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 🙂


Tips in the Admissions Process: FAQs

Happy Thursday ETA readers,

I thought I would take my nose out of reading one of several thousand applications from our Final Deadline pool to bring back a certain theme to my post.  When I first started writing this blog last year, I would often take questions that I received during the week and would feature them on a blog post in the hopes that it would help other perspective students in their quest for answers about Elon University.  I will try to do this more often – thus feel free to email me (cborden2@elon.edu) in the future with YOUR questions.  But for now, enjoy those of fellow perspective Elon students.

Q:  “I would like to apply for your Dance/Music Theater/Theater programs, but live outside the country.  Is it possible for me to submit a recorded-audition?”

A:  For students who live outside the country, there is an alternative to physically auditioning at Elon University (which is required for all other students).  I would encourage you to visit the Department of Performing Arts Audition Information website to read more about the process and contact the Auditions Coordinator at krippy@elon.edu

Q:  “I applied for Elon’s Fellows Program – when will hear back if I was selected to compete for the program?”

A:  While I’m not sure of the exact date, I do believe we typically let students know whether or not they were selected to compete for the program by the end of January/ beginning of February.  Thus it could be as early as next week!  The Fellows decision (like the Admissions decision) is available on Elon’s OnTrack system.

Q:  “As an admitted student, if I applied for Elon’s Fellows Program, does that mean that I am committed to attending Elon University in the fall?”

A:  Not at all (although we would love to have you as a student!).  The only way you are committed to Elon is if you pay the $500 enrollment deposit.

That’s all from my inbox for now – but I’m looking forward to reading more of your questions in the future!

Tips in the Admissions Process: Understanding Your Decision (Part I)

It’s almost time…

I know that many of you (5,617 of you to be exact!) are eagerly awaiting Friday’s Early Action release date.  And trust me when I say that so are we!  This has been one of the largest applicant pools that I have ever seen and it may even be the largest applicant pool we have ever had for Early Action.   Your decisions will be available on Elon’s OnTrack system beginning on December 18 and you will also receive an actual copy of your decision via post a few days after. 

That being said, I thought I might shed some more insight into each of the possible decisions.   I am going to break it up over the course of the next 3 days so check back tomorrow for another post on a possible decision!

Part I:  Accepted to Elon University

“Congratulations!”  – “Welcome to the class of 2014!”

Wahoo!  Those words just have such a nice ring to them, don’t they?  While these are not the exact words that a student would see if they were accepted, the point is definitely there.  A student finds out they have been accepted which is a wonderful feeling to have!  Once the initial joy/shock/excitement wears off and all family members have been told of this acceptance, a student may be wondering:  what next?  What does this mean?

Once a student has been accepted, there are several different things to consider and to think about.  Here are a few:

  • Merit Scholarships:  Elon’s merit scholarship competition is rapidly approaching!  The Elon Fellows Program is an enhanced academic experience that combines challenging courses, outside-the -classroom experiences, and scholarship opportunities.  There is an application to be considered for the competition, and it is due on January 10.
  • Other Forms of Financial Aid:  While it is not quite time to submit official paperwork to apply for financial aid (for those who are U.S citizens or U.S. permanent residents), it does not hurt to understand the process and what is required.  Review the Steps in Applying for Financial Aid to be better prepared for this process.
  • Learn More About Elon:  Accepted students will have done their initial research on the university, but may have deeper questions to ask.  A good way to learn even more is to consider visiting campus (if that has not been done) or even attending a special event (such as Phoenix Friday).  Elon may be even coming to a city near you!  In the month of January, Elon University travels tovarious cities and hosts a series of Hospitality Nights.  These Hospitality Nights allow students to not only hear from Admissions staff members, but more importantly, students have the opportunity to speak with a professor, currently enrolled students, alumni, and many more!

These are just a few things an accepted student can and should think about after December 18.  There is also a wealth of resources available by visiting the Accepted Students webpage as well. 

Check my blog tomorrow for Part II of Understanding Your Decison…

Important Deadlines Not To Miss!

Happy Friday ETA readers!

I know it is almost the weekend here in Elon, North Carolina but I wanted to post a quick note about tomorrow’s deadlines! Tomorrow (Saturday, January 10th) is the LAST day to apply to Elon University for possible freshmen admission for the fall of 2009! Be sure to submit your application by 11:59 p.m. tomorrow evening!

Tomorrow is also the LAST day to apply for Elon University’s Fellows program. I know that I briefly mentioned it back in November (I mentioned the Fellows program in a post on November 14), but I would HIGHLY encourage all of you to take a look at this phenomenal academic program that Elon University offers! By visiting http://www.elon.edu/e-web/admissions/fellows/, you can learn about the different programs (Honors Fellows, Elon College Fellows, Business Fellows, Communications Fellows, Leadership Fellows, and Teaching Fellows) as well as apply online for this program. The Fellows Program is essentially an enhanced academic experience for students that also has a scholarship opportunities. Students (whether domestic or international) are eligible to compete for scholarships within each of these programs. There is also a 1,000 USD study abroad grant available to each Fellow in each program. While these are competitive programs to get into, it is worth it to check these programs out!

Most importantly, if you have any type of technology issues with these applications, do not hesitate to contact me! Just send me an email and I will try to help you through it when I have a chance to respond to your email.

Have a wonderful weekend and please take a moment to consider applying for the Fellows Program!

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!