What Does It Mean To Be ACCEPTED? (Part I of III)

(Please note:  This is part I in a series of  3 posts that help to explain the Early Action Decisions.  Decisions will be available Monday, December 20 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.  Today’s post focuses on receiving an Early Action acceptance.)

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.  You’re on your own.  And you know what you know.  You are the guy who will decide where to go.  – (Dr. Seuss)

If you have been accepted to Elon, congratulations!  As Dr. Seuss so eloquently put it – you now can decide to enroll at Elon and be a part of the class of 2015 (which I hope you will!)  However, once the initial excitement about your acceptance calms down a bit, it is important to keep in mind these helpful hints about how to learn more about Elon in the future:

  • Don’t Wait – Start Thinking about Scholarships! It’s never too early to research and consider different scholarship programs.  As a student who has already been accepted, I would HIGHLY encourage you to take a second to look at Elon University’s Fellows Program.  This is the largest merit scholarship opportunity that we offer to prospective freshman students.  There are 7 different Fellows Programs that offer scholarships from $2500 – $10000 per year (Please note that scholarships vary depending on the program.)  It does require a separate application that is due January 10 (except for International Fellows which is due on March 1) and a student can apply for multiple programs.  Definitely worthwhile to look into – as I tell all prospective students, it is the one thing I would have done differently about my time at Elon as a student.  (I never applied!)
  • Speaking of Money… it’s never too early to start thinking about the Financial Aid process either!  Elon’s Financial Aid office has a helpful step-by-step guide of how to go about applying for need-based assistance.  It is important to know deadlines for the CSS Profile and FAFSA forms (mid-February) as well as the Elon Financial Aid form (beginning of March).  It is also important to realize your other scholarship options – be sure to read through Elon’s Endowed Scholarship website and consider applying.  (Please note that only U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are eligible for need-based assistance).
  • You’ve Researched Elon – But There’s Still More! You probably know about our 4-1-4 academic calendar, our amazing study abroad program, and that we have close to 5,000 undergraduates.   You may even know what athletic conference Elon plays in (Southern Conference) as well as Elon’s most popular major (Business).  But do you know where to enjoy a “Killer Cookie” dessert on-campus?  What there is to do on campus on a Saturday night in February?  The quickest route from the driving range to Koury Business Center?  You can find out more by connecting with the Admissions Office with our various upcoming events:  January Hospitalities, Spring Orientations, or Phoenix Fridays.  Or come back and visit us for campus tour, but this time, have lunch with a current student or attend a class.
  • Already Using Social Networking & Media? Find us there.  Be a part of the Class of 2015 group and/or like the Admissions & International Admissions Fan Page on Facebook.  Follow us on Twitter (ElonUAdmissions and CherylAtElonU).  Follow Anthony on Twitter (ElonInterAdm) or communicate with him via email (eloninteradm@elon.edu).  Get an insider’s knowledge of what is going on at Elon’s campus.

Thus there are lots of things to consider once you have that acceptance letter in your hand!  But for now, it’s okay to take a break and enjoy the holidays 🙂

Today Is/Was The Big Day…

Well, there is no doubt about it – today was a pretty big day for many ETA readers! If you applied Early Action to Elon University, you were able to check your admissions status online using our Elon OnTrack system. We sent decision letters via post today as well so all of you will also receive more information in the mail within the next week or so! For those of you who did apply for Early Action -please know that you were in some OUTSTANDING company! For just the applicant pool alone, the average (weighted) GPA was a 3.9 and the average SAT score was a 1850!

Here is a quick run-down of the different decision outcomes and some helpful advice for each group.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN….

ADMITTED TO ELON UNIVERSITY: First and foremost, congratulations! I am excited for you and all of the amazing opportunities that Elon could offer you. I know many (if not all of you) will have a number of places to chose from for your future – I can only hope that Elon is a top choice! Let me know if I can answer any questions for you about this wonderful university and know that a good deal of information will be forthcoming to you.

DEFERRED FOR FIRST SEMESTER GRADES/ SAT SCORES: This decision can often be confusing. Often times students ask if we were missing information when we evaluated their application or are confused because they had their first quarter/term grades sent to us already. When we list first semester grades, we are looking for your grades that arrive at the conclusion of your semester exams (which for many students occur in the month of January). The first semester grades are essentially the mid-year grades or the grades at the end of the 2nd term. We may also have requested SAT scores from you if you listed on your application that you had or were taking an SAT in the future.
Essentially, being deferred means that within the context of the Early Action applicant pool (both in volume and in academic strength), we were unable to offer you a spot in our freshman class. However, it also means that we would like to consider your application again in the context of our Final Deadline pool. With the addition of your senior grades, you are not only keeping your application file active, but you are also showing interest in being reconsidered. For those of you who truly have Elon high on your list, I would also encourage to you keep in contact with me as well! Please feel free to send me emails (cborden2@elon.edu) to keep me posted on what is going on outside of the classroom for you (Did you land an internship for the spring? Did you receive any athletic accolades following your fall sports season? Do you have big plans for any service projects in the spring?) Again, our Final Deadline pool will be competitive, but the more information you share with me, the more information that I will be able to provide the admissions committee.

