Summer Programs
Summer Sessions: FAQs

What do Summer Sessions at Alfred University offer?
Two six-week sessions, the first, May 19-June 27, 2014, and the second, June 30-August 8, 2014, along with special short-term intensive courses, at the graduate and undergraduate levels. For the most up-to-date course information, please access the Summer School Class Schedule on-line using BannerWeb.

(Students who have specific questions about summer art courses should contact the School of Art & Design at 607.871.2412 or via email.)

(Students enrolled in Downstate Programs who will be coming to campus for summer classes should contact Jay Cerio, AU Director of Downstate Programs, for further information.)

Are any on-line courses offered during the summer ?
Some summer courses are offered totally on-line or in an "on-line hybrid" format. (Hybrids are on-line courses with some required on-campus meeting dates. The first class meeting day, time and location will be indicated in the course description in Banner. Subsequent required class meeting days and times will be included in the course syllabus.) Courses offered on-line or as "on-line hybrids" are identified with an asterisk in the "quick reference" course list accessible on the summer course webpage.

View On-line Course Readiness Check-List and Technology Requirements. Students with questions about the technology requirements should contact the Alfred University ITS Helpdesk at 607.871.2222 or via email.

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What are short-term courses?
Some summer courses are offered in a two, three or four-week intensive format. Classes meet for several hours each day, Monday through Friday. Some of these courses require students to do some reading, or complete some assignments ahead of time, or after the course ends. Nonetheless, it's a great way to get a course out of the way in a brief period of time and still have the rest of the summer to do other things.

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What's the class size?
The average number in each class is five, but some classes are larger.

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When and how do I register for Summer Courses?
Summer course registration began March 17, 2014.

Students are able to register up until the first day of class, but are strongly encouraged to register as early as possible. Courses with less than the required minimum enrollment may be cancelled on the last business day before the course begins. Early registration can help to avoid an unnecessary cancellation of a course.

Currently enrolled AU full-time and part-time students must register for summer courses on-line using BannerWeb. Web registration is available 7 days a week, from 8 am to midnight. Contact the Student Service Center for help if you have questions about web registration by calling 607.871.2123.

Local high school juniors and seniors, commuting from home, can take summer courses at the 100 and 200 levels. They have to complete a special high school registration form. View further information for high school students taking summer courses.

Other individuals wishing to take summer courses must complete a Summer School Registration form. Completed registration forms may be brought in person to the Student Service Center in Seidlin Hall, mailed to the address listed on the form, faxed to 607.871.2347, or scanned and attached to an email sent to registrar@alfred.edu.

New students must also submit an Immunization Form before the registration process can be completed. View further information about immunization requirements.

Registration must be completed prior to the first class, with full payment due on or before the first class meeting. Students who have registered, submitted their Immunization Form and paid their bill should go directly to their classes at the start of the session. After that time late fees will be assessed and, since some classes have limited enrollment, no guarantee of admission can be made.

Important: Students who qualify for tuition remission must submit their tuition remission request forms at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the class(es) for which they are registering.

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Can I audit summer classes?
Some summer courses may be available for auditing on a very limited basis. Individuals wishing to audit summer courses must first find out if the course they wish to take is open to auditors and then get the approval of the instructor. The instructor must sign the audit form. (In the case of art courses, the Dean of the School of Art and Design must also approve and sign the form.) If the student has an advisor, the advisor must sign also.

Registering to audit a course cannot be done on-line. A paper audit form must be completed, approved as indicated above, and submitted to the Student Service Center. Auditors will be charged 50% of the regular course tuition. For further information about auditing a summer course, please contact the Student Service Center at 607.871.2123 or via email.

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How do I find out about course schedule changes or cancellations?
There must be at least two students registered for a non-art summer course (not counting tuition remission students) in order for most classes to be held, although some require a higher minimum enrollment. (Art course minimums vary.) We are striving for a full summer course schedule. In the event that we have no choice but to cancel a course, you will be notified as soon as possible and given the opportunity to enroll in a different summer course.

Notification will be made via email to your official AU email account. It is your responsibility to check your email account on a regular basis for summer course additions, changes and cancellations.

Students traveling a distance to campus for summer courses should check course status before setting out on their trip to avoid the expense and inconvenience of a wasted trip in the event their course has been cancelled or changed.

Course details are available in Banner. The course information on this website will also be kept up to date. (Note: Due to circumstances beyond our control, the decision to cancel might not be made until the first class meeting.)

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How much does it cost?
For part-time summer students (taking 11 credit hours or less) 2014 tuition for undergraduate courses (non-art) is $902/credit hour. The tuition for graduate courses (non-art) is $810/credit hour. The tuition for undergraduate and graduate art courses is $511/credit hour (plus applicable studio fees). In addition to the tuition cost, all part-time summer students must pay a $80 student service fee. Students taking more than 11 credit hours over the summer are considered full time and their tuition rate is based on their grade level at the end of the spring semester. If you are unsure of your full-time tuition rate, please contact the Student Accounts Office in the Student Services Center at 607.871.2123. The student service fee for full-time students is $475.

All tuition and fees must be paid in full prior to the first day of class. View further information about student bills and payment.

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How can I find out if I'm eligible for financial aid?
During the summer most types of financial aid are limited. The availability of financial aid will vary from student to student. Please check with the Financial Aid office at 607.871.2159.

