Multimedia Reporting by Erin Valentine
In a student-conducted poll today, 75 percent of undergraduate students believe that Elon University is the right size for an undergraduate student body.
“It’s big enough that we have opportunities to try new things,” said Elon freshman Lindsey Bauer. “And you get to know your teachers.
About 19 percent of the undergraduate students polled thought that Elon was too small and had room to grow.
“I personally like bigger schools. More interactions. More connections. More people. More opportunities,” said Elon sophomore Tristan Alexander.
About 77 percent of students polled thought that the perfect size for a private university devoted to engages learning like Elon would be between 5,000 and 7,000.
“I think 5,000 students is pretty good because you don’t feel overwhelmed by the student population, like you can get lost in a crowd,” said Elon junior Kelsey Liddle. “Like at Elon most people joke, ‘Oh I see this person all the time but I have no clue who they are.’ It’s kind of one of those ‘Only at Elon’ jokes that you can see someone everyday of the week and not know them, because our school is small. But I kind of like that.”
The Elon Commitment, the university’s strategic plan, calls for “slow growth” in Elon’s undergraduate number. Currently, Elon University has about 5,600 undergraduate students enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year.
“I think that too often you see people you don’t know but maybe have had four different classes with. So you kind of know them, but you don’t really know them, and that can be awkward,” said Elon senior Haley Goss.