Note: this article should be considered a brochure for the university rather than an objective review of the topic, which would, at the very least, contain a more complete and detailed history of the school.
The beautiful 575 acre (2.3 km²) campus features ancient oak trees, well-kept lawns, brick sidewalks, a fountain, and two lakes. Visitors to Elon's campus often remark on the friendliness of the people and the strong sense of community. Elon is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. At the graduate level, it offers master's degrees in business administration and education, as well as a Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program. The Elon University School of Law opens fall 2006.
In addition to a challenging academic curriculum, Elon encourages students to participate in five programs known as the Elon Experiences: undergraduate research, study abroad, internships, service learning, and leadership. Elon sends more undergraduate students to study abroad than any other master's-level school in the nation. Seventy-five percent of Elon students complete internships, and 88 percent of recent graduates participated in service while at Elon. Students can record their participation on an Elon Experiences transcript, which is issued as a companion to the traditional academic transcript.
Elon's exceptional sports facilities include two gymnasiums, a baseball park, an on-campus football stadium and field house, six athletic fields, and an Athletic Center. The Athletic Center features the 2,400 seat Alumni Gym, an aerobic fitness center with a weight room, racquetball courts, an indoor pool, and a dance studio. The Jimmy Powell Tennis Center is a twelve-court state-of-the-art complex. A member of the Southern Conference, Elon competes in NCAA Division I (I-AA in football). Intercollegiate sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, and tennis for men, and basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor track, outdoor track, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball for women. Campus Recreation offers extensive intramural and club sports programs, such as cycling, lacrosse, flag football, swimming, rugby and many others.
The university has more than 150 campus organizations and programs, including ten national fraternities, eleven national sororities, the weekly student newspaper, the yearbook, an FM radio station, a student-run cable channel, a dance organization, the Black Cultural Society, the Student Union Board, Catholic Campus Ministry, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Elon Hillel, Model UN, Habitat for Humanity, and Elon Volunteers.
Through the Elon Career Center, students can enroll in 1-credit-hour courses such as Choosing a Major. The center also sponsors a Transition Tactics mentoring program, job fairs, and on-campus interviews with employers and helps students arrange internships and cooperative education experiences.
Elon's historic campus is located in the beautiful Piedmont region of North Carolina, adjacent to Burlington, a town of 50,000. Elon is just 20 minutes from Greensboro and within an hour's drive of major universities Wake Forest, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, and North Carolina State.
The campus was recently named one of the most beautiful in the nation by The Princeton Review. Beaches and mountains are only 2–3 hours away by car. Major bus, train, and airline transportation is nearby. Interstate 85/40 is within 2½ miles of the campus.