About AU
Fast Facts


King Alfred statueFounded: 1836, one of the first coeducational institutions in the U.S.

Type of institution: Private, non-sectarian, with state-sponsored programs in engineering and art and design.

Location: Alfred, New York, a village in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains about an hour west of Corning, an hour and a half south of Rochester and two hours from Buffalo.

Students: About 1,800 undergraduates and nearly 200 graduate students from 31 states and 20 countries attend full-time on the Alfred campus. We have approximately 110 additional part-time graduate students on the AU campus, and 190 part-time graduate students enrolled in our downstate program. First Year Class Profile

Campus: 232 acre campus with more than 50 academic and residential buildings. Residential, student-centered, vibrant living/learning community. Plus another 400 acres of nearby recreational land.

Admissions: Admission is selective. In general, admitted undergraduate students have an A, B+ or B high school average and the middle 50% have SAT scores between 1080 and 1280. Admitted graduate students should have a 3.0 GPA or better. How do I apply?

Financial Aid: More than 98% of the entering first year class receives some type of financial assistance: university, federal, state and private. Learn more about financial aid.

Graduates: Surveys of AU graduates consistently reveal that one year after graduation our students have at 98% career outcomes rate. Read about the success of our graduates.


Programs: More than 40 undergraduate majors/programs. We also offer internships, research and study abroad opportunities in the following schools and colleges:

Class size: Average class size is 18 students. Student/Faculty ratio is 12:1.

Faculty: 92% of the faculty have doctorates or terminal degrees in their discipline. Teaching is a faculty priority. Read faculty profiles.

Academic Calendar: Two semesters, an Allen Term (Winter Term) and two summer term sessions.

Libraries: Two libraries with extensive electronic resources supporting undergraduate and graduate programs.

Research: Undergraduate research is the hallmark of an Alfred University degree. AU's research programs and "Centers for Excellence" complement academic programs. Learn more about student research opportunities.

Technology: 100% network-wired, with wireless zones in selected locations. The ratio of students to computers in labs, clusters and classrooms is 6:1. There is a laptop lending program and a fully-staffed Information Technology Services HelpDesk. Learn more about Information Technology Services at AU.

Student Life

Clubs and organizations: More than 80 recognized clubs and organizations. Learn more about services for students.

Athletics: AU Saxons compete on 23 varsity teams including 15 NCAA Division III sports and two IHSA sports. About 22% of all undergraduates play a varsity sport, and half of all AU students participate in either intramural or club sports. Learn more about AU Athletics.


Alfred University is accredited by:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • New York State Board of Regents, and the Commissioner of Education
  • Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (Programs in Ceramic Engineering, Glass Engineering Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
  • American Chemical Society
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • Commission on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs


Washington Monthly badge 2013Go beyond the glossy brochures and read what the outside experts say. You’ll find that the experts agree: Alfred University is a great place for you!

Find out about Alfred University’s reputation among several third-party sources, including students and colleagues at other schools. We know we measure up to almost any other institution, regardless of what measures you use.

Washington Monthly, using standards that measure how service-oriented schools are, places Alfred University 12th in the nation among master's institutions.

AU scored on par with Princeton and better than Yale and Dartmouth in the Brookings Institution’s “value added” assessment of about 4,000 schools nationwide. It also was the best-rated school in Western New York.

Alfred University's (AU) master of fine arts degree program in ceramic art once again heads the national rankings list of similar curriculums, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 edition of "Best Graduate Schools."

AU is ranked as the #6 "Great School at a Great Price" in the Northern U.S. among comparable (masters-degree Fiske Guide 2013Princeton Review icongranting) institutions, according to U.S. News and World Report's annual college guide.

Princeton Review 2015Forbes and the Princeton Review include Alfred University in their listings of the top schools in the country, and the Fiske Guide named AU one of the "Best Buys" nationally among 24 private instiutions.

AU's master's degree programs in business administration (MBA) are included in the Princeton Review's annual "The Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition."