Elon University has several projects that demonstrate its interest in innovation. According to the college’s website, the Doherty Center for Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship focuses on experiential education. Elon also offers the Innovation Living-Learning Community for students interested in entrepreneurship. The works are the Innovation Quad, a new building complex that will serve as a hub for science, technology, and design programs.
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Elon University Former name was Elon College (1889–2001)
Motto Numen Lumen (Latin)
Motto in English
Intellectual and spiritual light
Established: 1889; 132 years ago
Overall National Universities rank: 88 (tie)
Total enrollment: 7,088
4-year graduation rate: 82%
Elon University is a private university in Elon, North Carolina, United States. Founded in 1889 as Elon College, Elon is organized into six schools, most of which offer bachelor’s degrees and several of which offer master’s degrees or professional doctorate degrees.
Located in North Carolina’s Piedmont region, Elon is situated on a 656-acre suburban campus between Greensboro and Raleigh’s cities. Fewer than twenty percent of Elon’s undergraduates are native to the state of North Carolina. Elon’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I athletics as a Colonial Athletic Association member.
Academics (Elon University)
The University includes Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the School of Law; and the School of Health Sciences. Master’s programs are offered in business administration, interactive media, education, physician assistant studies, and doctoral programs, including physical therapy and law. Elon operates on a 4-1-4 academic calendar, including a four-week term in January known as Winter Term.
In 2009, the Phi Beta Kappa Society voted to establish a chapter at Elon. Elon is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Elon University Rankings and reputation
U.S. News & World Report ranks Elon tied for 88th overall among national universities in 2021. The same edition ranked Elon 2nd out of 73 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching,” 10th “Most Innovative” out of 83, 110th for “Best Value,” and tied for 371st in “Top Performers on Social Mobility” among national universities. In 2020 Elon was the only University with top-10 rankings in all U.S. News‘s “Academic Programs to Look For” categories.
Elon University Facilities
Elon’s sports facilities include two gymnasiums, Schar Center, Walter C. Latham Baseball Park, Rhodes Stadium, Hunt Softball Park, Alumni Field House, Koury Field House, six club athletic fields, Worsley Golf Center, and Koury Center, which features the 2,400 seat Alumni Gym, an aerobic fitness center, a weight room, racquetball courts, an indoor pool, and a dance studio. The Jimmy Powell Tennis Center, a twelve-court complex, won an “Outstanding Facility Award” from the United States Tennis Association.
The 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) facility at the north end of Rhodes Stadium in the North Athletics Complex is the new headquarters for Phoenix athletics. Construction was completed on the 5,100-seat Schar Center in 2018. The Schar Center is the home to Elon’s basketball and volleyball programs and a venue for other major Elon events, such as convocation.
Elon University Campus
Elon University campus
Elon’s historic campus is located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, adjacent to Burlington, a city of 50,000. Elon is 20 minutes from Greensboro and within a one-hour drive of many other universities – Duke, NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro, North Carolina A&T State University, Guilford College, and Wake Forest.
Elon’s 656-acre (265.5 ha) campus is divided into seven major neighborhoods: Historic Campus, Central Campus, Global Neighborhood, The Oaks, The Station at Mill Point, Danieley Center, East Neighborhood, The Colonnades, and South Campus. There are 46 residence buildings on campus and 20 major academic buildings. Elon also has numerous lakes and fountains throughout its campus. The Elon College Historic District and Johnston Hall are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Spike Lee used Elon as one of the university locations for the movie He Got Game. The Alamance Building, Fonville Fountain, and the Moseley Center’s outside patio set the movie’s “Tech University.”
Elon University Campus life
The University has more than 250 campus organizations and programs, including 13 national fraternities and 14 national sororities.
Elon University Student Media
The Pendulum, Elon’s undergraduate weekly newspaper, is published every Wednesday. WSOE, the University’s student-run non-commercial campus radio station, has been airing since 1977. ESTV (Elon Student Television) is the Student television station featuring numerous student-created and -run programs.
In 2016, with their faculty advisers’ advice, the two largest student media organizations on campus, Elon Local News (ELN) and The Pendulum newspaper, merged to form the new Elon News Network (ENN). ENN now operates out of the newly constructed newsroom in the McEwen Building of the School of Communications.
Following a 2016 expansion of facilities, The School of Communications consists of Iris Holt McEwen Hall, the Snow Family Grand Atrium, Turner Theatre, Dwight C. Schar Hall, Steers Pavilion, and Long Hall, which houses the M.A. in Interactive Media graduate program and the sport management major.
Elon University Extra-curricular organizations
Numerous student government, special interest, and service organizations are represented on campus, including Elon Volunteers, Habitat for Humanity, Model U.N., Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Phi Omega, the Inter-Residence Council, the Elon University Student Government Association, and the Student Union Board. Cultural groups on campus include the Asian-Pacific Islander Student Association, Black Student Union, the Caribbean Student Association, Hillel, Intercultural Club, and Spectrum (Gay-Straight Alliance).
Elon is home to the Carolinas Marching Band (FOTC) Fire, which delivers pre-game, halftime, and occasionally post-game performances at home football games. The band also includes color guard (flag spinning) and dance auxiliary squads.
Elon University Religious Life.
Religious groups on campus include Catholic Campus Ministry, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Inter-varsity Christian Fellowship, the Iron Tree Blooming Meditation Society, the Muslim Student Association, Baptist Student Union, and Campus Outreach.
The Jewish population at Elon has grown especially rapidly in recent years, with twelve percent of recent classes self-identifying as Jewish.
Elon was profiled in Reform Judaism magazine in 2011 as a school that has “gone the extra mile” to make itself more attractive to Jewish students, and since 2013, it has been listed as one of the “top schools Jews choose.” The Muslim student population is small but has increased dramatically in recent years, and a Muslim Student Association was formed at Elon in 2011. The Hindu population has also increased in size, Hindu festivals have become an important part of the university calendar, and Hindu students report feeling accepted at Elon.
Elon has worked closely with the Interfaith Youth Core in developing religious diversity and inter religious dialogue. The Truitt Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, located within the Nu-men Lumen Pavilion of the Academic Village, serves a wide variety of purposes and religious traditions.