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| Elon is an incredible institution if you are a certain kind of student. My experience here overall has been positive, however there are certain things about this school that had I initially taken into consideration, they might have weighed on my decision to come here. Do not be fooled by the school's half hazard attempts to be "diverse". While there are certainly minorities here, by and large the vast majority of students who attend Elon are white, privileged kids who come from wealthy suburbs in New England. I have met some fantastic people here, some who fit that mold, and some who don't, and I will say it is absolutely possible to meet and get to know really cool and down to earth people. Don't necessarily let that fact scare you, it is simply important to realize that the student body here is about has homogenous as it gets. Along with that, the girls really are as beautiful as they say. Never in my life have I seen a greater collection of attractive human beings than at Elon. Again, if you fall into that category, you will absolutely love it here. It is also very true what people say about everyone dressing up for class. Everyone looks classy and put together here pretty much ever day of the week. I myself had the hardest time adjusting to this. It's a little exhausting to feel like you have to look great every time you step out of your dorm, however if you already prefer to dress that way then Elon could very well be the place for you. I will also say that the 60/40 girl guy ratio gets pretty old. Since it is a small school, while it's not like impossible to meet guys, you definitely can feel the surplus of women when you're walking around campus or going to parties. Because so many of the girls are beautiful and there are only so many attractive, straight guys here ( there is deff a healthy gay scene here, super fun if you want a gay best friend!), it can make the dating pool a bit limited. I am getting sort of tired of walking into parties and seeing hot ass girls with kind of dweeby looking dudes. Not saying you won't find a hot/decent guy here (I haven't had that much trouble), but it is something to think about. |
The academics are a cakewalk. You should have ample time to get all your work done and be involved in several of the on campus organizations. The classes are small, and the professors are very good about really wanting you to succeed. If you're struggling, your professors will be more than happy to go over some things with you and provide the help you need. To be quite honest though, I've been completely and utterly bored by the academics here. I came from a prestigious high school and took a lot of AP's, so I'm used to a certain caliber of work that I really don't think is always achieved here. I wasn't even a super stand out student in high school, so I seriously am the last person I ever thought would complain about how unchallenging the academics are. Yet so far a lot of the work I've been doing feels like nothing but idiotic busy work that is comparable to assignments I was given my freshman year of high school. Worth the 40K per year? That's up to you.
In terms of social life, don't be fooled- greek life is everything. Upon coming here, I didn't really think this would bother me because I've always wanted to join a sorority. However part of me does wish I attended a university where it wasn't such an overwhelming presence. Plus because we have deferred rush here (meaning we rush in the winter before spring semester), it really helps to network and meet as many girls who are already affiliated in order to boost your chances of getting in one that you really like. That's another thing- people here care about tiers. Not everyone does, but some people definitely do. Just know that the greek system here has a definite hierarchy. Tons of people within the greek system couldn't give about "rankings", but certain people do. That turned me off a little. If you choose not to go greek, honestly it severely limits your social opportunities. You can totally get by without it- I've met people who absolutely love this school and never went greek, however the culture of the school definitely revolves around it. Once again, it is just important to be aware. There are definitely parties at Elon, and a lot of them. There are kids who go out several nights a week, although again these people are typically always greek affiliated. Overall, Elon's a party school, but it doesn't have to be if you don't want it to be. If partying is not your cup of tea, you definitely won't be alone. With all of the opportunities that Elon provides in terms of clubs and activities, you can totally find tons of alternatives to getting hammered every weekend. If you are friendly, wealthy, white and preppy, you will absolutely love Elon. If you air on the side of artsy and hipsterish, you could very well also love Elon. However I don't know if I would necessarily choose to come here if I didn't fit that mold simply because there isn't as much diversity in that sense as you would find at say, a state school. I ultimately have to transfer out because Elon does not offer my major. I am going to sincerely miss my friends and ultimately do not regret coming here, however I am looking forward to transferring to a slightly bigger school with a more diverse student body. There is a lot to love about Elon, but there are definitely things I could live without. Because of this, I think it's really important to do your research before coming here and to make sure that this school is really a good fit for you. If is, then you'll have an incredible four years.
