Elon held an information session for Boston area students yesterday. Here's my take:
I was astonished at the attendance. There were over 200 people there, which probably translates to at least 80 interested students.
The VP of admissions introduced herself to students standing in line and asked which HS each attends. Students were asked to put on name tags.
The first speaker (Elon '05, native of Massachusetts) asked for a show of hands for how many had visited the Elon campus and how many knew people currently attending the school. Several dozen hands up for each; good sign that those who had visited and those knowing students had good enough impressions to follow up with this session.
Several recent grads were asked to come to the front, they were introduced and we were told their majors (but not what they were doing currently). Two families with current Elon students were also introduced, all were welcome to ask these folks questions.
A Elon overview DVD was shown, then the VP of Admissions (Susan ...?) gave a Powerpoint presentation.The Overview DVD
Softer sell - quote from Mark Twain, many students wearing Elon t-shirts and sweatshirts in the pics
Talking heads for the most part did not indicate who these people were or where they were from
Required shot of football players running onto the field and cheering cheerleaders
Showed library with dozens of computers
Liked the snapshots of students doing internships, was impressed with their jobs
Heavy emphasis on study abroad, later referred to by VP as "flagship" program, best in the nationThe VP Speaks
Mentioned Elon lost to Appalachia yesterday and stadium seats 12,000
Discussed "engaged learning," a hands on learning approach which is one of the things that attracted this mother to Elon. Courses are 4 hours instead of three, enabling activities other than coursework. Example: freshman course on literacy includes working with local community to foster same.
More mention of study abroad, including the 4-1-4 calendar with a January term for study abroad and internships
Described oncampus improvements, including new academic buildings, new dining (allued to "white table cloth" dining option) and housing. Singles will soon be available to freshmen.
Despite our appreciation for the engaged learning approach, my daughter and I did not like the vibe (bit too touchy-feely for us, and the graduates cheeing on the DVD - "Long Live Elon!" - left us scratching our heads).