Elon University is a private liberal arts university in Elon, North Carolina, United States. Formerly known as Elon College when founded in 1889, it became Elon University on June 1, 2001. The 600-acre (242.8 ha) campus is a certified botanical garden and features oak trees, brick sidewalks, fountains, and lakes. Elon College was founded by the Christian Church, which later became a part of the United Church of Christ. The charter for Elon College was issued by the North Carolina legislature in 1889. William S. Long was the first president, and the original student body consisted of 76 students. In 1923, a fire destroyed most of the campus, including school records, classrooms, the library, and the chapel. The Board of Trustees voted to rebuild immediately. Many of the buildings that were erected in the years following the fire still stand and make up the bedrock of Elon's campus.
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