Welcome to Alfred University

Information for University of the Arts Students

To say that we are very saddened to learn of the announcement of University of the Arts closing doesn’t compare to how you must be feeling now. And, no doubt, you have many questions about what to do next.

Our Promise to You

We know it's been a stressful time, our promise to you is to make your transition from University of the Arts to Alfred University a simple one, keeping you on time to graduate with the degree you've been working toward. And we'll be with you each step of the way. Whether you are a current student or were planning to enroll as a first-time student in the Fall, our promise is the same. 

The Alfred University community stands ready to help you realize your educational dream and finish your academic degree. As we say in our mission statement, "We help students realize their purpose."

Alfred University was awarded an A- grade by Forbes magazine in Fall 2023 for its financial health, placing in the top 100 higher education institutions in the country with this rating. In the most recent annual study by the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Alfred University ranked 169th out of 669 higher education institutions surveyed in terms of endowment per full-time student. Since our founding in 1836, we have become renowned for the values of inclusivity, intersections and mentorship. These values ensure we support positive, healthy relationships across campus. Our student-centered philosophy gives students of all levels easy access to research and faculty engagements that many do not experience until much later in graduate work.

And, we're pleased to extend to University of the Arts students the same terms they have if they transfer to Alfred University. 

Points of Pride: 

  • Our BFA in Studio Art is multimedia and multi-disciplinary where students combine their interests from Photography, Painting and Drawing, Ceramics, Printmaking, Sculpture, Fiber, Mixed Media Art, Design, Video and Sound, Glass, Metal Casting, and more to create their own intersections. 
  • Alfred University's School of Art & Design (est. 1900) is ranked in the top 10 nationally. 
  • Students work across media with faculty mentors towards their senior thesis exhibition (please see the YouTube video below of our BFA major in practice).  
  • Alfred University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). 
  • We offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre & Music with minors in Dance, Theatre, Music & Performance Design & Technology. 
  • We offer an Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Performing Arts with concentrations in Music-Performance, Music-Sound Studies, Performance Design & Technology, Theatre and Dance. 
  • Take advantage of a double major or our 4+1 Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.  


Learn more about the School of Art & Design and Performing Arts Division

Let's Get Started

First things first. It's critical that you let us know you're considering Alfred University as your school of choice for the Fall semester. The good news is that we've created a streamlined application process just for University of the Arts students.

Apply Now

An exclusive Zoom session with Lauren Lake, Dean of the School of Art and Design and Performing Arts, Maria Bentley, Assistant Dean of the School of Art and Design, and Kristen Vargason, Director of Enrollment Strategic Planning and Transfer Admissions will be held on Thursday, July 18 at 12 PM Eastern Standard Time. We will send you the link, so you should be able to find it in your e-mail inbox. If you don't see it due to your inbox filters blocking the link, please search for a message from Kristen Vargason at [email protected]

Have general questions about Alfred? We are here for you. Whether you have questions about transfer credits, living in Alfred, extracurricular activities, athletics, or any other topic, contact Kristen Vargason, Director of Enrollment Strategic Planning & Transfer Admissions. Kristen will be your new primary contact at Alfred University!


Come for a Visit

If you've decided to transfer to Alfred to finish your degree – or even if you haven't – why not come for a visit? For virtually all of our prospective students, a visit to Alfred confirms that this is the place for them. Want to visit Alfred before you make your final decision but need help with lodging or travel costs? Tell us when you plan to visit, and we'll make it happen!

Here you'll experience a creative caring community of makers, a magical valley and time to focus on your practice and research in, through and about the arts. 

Welcome to Alfred University!

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Visit Alfred

Discover for yourself why Alfred University is Outside of Ordinary!

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Living at Alfred

Learning includes living. In addition to guaranteed housing, you'll enjoy great meals with great friends in our dining centers with food sourced from local farms.

Fitness and Recreation Wellness

Fitness & Recreation

We offer a variety of programs in order to provide the entire campus with the opportunity to stay active.

Welcome University of the Arts Students!

Start Your Transfer

University of the Arts students who would like to complete their degree at Alfred University are encouraged to begin their transfer process as soon as possible. University of the Arts students may bypass our full transfer application process simply by completing this form.

Alfred Stories

Whether transferring to Alfred University from 10 miles away or 10,000, you've found your home at Alfred University.

Talulla playing tennis

From South Africa to Alfred New York

"In South Africa, it’s seen as a great privilege and opportunity to be able to study in America. I am beyond grateful to be able to do this in such a gorgeous, friendly and supportive environment."

Talulla Torthe, 2022
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