Freshman Application Process

Image of AU StudentsAlfred University welcomes applications from talented, motivated students, from diverse backgrounds and nationalities, who will make a positive contribution to the campus learning community.

While individualized attention is given to every applicant, the following factors are considered most important:

  • Rigor of high school or preparatory curriculum
  • Grades
  • Extracurricular involvement
  • Standardized test results, including the ACT or the SAT I
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Essay

The following checklist of required documents is provided to assist you in completing your application to Alfred University. If you have questions along the way, do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions by phone (607.871.2115/800.541.9229) or email.

International students should follow the process outlined below but should also review special requirements for international students and our international admissions handbook.

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Application and fee

  • Complete an application form
  • Submit a $50 (US) non-refundable fee or a fee waiver certificate. A fee waiver may be obtained by visiting campus or, in case of financial hardship, by asking your schools counselor to submit a fee waiver request or you can submit a College Board fee waiver.

Official transcripts

  • Submit requests for all official high school transcripts through your high school counselor or college advisor.
  • A notarized copy of a GED is also accepted.
  • International students must submit original or certified copies of all secondary and post-secondary transcripts or records of grades to- date and showing proof of graduation. These must be prepared and authorized by the student's home institution and be accompanied by a certified English translation. Learn more about international student transcripts.
  • International student records must be evaluated by either the World Evaluation Services organization (WES) or Education Evaluators International (EEI).

Letter(s) of recommendation

  • At least one letter of recommendation from a school counselor, a teacher, a coach, etc. is required. Letters should be on official stationary or letterhead.
  • Additional recommendations from work supervisors, pastors, etc. can be very helpful.

Essay or personal statement

  • Submit an essay or personal statement. We are a member of the Common Application System. You may select any Common Application topic for your essay.

Test scores

  • First year students must take either the SAT or ACT. Learn more about these tests on the College Board or ACT web sites.
  • International students are required to submit official scores from the SAT, the ACT, TOEFL, or IELTS examinations. Read more about required scores

Art Portfolio

Applicants to the School of Art and Design are required to submit a portfolio. Learn more about the undergraduate art portfolio

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Office of Admissions
Alumni Hall
Alfred University
1 Saxon Drive
Alfred, NY 14802

Ph: 607.871.2115 / 800.541.9229