Early Decision

Image of AU StudentThe early decision admission option offers applicants, whose first choice is Alfred University, the opportunity to apply for the fall semester by December 1 and receive a decision by December 15.


  • Applicants must be first-time (freshman) students
  • Applicants must make a commitment to enroll at Alfred University if they are admitted. Early Decision Contract
  • Early decision candidates may apply to other institutions, however, upon notification of admission to Alfred University, those applications must be withdrawn.


  • Online Common Application (Alfred University is a member of the Common Application System for selective colleges and universities)

Application fee - A $50 (US) fee is charged for each application. A check or money order, made payable to Alfred University, must accompany the application or it cannot be processed. Visit Campus and interview with an Admissions Counselor to obtain a fee waiver.

Deadline - Application, official transcripts, ACT or SAT I scores, letters of recommendation, and the Early Decision Contract must be submitted no later than December 1.

Notification - Applicants will be notified of an admission decision by December 15. Students who are admitted must withdraw applications to other colleges and submit a non-refundable deposit of $300 by January 15. Students who are not admitted as part of the early decision plan will be deferred and reviewed again under the regular admission program. Not being admitted through the early decision plan does not harm a student's chances of being admitted through the regular admission process.

Financial aid application - Special financial aid application forms are provided to all early decision applicants. The deadline for a preliminary evaluation is December 15. Early decision awards are finalized by completion and submission of the FAFSA after January 1, using actual income information.

Alfred University
Office of Admissions
Alumni Hall
1 Saxon Drive
Alfred, NY 14802

Ph: 800.541.9229
Ph: 607.871.2115