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Where would I live and get meals?
Housing is available on campus from May 18-August 9, for students aged 18 or older. Students requiring housing must complete a summer housing contract and submit it to the Office of Residence Life at least four weeks prior to the start of the summer session they wish to attend. (Summer housing fees will be billed through CASHnet. New students need to activate their AU email account in order to receive billing notification.) View further information about summer housing. Please see the answer to the next question, below, for information about what to do when you arrive on campus.

While no meal plan is available during Summer Session I, most summer students are housed in suites or apartments with kitchen facilities so they can prepare their own food if they wish to. Meals may also be obtained at restaurants in the Village of Alfred. Local Restaurants

The dining hall will be open during most of Summer Session II and there will be a limited meal plan available students residing on campus. (SSII students interested in the meal plan should contact the Residence Life Office at 607.871.2186 for further details.)

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When can I arrive on campus and where do I go?
If you are a commuting student, have registered for a summer course, paid and shown proof of immunization, you should go directly to your classroom on the first day of class. If this is your first time coming to campus, allow a little extra time to park and find your classroom. For assistance, please consult the campus map and directions to campus.

If you are planning to reside on campus and have completed and returned your summer housing contract, you will be notified of your housing assignment shortly before the start of the summer session you are attending. Additional information concerning where to go to obtain your key will be provided to you with your housing confirmation. Campus residences will be open from noon on Sunday, May 18 through noon on Saturday, June 28, 2014 for Summer Session I and from noon on Sunday, June 29 to noon on Saturday, August 9, 2014 for Summer Session II. All summer housing ends on Saturday, August 10 and students must check-out by noon. If you have any questions concerning housing, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 607.871.2186.

Students wishing to park on campus should visit the Campus Security Office in the Physical Plant building sometime within the first few days of class to obtain a parking permit. For further information about parking or if you have any questions about campus safety, please contact the Security Office at 607.871.2108.

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Where can I get my textbooks?
If you're wondering what textbooks you need and how to purchase them, you can visit the AU Bookstore webpage. All the information you need can be found there, along with contact information if you have any questions.

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Where will I get my mail?
Residential summer students should visit the mail room sometime during their first few days on campus to be assigned a mailbox number. The mail room is located in the lower level of the Campus Center. For further information, or if you are unable to visit the mail room during regular business hours, please call 607.871.2666 for assistance.

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What do I do if I need help with my computer?
If you have any computing questions, have trouble accessing BannerWeb or my.alfred.edu (the AU website for students), our ITS staff is here to help. Please visit the ITS website, contact them at 607.871.2222 or send them an email message if you need assistance.

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Who can I contact if I need special academic services or tutoring?
Tutoring services are not offered during the summer months. However, the accommodations of extended test time and/or separate testing location will be available. Any student who feels they may need an academic accommodation based on the impact of a disability (e.g. sensory, learning, psychological, medical, mobility) should contact the Center for Academic Success (607.871.2148) to arrange an appointment to discuss their needs.

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How can I find out about my grades?
As final grades are recorded they become viewable/printable by students on BannerWeb. Requests for copies of official transcripts should be made to the Registrar’s Office in the Student Service Center. See the Transcript Request web page for information on how to obtain an official transcript.

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If I'm enrolled at another school and take summer classes at AU, will the credits I earn be accepted at my school?
It is a good idea for summer students who are regularly enrolled at other colleges and universities, and who intend to transfer credits from AU to their home institutions, to secure advance approval of the Alfred University course selections from their home institutions. Even though courses at AU are fully accredited and are generally accepted for transfer credit, decisions on transferability rest with the receiving college or university.

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Can I get a job too?
The sooner you register the better your chances of finding a job. The Human Resources Office staff can assist you in making contact with offices on campus that may have summer jobs available. Contact Human Resources at 607.871.2118.

The Office of Summer Programs hires several students to work on campus each summer. Students working for AU Summer Programs are provided with housing for much of the summer as part of their compensation. These hiring decisions are made by early April. Contact us at 607.871.2612 or via email for further information.

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What health care options are available for students during the summer?
The AU Health Service is closed, except for administrative functions, during the summer. Students who have a health care provider/family doctor in the area should consider calling their office first. Other options include:

Emergency Care (24 hours a day, 7 days a week):
St. James Mercy Hospital, 411 Canisteo St., Hornell, NY 14843,
607.324.8000. website

Jones Memorial Hospital, 191 North Main, Wellsville, NY 14895,
585.593.1100. website

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What's Alfred's summer weather like?
It is warm and sunny, most of the time. Generally it is less humid than in most of the U.S.; typical daytime highs are in the 70s and 80s. During the months of May and June the evenings can be cool, but it usually warms up during the day. Students should be sure to bring umbrellas, though, to be prepared for occasional summer thunderstorms.

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Is there anything else happening on campus?
Many students like to spend their spare time hiking, swimming or biking on campus and in the local area. Other summer activities on campus include carillon concerts, various conferences, residential institutes for high school students, sports camps and other programs. See Living In Alfred for area events and attractions in the summer.

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Where can I find out about area services?
If you are interested in finding out about services available locally such as banks, grocery stores, storage facilities and child care, please visit the area services webpage.