Alfred at a Glance
Founded: 1836, with inclusion from the start! One of the first coeducational institutions in the United States
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 1,600 undergraduates and nearly 150 graduate students from 43 states and 16 countries attend full-time on the Alfred campus. We have approximately 90 additional part-time graduate students on the Alfred, NY campus, and 475 graduate students enrolled in our AUNY NYC-metro area programs.
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 910 and 1140. Admitted graduate students should have a 3.0 GPA or better.
Financial Aid: More than 95% of the entering first year class receives some type of financial assistance: university, federal, state and private.
Graduates: Surveys of AU graduates consistently reveal that one year after graduation 98% of our students land jobs or are in graduate school.
Programs: 47 undergraduate majors and 65 minors. We also offer internships, research and study abroad opportunities in the following schools and colleges:
- College of Business
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Inamori School of Engineering
- School of Art and Design
- School of Graduate & Continuing Studies
- Performing Arts Division
- The NYS College of Ceramics
Class size: Average class size is 18 students. Student/Faculty ratio is 13:1.
Faculty: 90% of the faculty have doctorates or terminal degrees in their discipline. Teaching is a faculty priority.
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.
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.
Clubs and organizations: More than 80 recognized clubs and organizations.
Athletics: AU Saxons compete on 22 varsity teams including 17 NCAA Division III sports, one USCSA (United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association) sport, one NCA (National Cheerleading Association) and two IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) sports. Roughly 30% of all undergraduates play a varsity sport, and approximately half of all AU students participate in either intramural or club sports. Learn more about AU Athletics.
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Alfred University is accredited by:
Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (Programs in Ceramic Engineering, Glass Engineering Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Renewable Energy Engineering)
Alfred University’s reputation among several third-party sources, including Forbes and The Princeton Review, is second to none. We're proud to know that we measure up to almost any other institution, regardless of what measures you use.
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