New Student & Transition Programs, in partnership with the Office of Parent Engagement, recognize the vital role that family members play in their student’s successful transition to university life. It is important for parents and families to gain knowledge and develop skills that will reinforce a sense of family support in their student’s education. To achieve this, you are encouraged to attend our family orientation program that coincides with your students New Student Orientation experience. Students may experience transition throughout their years at Elon. The resources listed below will help enhance families knowledge and skills to help coach their student through their collegiate journey.

Summer Welcome Events

The Office of Parent Engagement sponsors events nationwide, designed and hosted by current Elon parents, for incoming parents and students to welcome them to the Elon family!

Learn more about Summer Welcome Events


New Student Orientation for Families

New Student & Transition Program is excited to welcome families to Elon University! Our office would like to acknowledge the important role families will play in their student’s successful transition to Elon. Transitions are always challenging, whether students are coming to Elon from high school, another college, or the workplace; here at Elon, NSTP strives to provide students and families with the support they need to make a smooth transition.

The Family Orientation program is separate from New Student Orientation as families and students have different needs and questions about the college transition. While students are meeting with their peer Orientation Leader, parents will attend sessions with faculty, staff, and administrators who can attend to the needs of parents and families. Family events are also an opportunity to meet other families and learn ways to stay involved in the Elon community! There are several events which families and students attend together, such as New Student Convocation, and they will be marked our the respective schedules.


Family Weekend

Elon welcomes all family members and friends to return to campus to visit with their students and participate in the many scheduled events during this special weekend in the fall.

Learn more about Family Weekend


The Office of Parent Engagement

Parents of every Elon University student are invited to share and support their student’s university experience. The Office of Parent Engagement provides parents many opportunities to be a Partner, Advocate, and Investor of the University.

Visit the Parent Engagement website


Parent & Family Reading List

Learn about the many books and articles parents and families can read about how to better support their student’s college success.

View the reading list


Local Hotel Accommodations

There are a number of hotels and bed & breakfasts in the local area. It is recommended to make reservations well in advance to ensure adequate lodging for your family.

View a list of accommodations