which will include numerous small group engagement opportunities held in person and virtually. Check with the Global Engagement Center for more information specific to your arrival and International Student Orientation experience.

International students also participate in New Student Orientation, which begins after dinner on Saturday, August 15. There will be optional activities throughout the day on Saturday to engage students who move-in on Friday, August 14.

More information about the New Student Orientation schedule will be posted in mid-July.

Parents & Families

We are not hosting an in-person Parent and Family Orientation. More information on our virtual program will be available soon.

New Student Orientation Activities

We’re developing a re-imagined New Student Orientation experience for all new students. Activities will occur post Move-in through Tuesday, August 18. You will participate in a small group of 12-15 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 in August.

New Student Convocation

New Student Convocation is an important Elon tradition featuring 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.

For Fall 2020, students will experience New Student Convocation with their Elon 101 cohort, instructor, and peer educator via a live-stream. The live-stream link will also be shared with families, in addition to a recording that will be posted online following the ceremony. More information will be released in the coming weeks.