DECLINED ADMISSION TO ELON: I know this decision is incredibly disappointing, especially if Elon was one of your top choices for college. Know that in the Admissions Office, it is truly not easy for us to decline students and often we have to make tough decisions. If you were declined, please know that we value your interest in Elon University and if you are still interested in attending Elon at some point, your next option is to consider the Transfer option. This would entail attending a college or university (either a 2- or 4- year institution), and then transferring in after one year. Again, this is a slightly different admissions process and I would encourage you to contact me for more details.

Again, over 5,000+ of you found out a decision for Elon today…I know that some are elated and some are disappointed. But most importantly, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

Best wishes to you all!

Update on Admissions Open House 2, Football, and More!

Happy Monday ETA readers!

Wow – lots going on right now for Elon University! For students, the end of the semester is near and thus the academic “crunch” is on. Tests are being taken, projects are being completed, and presentations are being practiced as the fall semester rounds its final corner. The U.S. Thankgiving holiday is this Thursday (thus Elon is closed on Thursday and Friday) and fall semester classes end on December 9th. For the Admissions Office, we are finalizing admissions decisions for our Early Decision deadline in preparation for our decision release date on December 1st. Our Early Action deadline releases decisions later on in December – mix in an Open House on campus last Saturday and it is an incredibly busy month!

Open House on Saturday was a great event with a strong turnout – despite colder than normal temperatures in North Carolina. I have included photos from the weekend in a slideshow at the top of my blog.

Also, for a football update for all of you Phoenix fans out there….on Saturday, Elon traveled upto Liberty University and was defeated 26-3 thus minimizing Elon University’s chances of playing post-season football. As a result, Elon was not selected for a spot in the FCS playoffs, although we did remain in the top 20 in the FCS Coaches Poll. So the Phoenix will hang up their cleats for awhile, but they definitely had a great run this year!

And of course, if it is busy at Elon University, my guess is that it is busy for many students these days. So good luck to all of you out there with school and college applications – I know it can be tough this time of year with so many things going on!

From My Inbox: A Soggy Friday Edition

Welcome to another edition of From My Inbox….
 

Yes, believe it or not, but it does rain at Elon University (as you can guess by the title of this post!) I am asked about the weather in North Carolina quite frequently when traveling and I will say that while Elon does experience all types of weather, blue skies & sunshine often prevail!

Here are this week’s questions:
Q. “How is the Fellows [Program] curriculum different from the regular academic curriculum?”
A. This question is referring to Elon University’s Fellows Program which I like to describe as an enhanced academic experience that has opportunities for study abroad grants as well as scholarship money. Essentially, students selected to participate in one of our 6 Fellows Programs (Honors, Leadership, Elon College, Business, Communications, and Teaching) have specialized learning opportunities that others in their academic field may not have. For example, if a student is a Business Fellow, they will take a class each semester as a cohort that is taught just for Business Fellows. Business Fellows also will study abroad together in their 1st Winter Term, travel to New York City during their senior year to visit the New York Stock Exchange, and have the opportunity to either invest part of Elon’s endowment in the stock market or do consulting work with local businesses during their senior year. These are opportunities that normal business students do not have! Students who are Leadership Fellows participate in a 4-phase Leadership Program that focuses on a different theme every year which include Emerging Leaders, Collaboration, Change, and Common Good. Leadership Fellows also have opportunities for travel, earn a minor in Leadership Studies, and have an opportunity to meet & talk with the Isabella Cannon Distinguished Visiting Professor Leadership. Past professors include David Gergen, Christine Todd Whitman, and Ben Bradlee. And these are only the opportunities available in two of our programs….I would encourage you to look into each program to find out more about each of them! Just click on the words “Elon University Fellows Program” to get started….

Q. “My OnTrack information says that Elon is missing my high school transcript – does that mean that I am not eligible for Early Action anymore?”
A. First and foremost, the most important thing to do is to get us the missing information as soon as possible! If your application was submitted on time, we will work with you if you are missing pieces of your application (up to a specific date). We know that for many of you, your college counseling/guidance offices were SWAMPED with transcript requests, recommendations, etc. Thus we allow for flexibility on receiving this information – although that does not mean that you should not arrange to send those materials to us as soon as possible. Please know that there is a cut-off date of when we NO LONGER will accept missing information to complete an application. At that point, if we are still missing a piece of your application, your application will be moved to our Final Application deadline pool. But for now, don’t panic! If you work on getting that missing information to us as soon as possible, we will work on keeping your application in Early Action.

