International Students : Campus Information

Students on the Steps of the International House at AuWhile on campus you may have a lot of questions and might not be sure where to go.  Below you will find information on some of the services provided on campus.

Getting Involved

There’s a lot to do at Alfred U! American university campuses are different than other countries in that there tends to be a lot more going on.  The vast majority of students live on campus and the campus becomes the center of their social lives.  Even though Alfred is a small village, there is a lot to do here because of the campus activities that are available. To find out about all the available clubs, programs, events, and activities check out the Center for Student Involvement.

  • Campus Center: The Arthur & Lea Powell Campus Center houses student organization offices, meeting rooms, the Knight Club, a post office, the bookstore, the campus radio station (WALF), the campus newspaper offices, a game room, an information center, the Li’l Alf Café, a dining hall, and the Nevins Theatre. Resident students will have their own mail box in the post office located on the first floor of the Powell Campus Center. Boxes will be assigned and the key can be picked up from your resident director. You will have the same mailbox for your entire stay at the University.  Phone: 607.871.2175.
  • Athletic facilities: Alfred University has indoor facilities for basketball, volleyball, handball, racquetball, badminton, and squash. There are also outdoor facilities for football, softball, soccer, tennis, and lacrosse. In addition, there is a swimming pool, saunas, and a fitness center. You are eligible to utilize the center for open recreation, varsity sports, intramurals, or to attend University athletic events.  Alfred hosts a variety of varsity, intramural, and club sports. For more information on varsity sports, which require a try out to participate, visit http://gosaxons.com/.  For information on club sports, which are open to anyone and compete against other area schools, visit http://gosaxons.com/sports/2013/8/1/club_sports.aspx?.  For information on intramurals, in which teams compete against other Alfred U students, visit http://gosaxons.com/sports/2013/8/1/intramurals_recsports.aspx?. Please call 607.871.2193 for hours of operation for the facilities.
  • Arts: If music is your thing, there's a lot of opportunities at Alfred to get involved! Alfred has a choir, symphonic band, symphonic orchestra for you to join. These programs are offered as classes at Alfred and to join you simply register for them online the same as you would any other class. To find them, search under subject for "Music". There are also clubs and student run organizations to participate in that are arts related.

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Residence Life

Residence hall room assignments and a listing of off-campus housing are provided by the Residence Life Office which is located in Bartlett Hall. Any questions concerning residence halls or meal plans should be directed to this office. Phone: 607.871.2186.

  • International House: When you are looking at your housing choices, make sure to consider the international house -- also called Global Alfred!  This housing choice provides an opportunity for American students and international students to interact in a dynamic multicultural setting. It affords a unique cross-cultural living situation which allows you to meet and get to know students from around the world. Students experience a wider diversity within their social network and learn about themselves in a larger cultural context. Participants in this living community must be 21 years or older.

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Dining Services

Alfred University Dining Services provides a number of meal plans for your convenience. Plans are available to all students and provide a wide number of choices. If you have difficulty adjusting to the meals offered through Dining Service, please speak to John Dietrich, Dining Service Manager, in Ade Hall and he will attempt to accommodate your needs. Phone: 607.871.2247.

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Bookstore

The College Bookstore in the Powell Campus Center is available to all students. Textbooks, paper, pencils, art supplies, college souvenirs, and many other items can be purchased at this store.  You will find that most textbooks aren’t available to borrow in the library, so students purchase their own copies each semester.  The store is usually open every day of the week, but there are extended hours at the beginning of each semester. Check with the bookstore for exact hours.  Textbooks, college apparel, and supplies can also be purchased online for pickup once you arrive to campus.  Books can also be rented for the semester, often at a lower cost than buying. When purchasing or renting books (online or in person) you will need to know your classes including the course number (ex. COMM 302) and section number (ex. COMM 302.01 means section 1).  The website and bookstores have options to buy new, used, e-books, or rent, depending on availability. Phone: 607.871.2350.

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Student Service Center

Located on the main floor in Seidlin Hall, the Student Service Center is the place to go to register for classes, report address changes, pick up a transcript, transfer credits, inquire about cross registration with another school, pay your bill, and to make final changes in your schedule. The Student Service Center’s normal hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30PM. The phone number is 607.871.2123. The Student Service Center is also responsible for billing and collecting money for tuition, room and board, and other fees.

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Career Development Center (CDC)

Located in the Allen-Steinheim Museum, the Robert R. McComsey Career Development Center offers assistance with career decisions and services. A number of resources are available, as well as assistance from a career counselor. Workshops are frequently offered on topics such as resume preparation and interviewing skills. Phone: 607.871.2164.

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Information Technology Services

Alfred prides itself on offering students and faculty up-to-date technology services. The ITS department gives full support to all student needs.  Client services support both Mac and PC users from a new Help Desk facility on the lower level of the Herrick Library.

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Counseling and Health

Counseling and health services are provided for all University students to assist them with their mental and physical health. The Wellness Center Counseling Services provide an opportunity for students to explore their feelings and attitudes in a confidential counseling relationship. The Health Center offers a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and administrative support staff who provide a wide range of medical services. Students needing long term or complex care are referred to appropriate providers or agencies as warranted. The Crandall Wellness Center is located on Park Street. The Center is open Monday through Friday. Students who wish to meet with a counselor should make an appointment by calling 607.871.2300 between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.

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Academic Services

If you find yourself struggling with your academic work while at Alfred, there are a lot of resources to help you. Information about the different resources can be found here.

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Funding

Federal, state, and University need-based financial aid programs are reserved
for United States citizens or persons with permanent visas. Scholarships are available each
year to qualified undergraduate international students. For further information, contact the
International Student Coordinator in the Admissions Office.

Graduate students: Alfred University provides substantial financial support for
graduate study. Most of the University-funded assistance is provided in the form of
assistantships and fellowships which are awarded by the academic departments and
Alfred University faculty advisors. In the assignment of assistantships, factors such as
academic record, purpose in graduate study, professional accomplishments, personal
character, and experience may be considered. The University also provides a limited
amount of need-based hardship funding. Make sure to talk to the OIP to verify you have
filled out the correct paperwork to be able to take an assistantship.

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