Elon University

Elon University is a small selective, private liberal arts institution in Elon, North Carolina. 600 acres of manicured gardens, brick sidewalks, and mature oak trees helps put the campus among the most beautiful in the country. Popular for their business, communications, and their new law school, Elon rose from being a relatively unnoticed regional college to earning a very prestigious reputation in academics and collegiate atmosphere, and thus becoming a popular choice among in-state and out-of-state candidates.

Established in 1889 and with a little over 5000 students, Elon has been recognized as the second best Regional University in the South and the #1 School to Watch in the Country by US News & Report.

Elon is also known for its highly ranked study abroad program, with 71% of undergraduates going international at least once during their studies, and forward thinking initiatives, with an emphasis on environmentalism and sustainability.

Alma Mater

Sons of Elon, daughters too,
Bring their praise and homage true.
In thy keeping there will be
Words and deeds to honor thee.
Hearken to the song they’re singing,
And the loyalty they’re bringing.
Alma Mater, they will cherish thee;
Alma Mater, they will cherish thee.
Proud, the oak trees on thy hill
Offer shade and shadow still
Green the fields around thee lie;
Blue the Carolina sky.
Stately rise thy halls of learning,
Toward their portals we are turning.
Alma Mater, we will cherish thee;
Alma Mater, we will cherish thee.

Elon, ever lead us on
To a bright and happy dawn;
Teach us still to love and pray,
Guide us to a nobler day.
Joyous music lies before us,
Memories to swell the chorus.
Alma Mater, we will cherish thee;
Alma Mater, we will cherish thee.

I have a few friends who attended Elon and was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time on their picturesque campus.

From my biased and limited viewpoint, it is a spectacular school and easily the best in the Southeast if you are looking for an elite but homely college. Elon is situated in a small town a stone’s throw away from farm fields and industrial railroad tracks, and visiting the charming school grounds the first time is much like stumbling upon a secret flowery clearing in the middle of the forest. This prized oasis attracts many students from the north or west, and noticeably from a middle to upper class background, earning Elon the nickname “Country Club of the South”. The Greek Scene is huge and you’ll see beautiful faces in preppy rainbow clothing any given day of the week. Dressing up to class is a common occurrence and rarely questioned.

To be honest, the atmosphere is almost intimidating if you’re not used to such wealth and splendor, but the student body seemed to be made up of cool, intelligent, and well rounded types, despite the “party hard” and snobbish claims.The school is a model of excellence. It has only become relative in the national spotlight in the past 20 years or so, officially transitioning from a college to a university in 2001. They’re constantly improving the gardens and grounds, and just about everywhere I looked were either active or future plans to add Federal architecture styled dormitory and academic facilities.

White columns, Charleston shutters, and red brick dominates the landscape.As you may have guessed, I’m kind of jealous of my friends who attended Elon, most of whom just recently graduated. Elon sadly doesn’t offer my choice of study, but my friends enjoyed their time there and a part of me wished I matriculated with them.