Q. “I applied to Elon during Early Decision/ Early Action. Is there anything else that I can do at this point?”
A. At this point, the Admissions staff is busy reading files, reading files, and reading more files! We are excited to be getting to know each of you a little bit more in this process. At this point, the best thing that you can do is continue to update us (specifically me if you are an international student or go to school in Massachusetts or Rhode Island) with any achievements since you submitted your application. For example, how did your 1st quarter wrap up? How did your soccer team do in the state tournament? What new projects are you involved? This can simply be done via email! You can also start looking into scholarships programs such as our Fellows Programs. However, regardless of where Elon University falls on your list, I would also HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to start researching financial aid (if you are eligible to apply) and/or scholarship opportunities. There is a wealth of information on those subjects and I would encourage you to visit http://www.elon.edu/e-web/admissions/FinancialAid/tips.xhtml. Many students wait until Spring to start researching what scholarship opportunities are available to them, but I would encourage you to start now.

That is all from my inbox for now…back to getting to know more of you/reading your application files!

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

From my Inbox: Election Day Edition

Good evening ETA readers!

As mentioned above, today is ELECTION DAY in the United States so unfortunately at this point (6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4th), I cannot answer who will be the next President! However, I CAN answer questions about Elon University and the admissions process…here are some of this week’s questions:

Q. “I applied Early Decision/ Early Action/ Final Deadline to Elon University. Will I hear sooner than the deadline about my admissions decision?”

A. No – unfortunately not. Since moving to deadline admissions several years ago, we have not released decisions on a “rolling” basis – everyone who applied during a specific deadline will receive their admissions decisions on the same day. Here are the release dates for our 3 different deadlines:

Early Decision (application due on Nov 1st) – Notification date: Dec 1st

Early Action (application due on Nov 10th) – Notification date: Dec 19th

Final Deadline (application due on Jan 10th) – Notification date: March 13th

You can also view these deadlines at http://www.elon.edu/e-web/admissions/deadlines.xhtml.

Q. “Do Elon admissions counselors look up students on Facebook to find out more about them?”
A. No, we do not although I only speak for Elon University and not other institutions. To be honest with you, every college is different. Some colleges even have a policy against/for Facebooking prospective students. However, I can tell you from Elon’s point of view, we do not do this and do not “check” on students on Facebook. To be quite honest with you, we receive so many applications that we do not have time to check Facebook!

Q. “I am completing an online application and have run into problems with the extracurricular activities section – I have run out of room to list my awards/accomplishments/leadership roles/etc. What do you recommend that I do?”

A. First and foremost, congrats on having so many achievements – that is great! What I recommend is two different options – either works for us. Your options include:

  • Typing that information in the “Personal Statement” section that is towards the end of the application. We will see this section on the application and are used to having students put their extracurricular activity information here. OR YOU COULD
  • Consider creating a resume to submit with your application. Some students choose this option for providing us details about what they participate in outside the classroom.

Either option works for us!

That is all from my inbox for this week- please continue to contact me with any questions that you may have and I will do my best to respond!

Also, look for another post early next week as this weekend at Elon will be a busy one! Not only is it Homecoming Weekend, but I will also be at the Elon football game against Western Carolina, the men’s soccer game against Wofford (the 1st Round of the Southern Conference tournament), and the last performance of Sweeney Todd.

Important Dates to Keep in Mind!

Well hello from the state of Massachusetts!

With my first week done of domestic travel in the state of Massachusetts and already immersed in my second week of travel, I am constantly reminded of how quickly the fall tends to go by! That being said, I thought now would be a great time to remind prospective students about some important upcoming dates….so grab a pen and a piece of paper and be sure to jot this information down!

  • October 25th: Admissions Open House day at Elon University – Click here to register and see a agenda for the day!
  • November 1st: Deadline for Early Decision applications. Interested in applying ED? Stop by our “Apply Now” page to apply online or print out an application.
  • November 10th: Deadline for Early Action applications. Interested in applying EA? Stop by our “Apply Now” page to apply online or print out an application.

Thus there are many important dates to keep in mind with two out of our three deadlines approaching within a month or so. If anyone has any questions about our upcoming Admissions events or deadlines, you know where to find me – cborden2@elon.edu

I hope everyone had a great Monday – and I hope everyone is cheering on my Red Sox in Game 4 of the American League Divisional Series (ALDS)!