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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many students attend Alfred University?
A. Approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 300 graduate students.

Q. Who will be my classmates?
A. Because of our intimate community, you will share classes with an average of 16 -18 students. Many of the students at AU come from all parts of New York State, but 27% of our students come from 31 other states and more than 20 foreign countries.

Q. What is your academic calendar?
A. The University operates on two fifteen-week semesters and two six-week summer sessions are also offered. View the Academic Calendar.

Q. What are the professors like?
A. There are 145 full-time faculty members; 92% hold the doctorate or the highest degree in their field. AU professors are accomplished researchers, writers, performers, and scholars, but their number one priority is teaching and advising undergraduate students.

Q. What is the University’s graduate success rate?
A. In general, the University maintains about a 97% success rate, meaning graduates are working or attending graduate schools a year after graduation. Read about graduate success. Check out our Career Development Center.

Q. Do I have to live on campus? Is housing guaranteed?
A. There is a six-semester on-campus residency requirement. However, housing is guaranteed all four years. Alfred University offers students several distinct living styles and communities (First Year, comprised of only First Year students; Mixed class, comprised of all class years; and Upper class, comprised of Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors). All residence halls are co-ed, either by floor or by room/suite/apartment (same gender in room). Bathrooms are designated male or female. Approximately 70% of all University students reside on campus. Learn more about Residence Life at AU.

Q. How is my roommate chosen?
A. Incoming (freshman and transfer) students are required to fill out a Housing Questionnaire which helps us to make room assignments that are compatible with student preferences. This Questionnaire is available on-line along with the Housing/Dining Contract once a student has sent in their deposit holding their place in the class. Instructions on how to access this information is mailed to students after their deposit has been received by the Office of Admissions. Room assignments are made by computer, based on the compatibility of information on the Questionnaire. Priority is given based on the date of receipt of both the Questionnaire and the Housing/Dining Contract. We request that you complete these forms as soon as possible and we stress that you be honest on the Questionnaire.

Q. What extracurricular activities are available?
A. Almost everything!! Over 80 student clubs and organizations are as diverse as our academic offerings: comprehensive athletic programs - intercollegiate and intramural; musical and dramatic groups, in which students from all Colleges participate; and a wide range of social, academic and cultural activities. Students govern and organize the campus activities and changes occur each year based on student interest. The University also attracts many top speakers, theater productions and musical groups to campus. Many student life programs have won national recognition for their innovation and success.

Q. Can I play sports?
A. With 21 NCAA Division III sports and two IHSA sports, plus club teams and intramurals, there are plenty of opportunities to play your favorite sport. Athletic programs at AU are NCAA Division III, meaning we focus on the concept of the student-athlete. Learn more about Athletics at AU.

Q: Work-study is part of my financial aid package. Are jobs easy to find?
A. Yes. There is ample opportunity for campus employment with work study jobs.

Q. How large is the AU campus?
A. There are 58 buildings on our main 232-acre hillside campus. The campus is very easy to walk in approximately 15 minutes. In addition, we have another 400 acres, complete with a pond, atop a nearby hill.

Q. What are the computer facilities like?
A. The campus is fully wired with Network and Internet access in every residence hall room, classroom and office. The student-to-computer ratio is 6:1 with open computer labs across campus, residence hall computer rooms, and a laptop-lending program. Learn more about Information Technology at AU.

Q. Can freshmen have cars on campus?
A. Yes, provided they register with the Safety and Security Office.

Q: Do you have an Honors Program?
A. Yes, and anyone with an outstanding high school record and a broad range of interests may apply. In most years we have 50-65 applicants and, usually, about 75% are accepted. The middle 50% of Honors freshmen have combined SAT scores between 1270 and 1410. If your SAT's aren't in this range, however, don't be scared off. The single most important admission consideration is your high school transcript, but class rank and essay matter, too. Most students join because of the great seminars. Check out the Honors site for more info.

Q. Does the University have a study abroad program?
A. Yes, students can take advantage of a wide variety of offerings. Alfred University has exchange programs with England, Germany, and Japan for students in the Colleges of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Professional Studies as well as the Schools of Business and Engineering. The Study Abroad Office can also assist in finding other opportunities through affiliated and recommended study abroad programs. Students in the School of Art & Design can study at universities in England and Italy and students studying biomedical materials engineering science, ceramic engineering, glass science engineering, or materials science and engineering have studies in England, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, and New Zealand. Learn more about Engineering student experiences abroad.

Q. Is it looked upon unfavorably if I am undecided about my major? When must I declare my major?
A. At Alfred University we use the term "undeclared" instead of undecided. Our institution is in support of a well-rounded, liberal arts education and most majors require a significant amount of liberal arts courses, not related to just one area. Typically, it is not necessary for you to declare a major until the end of your sophomore year. Alfred University encourages students to explore many different courses and disciplines. "Undeclared" may be only the beginning to a student's self discovery and Alfred University offers a foundation for this common situation!