International Student Requirements

Are you interested in studying at Alfred University? To be a qualified applicant, you should present academic records that include a minimum of 16 academic units.

The College of Business Units
English 4 units
Social Studies or History 3-4 units
College preparatory mathematics - algebra I - geometry - pre-calculus 3-4 units
Remaining should be in the above fields or business 4 units
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Units
English 4 units
Social Studies or History 3-4 units
College preparatory mathematics - algebra I - geometry - pre-calculus 3-4 units
Laboratory Science 2 units
Remaining should be in the above fields or art  
The Inamori School of Engineering Units
English 4 units
Social Studies or History 3-4 units
College preparatory mathematics - algebra I - geometry - pre-calculus 4 units
Laboratory Science - biology - chemistry - physics 3-4 units
Remaining should be in the above fields  

The School of Art and Design
A portfolio is required for all applicants to the School of Art & Design by February 1. Learn more about the undergraduate art portfolio or the graduate art portfolio.

Graduate student academic requirements

A 3.0/4.0 GPA or better is recommended.

Each program has different academic requirements. See the program pages for specific information.

Undergraduate student transcripts

AU requires original or certified copies of all secondary transcripts or records of grades to-date and showing proof of graduation. These must be prepared and authorized by your home institution with a certified English translation of those records.

Any student who has attempted completion of any post-secondary studies is considered a Transfer Student and should file a Transfer Student application. AU requires original or certified copies of all secondary and post-secondary transcripts or records of grades to-date and showing proof of graduation. These must be prepared and authorized by your home institution with a certified English translation of those records.

Admission standards at Alfred University are competitive, and students are expected to have excellent academic records. In evaluating your level of placement, Alfred University requires evaluation of your records through one of the following organizations:

  • World Evaluation Services organization WES
  • Education Evaluators International EEI

Graduate student transcripts

Applicants must provide official transcripts (in English) of all previous work at the college level, including proof that you hold the baccalaureate degree equivalent to a U.S. 4-year degree.

The baccalaureate degree must be appropriate to the particular course of study and be considered legitimate preparation for the field of study to which the student is being admitted. Some students may be accepted with the condition that undergraduate coursework be completed.

All academic records which are not in English MUST be certified true copies issued by the educational institution which you attended. Notarized copies are not acceptable. Any translated record should be literal, not interpretive, and must be accompanied by a copy of the original document. The only acceptable translations are those conducted and certified by the issuing institution, or by one of the following evaluation services:

  • World Evaluation Services organization WES
  • Education Evaluators International EEI

A 3.0/4.0 (65% OR greater)GPA or better is recommended.

Consideration will be given to graduate work done at other accredited institutions. Such credit must be in courses which were clearly at the graduate level with a grade of B or better, and appropriate to your program of study at Alfred University. Transfer credits must fit within the six consecutive calendar years of a student's academic program. The student's advisor and program department chairperson or program director must approve each transfer credit. Normally the maximum number of credits which may be transferred is six credits for M.A., M.S. or M.S. in Ed. degrees, and twenty credits in doctoral programs. No transfer of credit is permitted for the M.F.A. degree.

The language of instruction at Alfred University is English.

All undergraduate international applicants are required to submit official scores from eithr the SAT, the ACT, TOEFL or IELTS examinations.

Alfred University reserves the right to request undergraduate applicants to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores if their SAT or ACT scores are inconclusive.

  • Official Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  • American College Testing (ACT)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Test (IELTs)

Alfred University's Institution Code: 2005

Undergraduate language score requirements

TOEFL 80
IELTS 6.0

Graduate language score requirements

TOEFL 90 (80 MFA)
IELTS 6.5 (6.0 MFA)

*Lower scores are reviewed on a case by case basis. If your score is under the requirement, we reserve the right to have additional documentation submitted to show proof of English ability.

The following form is required to be submitted with the application for admission. Your application will not be reviewed without this form. If you are accepted, you must also submit a non-refundable $300 deposit in U.S. dollars in order to receive an I-20.

Evidence of Financial Support - The Department of Homeland Security requires Alfred University to verify that a student planning to study in the United States on a F-1 visa can provide financial evidence documenting sufficient funds for their student careers. To verify evidence of financial support, please submit the appropriate form below in order for the Committee on Admissions to make a decision on the application. The form is required to be submitted along with the application.

Health and Immunization Forms - All students attending Alfred University must comply with New York State health regulations and submit these forms prior to attendance. Learn more about required health and immunization forms.

Photocopy of passport page with picture and full name.

Financial Aid is not available to international students however; we do offer merit-based scholarships based on academic results, test scores and extra-curricular activities.