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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 2,000 undergraduates and nearly 300 graduate students from 31 states and 20 countries attend full-time on the Alfred campus. We have an additional 118 part-time graduate students on the AU campus, and 189 part-time graduate students enrolled in our downstate program. The minority population is about 12%. Freshman 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 95% of the entering freshmen 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 most of our graduates are either employed or in graduate school. Read about the success of our graduates.

Academics

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 and two summer school 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 in 21 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.

Accreditation

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

Rankings

Washington Monthly badge 2013Washington Monthly, using standards that measure how service-oriented schools are, places Alfred University 12th in the nation among master's institutions.

Alfred University is currently 30th in the North and consistently ranks among the top 20 master's level institutions in the North, according to U.S. News & World Report. AU's internationally-known ceramics M.F.A. program is also consistently ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in its Graduate School Guide.

AU is ranked as the #3 "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 calls AU one of the best buys in the country.

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."