|Oct 23 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2017 |
| The quality of life at Elon is unbeatable. I have visited a lot of colleges, and the campus outdoes just about every single other college's. You'll have to visit to see what I mean. The weather is also perfect for someone who likes seasons, but prefers warmth. There seem to be more dinning halls and more smaller retail locations with more quality options here than any where else as well. I never got sick of the food. The housing too is amazing. Danieley and Colonades are unbelievably nice housing for freshmen, and it only gets better as you start to move into places like the Oaks and Mill Point Station. |
The academics I experienced were awesome too. There was lots of hands on work and interesting discussions. My professors were all accessible and willing to go the extra mile for their students. I did even go out for tea with one professor, and was invited with my class to another's house for a movie and homemade baklava! The biggest class I had was intro to psych with probably 35 students. My smallest classes was a philosophy elective with about 10 students. In particular I CANNOT recommend the HUMAN SERVICE STUDIES department enough. The faculty is absolutely amazing, and the program is very unique and immersive. If you are interested in helping people as a future career I highly recommend you look into it. Also if you are interested in helping people, I highly recommend looking into PERICLEAN SCHOLARS. My advisor and those who I worked with in the career center were also always very very nice and high invested in my success. Some of my classes were easier than I would have liked, but I feel as though I gained something from every class.
The study abroad is great between all the options to go abroad for a semester or for winter terms or both! They are very flexible and you can pretty much study abroad as much as you want. If you take enough hours of conversational spanish classes they buy you a plane ticket to spain too!
The opportunities at Elon are completely amazing, as are the facilities in every regard. You should also check out the Center for Leadership programs.
HOWEVER, ALL OF THAT BEING SAID, I am transferring next year. This is why:
Student body: While the student body is generally friendly, they for the most part were also very normal and "cookie cutter." It was not appreciated if you are the quirky, creative type. I found this very boring and stifling because my favorite people are those who are a little off-beat and different. Pretty much everyone dresses really well everyday (typically very preppy) which is annoying when you just want to go to class in sweatpants and a tee shirt. Most people are pretty apathetic about world-issues, and many are shallow and self-absorbed. I did feel challenged or inspired by most of my peers, which I think is a very important part of college. Wealth is definitely extremely prevalent.
There are some very awesome people at Elon as well, but they are definitely the minority and do not have the dominating presence on campus. You can be happy at Elon if you are part that minority, but usually those people at one point or another at least consider transferring.
Greek life: even though less than half of the school is greek, it is a VERY strong force on campus. It is very high school especially between sororities the way there is a clear hierarchy. People definitely view you differently based on the letters sewn on your shirts and bags. Greek life is pretty much social life. The university does it's best to provide things to do but those who are in Greek life definitely have a lot more to do than people who are not. Because Elon is a really small town Frat parties are pretty much the only thing anyone ever does on the weekends. They are kind of fun?but also kind of not. If you love pretty gross dance parties and slightly douchey people then you might enjoy them. For me though, they got VERY old.
North Carolina: I am from New Hampshire. I did not think North Carolina would be that different, especially being in a school that is made up of a lot of northerners. However, it definitely did have a different vibe, the people had a different air, and there were definitely more republicans than I was used to. I have talked with many other people who went far away from home for college only to realize that they love where they are from and transfer back closer to home. I also did not think that not being able to come home other than for winter break and summer would be a problem, but it is certainly something that was more stressful and depressing than I ever thought. I suggest that you really consider these things when looking at schools, and realize that a school in your hometown region may make the most sense for you.
|Apr 29 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| Elon University is trying to grow to quickly. The administration is a mess, and teachers are all over the place. I had one teacher cancel three weeks of class. The greek life on campus is incredibly overpowering but the tour guides and faculty are told to lie to incoming freshmen, saying that its not that big. This school is one big lie, and as soon as you start to look into it it's image crumbles. If you don't want to go greek then don't even bother applying here. There is nothing else to do. |
|Apr 07 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |