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The best thing about Elon is its gorgeous campus. I also love the small class size. I never feel like just a number here. I can't imagine going to a big school with hundreds of students in my classes. At Elon, my biggest class was 60 people, and that is rare! When I tell people I go to Elon, most people used to respond "Where?" and I'd have to explain that it's a small, private school near Greensboro, NC. However, more and more people are hearing about Elon. It's reputation as a great school is growing and now it seems like everyone I talk to know someone who went to Elon or has heard something about it recently. Elon has a huge study abroad program and the campus is very active in service learning. The Business, Communications, and Education schools are growing and offer some of the best programs in the country where students get a lot of experience from the start.
Elon is a fairly large campus...what you walk through campus (which takes about 10 minutes) you will see faces that you know but many that you don't. In the beginning of the experience you will meet tons of people, but as you go through the classes you will end of taking classes with a group of about 10 friends. Its really nice to have people you know and like around you all the time. The town of Elon is really small and it is sometimes a little difficult to find things to do. But in the last 2 years there has been a huge mall constructed just down the road so it is much better now. Its nice because the grocery store, shopping, movies are really close to the campus which helps out when gas is 3.55 a gallon. Administration is absolutely wonderful (note I do not work for the school). We have this thing called college coffee where the whole admin comes out to talk to the students. If there is something that could be better or theres a problem they will take care of it. They also have no compunction about throwing money into student events. Dr. Lambert (President) is also one of the nicest people in the world. He really keeps the place running (0 tollerance policy for broken stuff). School pride (and sports in general) are still weak. We are in SOCON division 1...I think. Its not like there is no spirit, but there's not nearly as much as you might find at UNC or Maryland. They school colors to sports game...we wear polo shirts and sundresses. But there is actually a new pep group on campus so I think that is starting to change. The football team is also getting alot better. My freshman year was a shambles.
Elon prides itself on its academics, its staff, and its size. Elon is not too big, but not too small. The average class size at Elon is less than it was at my high school - all of my professors know me by name and make a huge effort to get to know me personally. Elon stresses engaged learning, which means that the students actively participate in their learning. Class time is used more efficiently because it isn't just all of us sitting in front of a professor lecturing. I am yet to have a professor who does not go out of his/her way to help me to succeed. Elon has resources on campus for whatever you may need help with - just within my first year I have gotten to know the people at the Career Center, the Service Learning center, and the Study Abroad center, all of whom have been very helpful. There is definitely school pride at Elon, although you don't come to Elon for the sports. You come to Elon for the atmosphere of students who truly want to learn, be involved in the communities, participate in undergraduate research, internships, service learning, and study abroad.
The big picture? Elon is an amazing place to spend your college years. Its an amazing place to learn, with great professors who are willing to go out of their way to help you-- inside and outside of the classroom. It is full of great people, and I've made some of the best friends of my life here. I like the small/medium school feeling because the amount of people in my classes doesn't overwhelm me, but I don't feel like I'm in too small of a bubble. Sure, the Elon bubble exists, but you are going to get that at most schools this size that aren't near/in a big city. Burlington is an okay city to have close to campus-- you can get everything you need, as a college student, there because they have a big grocery store, Target, Walmart, and plenty of fast food places (I recommend Cookout for the best milkshakes ever!). I guess some people complain about the lack of diversity here, but all I can say is that they are working on it. I really don't notice the lack of diversity, so it doesn't really bother me, but that's because I came from a high school that was the same way. One complaint I have is that the freshman require health and wellness class is basically a repeat of everything you learned in high school health. Other than that, students have a big voice here in the overall operation of the school. If something needs to be changed or improved you can bet that they will have a large say in if and how that happens. Overall, I'm proud to tell people that I go to Elon, even if they have never heard of it before. I got into schools that are more reputable than Elon, but I picked to come here because of ALL the great things it could offer me, moreso than just a school with a recognizable name: atmosphere, fun, experience, engaged learning, small classes, great spirit, lots of networking connections, and more.
Overall as a school I love Elon. The students there are incredibly friendly and the campus is outrageously beautiful. It is a great size so you will most likely see someone you know on the way to class, but can also meet new people all the time. The one thing I would change is the heavy security. Elon is trying to change its appeal as a party school by increasing the number of security, and as a result cited almost half of the incoming freshman clas. In my building every suite has been busted with the exeption of one.The town of Elon is very small if you are looking for a bustling urban setting this is not for you. The town is basically the college with a few resturaunts and bars, but personally I like it this way because there is not a lot of distractions and older people always around campus. The biggest contraversy on campus was the public masturbater, who last year almost every weekend got away after exposing himself to a girl. There is a lot of school pride and almost everyone I met loves the school, but there is not a lot of pride in the sports team and althought you can get into the games, most people dont.
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