Most students entering college don’t know exactly what they want to do. They know what they like... math, science, English or history... or don’t like... math, science, English or history... but they don’t know how to sort it all out and arrive at a major.
Alfred University has a number of advantages for undecided students.
With about 2,000 undergraduate students and a faculty-student ratio of about 1 to 12, students get the kind of personal attention they need to explore options.
Emphasis on good teaching and advising
While many of our faculty members are internationally known in their fields as researchers, artists, writers, and leaders, their first priority is always their students. They are eager to help students figure out what they may want to do and they serve as mentors in choosing a major.
Alfred University honors an interdisciplinary approach to education and because we are a small institution, students have the opportunity to take courses in our four diverse schools and colleges. That means an art major who wants to take a biology course, a business student who is interested in art history, or an engineering student who wants to write poetry, can easily do so, without a lot of paperwork.
Declaring a major
By the end of the sophomore year, students really do have to declare a major. For those whose interests remain diverse and haven’t coalesced into one area, we offer an Individually Structured Major.
Jennifer Posener, Assistant Dean