Understanding Fellows Invitations

Last evening I participated in a Case Studies program at a school here in NC.  I thoroughly enjoy these experiences and I’m fortunate enough to do several of these annually.   Whether they are in southern California, Exeter, NH or Winston-Salem, NC, the groups are wonderfully responsive and intrigued by the challenges we face in making admissions decisions.  It’s not an objective process.  I dare say no one wants it to be, either.  Instead, admissions committees are comprised of caring, invested individuals who struggle in making decisions that ultimately yield a community. 

As difficult as admissions decisions are, imagine the challenges associated with scholarship selection.  Take Elon’s six Fellows programs (and Engineering scholarship opportunities) for example.  This year, we received exactly 1400 applications.   This is an increase of 20% over last year!    You can imagine the strength of this applicant pool.  

The admissions office received 80% of these applications on or around the January 10 deadline.  Since that day just two weeks ago, each program committee consisting of multiple faculty members has identified the candidates they believe have the greatest potential for success in their respective programs.   On Wednesday morning, January 27, we will extend 716 invitations to Fellows & Scholarship Weekend, March 5 & 6.   In other words, 50% of the applicant pool will be invited to interview on campus.  

If you have been accepted to Elon in Early Decision or Early Action, applied for a Fellows program (or Engineering Scholarship) and have been selected for an interview, you will receive your invitation tomorrow. 

If you applied Early Decision or Early Action and were deferred – but you have also applied for a Fellows program (or Engineering Scholarship) and have been selected for an interview, you will receive a formal offer of admission at the time of your Fellows Weekend invitation (Wednesday, January 27). 

If you applied Final Deadline and also applied for a Fellows (or Engineering Scholarship) and have been selected for an interview, you will receive a formal offer of admission at the time of your Fellows Weekend invitation (Wednesday, January 27). 

The level of selectivity varies by program based on the number of applications and the students in each pool.  Students invited for Fellows Weekend have an average core, weighted GPA of 4.51 and an SAT of 2051 (ACT 31). 

Naturally, with such a strong applicant pool there are students with profiles above the averages who we were unable to invite.   

If you haven’t been invited, this is by no means a reflection of your ability to be successful at Elon.  Many students who are not invited to interview or who are not named Fellows are members of the freshman class each year.  And there may be opportunities for lateral entry once you are enrolled at Elon. 

The Fellows & Scholarship Weekend invitation includes a link to registration for March 5 & 6.  This particular weekend is worth your time, believe me!  Students and parents alike will experience the best of all academic opportunities at Elon.  Candidates must interview to be considered for one of the 169 Fellows program and scholarship awards.  Candidates will be named in early April. 

Now that I blog about it, it almost seems easier to explain the complexities of admissions over the often grueling nature of selecting candidates for scholarships.  Maybe that’s why we didn’t even approach that subject last night!

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