Originally named Alfred Academy, Alfred University was founded in 1836. The school was classified as junior college in 1941 and in 1948 it became a part of the State University New York system, also known as SUNY.
AU is based in western New York and is located near Buffalo and Rochester. The school offers over sixty programs of study. There are four main schools at the university; the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the Inamori School of Engineering, and the graduate school. The most popular programs are engineering and art. One notable feature is that there is a physical education requirement for most programs.
In addition to being well-known for its engineering program, the university is also highly recognized for its ceramic art and astronomy programs. The popularity of the astronomy program may be attributed in part to the Stull Observatory on campus which houses seven telescopes. They range in size from 7 inches to 32 inches. The Stull observatory has one of the largest optical telescopes in New York. The university also provides a museum known as the Schein Joseph international Museum of Ceramic Art. This museum has over 8,000 pieces of ceramic art, including both ancient and modern installations.
There are two libraries located on campus; the Herrick Memorial Library and the Scholes Library. The Herrick Library is used by all students of the university, while the Scholes library is primarily used by students of the ceramic school.
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The financial aid department assists students in determining the best ways to finance their education. Ways their students finance their education include family resources, federal and state funding, and university scholarships and grants.
If the student will need financial aid, the first step in applying for it will be to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Certain documents will be needed to complete the form, such as the previous years tax return information. The federal government will then send all information to the school and the student will be notified of their eligibility for federal financial aid.
If a student is awarded financial aid and accepts the award, he or she must complete a loan counseling course. The loan counseling course explains the pros and cons of receiving a federal student aid loan in detail. The process of repaying the loan will be explained, as well as additional information the student will need to know. Once the loan entrance counseling is completed, the student will receive an award letter stating the loan amount that he or she should expect to receive. If a student has questions regarding the financial aid process, they are encouraged to consult with the staff in the financial aid office.
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AU is home to a wide variety of clubs and organizations, including a large number of honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. The university does not recognize or encourage participation in Greek organizations unless they are of an academic nature. Alpha Phi Omega is one of the academic fraternities.
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There are several types of sports for students to choose from—the athletic department is composed of both men’s and women’s teams in nearly every sport. Option range from baseball to soccer to track and field and competition is in NCAA Division III. An equestrian program is also offered and is one of the few sports that are co-ed.
Students automatically become members of the Alumni Association after completing two semesters or having been awarded an honorary degree from the university. Alumni Association meetings are held every year during the reunion weekends. All alumni members are invited. The association is governed by the alumni council. There are 21 members on the council and they each serve a 3 year term.
Well known-alumni include:
- Arthur Eugene Baggs, ceramic artist
- Kristin Morgin, sculptor
- Arnold Zimmerman, sculptor
- George P. Darrow, US Congressman
- William Wallace Brown, US Congressman
- Henry Moore Teller, US Congressman
- Melvil Dewey, creator of the Dewey Decimal Systgem
- Robert Littell, Novelist
- Jeffery S. Maurer, CEO of Lehman Brothers
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