My son is a sophomore at Elon and I agree with @onemoremom12 's assessment. There is a large number of students from the NE area that seem to fit the preppy/wealthy stereotype, if that is what he means by country club. But I don’t think this makes the overall vibe or culture of the school that way, and my son easily found friends both within and without of that ‘type’ that he is very happy with (he’s a midwestern, not-country-club kind of guy).
If you can get more out of your son about what that means, let us know. Greek life is active but non residential…there are just small houses on campus for sophomores only. After that they tend to live together in apartments. My son is not interested in Greek life and in our research and his experience, it’s there and great for those who want it, but plenty of social life and experiences for those who don’t.
I don’t know what schools your son has looked at virtually, but University of Richmond and Wake Forest also had a bit more of a ‘country club’ vibe than Elon to us, if that helps. (not that it’s bad and these are two great schools).
Elon’s School of Communications is their real gem, it stands out as one of the top majors in terms of popularity and visibility and achievement. My son is not a Comm major but if he was, that would put Elon at the top of almost all of the schools I visited with both of my college kids. It’s very impressive. If he hasn’t already, your son should definitely check out Elon News Network, both for ideas for the Comm school and also would be a good look at campus since he can’t get there. Also, last I heard WAY back in late spring they were allowing private tours, so while I know travel is a huge concern, I do think the option is there if you can get there. Of course, there won’t be students back until February at this point (Elon has a J term but if your point in visiting is to see the students, wait until they are all back after J Term).