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I keep reading about how wealthy the student body is. How would you describe the atomosphere?

citymama9citymama9 2502 replies142 threads Senior Member
edited March 2017 in Elon University
I know so many down-to-earth, super rich people so I know money doesn't equal materialistic and snobby. However, I also know that there are snooty wealthy people too. Is Elon a comfortable place for someone who is probably considered upper-middle class? I think I read that a large percentage of the students come from families who make over $600,000 a yr. Does that affect the environment?

ETA-my child has grown up in an area where the majority of the people she knows are very wealthy and it's never been an issue. I was just wondering if it matters more when you're in college
edited March 2017
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  • citymama9citymama9 2502 replies142 threads Senior Member
    I hate to bump, but bump...
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  • kempettekempette 28 replies1 threads Junior Member
    My daughter is a freshman at Elon. We are not wealthy and my daughter does fine there. She's fairly thrifty herself though, has a budget & really is careful with how she spends her money. She hasn't experienced pressure from her friends to go out when she can't afford it, which was a relief for both of us. A lot of my daughter's friends have jobs (both on-campus & off) & they are generally pretty aware of & sympathetic to the limitations of others.
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  • citymama9citymama9 2502 replies142 threads Senior Member
    @kempette Thank you! Anything else you can tell me about the students? Any impressions about the general vibe of the school? Again, thanks so much!
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  • EmbracethemessEmbracethemess 349 replies4 threads Member
    There are threads below which address your questions, the most recent ones being "Students at Elon" and "Have any questions - I'm an Elon mom", among others.
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  • jcmom716jcmom716 374 replies1 threads Member
    We toured there two years ago. I can't speak to the general population, but our tour guide was honest when we asked a question and said she had almost transferred. She was having a hard time dealing with what she called many "privileged" people that were not what she had expected. This is only one data point.
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  • kempettekempette 28 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @citymama9, there are indeed several threads that discuss this, but I'll give you my impression. The kids at Elon seem to be a very happy, very involved group of kids. As I said above, a lot of my daughter's friends have jobs on campus or off. Most of her friends are very involved in clubs, sororities, fraternities, major associations; several are RAs or work in Admissions. Many of her friends have multiple majors or minors- they seem to embrace a work hard/play hard mentality & for the most part seem to be a great group of kids (at least the ones I've met). Most importantly to me, they all seem to really look out for each other & take care of each other. There will always be cliques that are snobby, but for the most part my daughter has found it to be a very open & accepting campus.
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  • citymama9citymama9 2502 replies142 threads Senior Member
    @kempette that was very helpful. thank you!
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  • denimomdenimom 7 replies3 threads New Member
    My son is a rising sophomore at Elon. He loves it! He has a very diverse group of friends from all walks of life. Some are wealthy, some aren't. He also is close with a number of international students. There are lots of groups and places to fit in.
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