Hi! I may have written a post like this about a year ago! If you do a search, I do think you will find some threads about social scene at Elon.
So my son is a freshman, non substance user. Likes to hang out with small groups of friends. He is very happy at Elon; he found his small group quickly, and they do things such as hang out in each other’s rooms, sometimes do the Elon activities. He has a car and they have gone to the occasional concert in Raleigh or the NC state fair, but mostly its just on campus small hangouts, not parties. He is perfectly happy with his social situation.
There is partying there, and this was a concern for us too…that he wouldn’t find his people who WEREN’T into partying. But this wasn’t the case. When I was looking into it I felt comfortable that there were plenty of non partiers, and so far it has turned out that way for him. I asked him about it recently and he said sure, there are plenty of people who party, but no problem finding people who don’t. Another concern was the small town and therefore lack of a lot of “outing” options. But, so far this also hasn’t bothered him…since he just likes to hang out with small groups anyway (that may change in future years but so be it…he loves Elon and I think its strengths overcome this possible downside). With your D’s theater and dance interests, I would think that would open up many more on campus outing and activities and also a natural way to meet people that are more likely on her same social wavelength. Elon has a strong theater program so these kids should be easy to find!
I don’t know if there is a Theater LLC and if non theater majors can join it, but that could be a way to really match her up with those folks, who, IMO, tend to be less into partying and more into focusing on their program (Elon has a fabulous Theater program).