Beginning in January 2021 for the School of Health Sciences and Fall 2021 for all other schools except the School of Law, Elon University will move from a 3 digit course number system to a 4 digit course number system.  The only thing that is changing about the courses is moving the course number from 3 to 4 digits.  All other details about the course (description, requisites, etc.) remain the same.

Go to this link to see a reference table of the 3 digit and new 4 digit numbers for each course.

What you need to know:

  • In the 4 digit number, the first digit is still the level of the course:
    3 digit format 4 digit format Level description
    100-199 1000-1999 Lower-level, introductory undergraduate courses.  Generally, no prerequisites
    200-299 2000-2999 Lower-level, intermediate undergraduate courses. May have prerequisites.
    300-399 3000-3999 Upper-level, intermediate undergraduate courses. More likely to have prerequisites.
    400-499 4000-4999 Upper-level, advanced undergraduate courses. Usually have prerequisites.
    500-599 5000-5999 Introductory level graduate and professional courses
    600-699 6000-6999 First year master-level courses
    700-799 7000-7999 Second year master-level courses
    800-899 8000-8999 First year doctoral level courses
    9000-9999 Second year doctoral level courses
  • The 2020-21 and the 2021-22 Academic Catalogs list both the 3-digit and the 4-digit numbers for each course.
  •  For Winter Term, Spring and Summer 2021 (i.e., the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year) you will register for courses using the currrent, 3-digit numbers.
  • For Fall 2021 the class schedule will be published and you will register with the new, 4-digit numbers.
  • On your official academic transcript, courses you took that had 3-digit numbers will be listed with the 3-digit number.  Courses you take that have 4-digit numbers will be listed with the 4-digit number.
  • As always, work with your academic advisor to plan your class schedule for upcoming semesters.
  • If you have questions about the move to 4-digit course numbers you may contact:
    The Office of the University Registrar,, 336-278-6677
    The Academic Advising Center,, 336-278-6500