First-Year Summer Experiences

First-Year Summer Experience (FSE) programs are designed to help incoming students feel confident and prepared as they enroll at Elon. 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.


July 8-13, 2018


Engage provides a unique opportunity to support incoming first-year students in their transition to Elon through a community service lens.

Students spend a week living on campus, volunteering within the Burlington community, familiarizing themselves with the Elon campus, exploring Alamance County, and becoming acquainted with students, faculty, and staff they will see again in the fall.

Acceptance into Engage is on a first-come, first-served basis, so submit your registration early! Registration is open as early as January. There are some scholarships available.

If you have any questions about registration or scholarships, contact Kyle Anderson via email at for more information.

Engage as a whole made me feel more comfortable on campus. The program allowed me to meet other first-year students with a similar interest in service-learning and social justice. I knew I will have people to rely on when I come back in the fall. Meeting faculty members and upperclassmen helped me to start building connections with people I will be around throughout my college career. I am so grateful to have been able to attend Engage. I encourage any rising first-year who is interested in meeting other first-years, becoming more acquainted with Elon and Burlington, and driven to get a head start on college to attend the program.

Bridgette Agbozo ’19