“Elon is a very particular type of cultureMar 06 2014Language - French/Spanish/etc.
“You can tell what Elon is going toJan 21 2014Biology
“Elon is an incredible institution if you areOct 23 2013Biology
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.