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Alfred University

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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.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Financial Aid

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 year’s 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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1347th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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

Information Summary

Ranks 59th in New York and 527th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.04
Arson 3 0.13
Burglary 7 0.29
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 22 0.92

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Alfred, NY 14802-1205
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population3,954 (3,954 urban / N/A rural)
Households530 (2.05 people per house)
Median Household Income$21,313
Families169 (2.73 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3623

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 646th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $24,372 $24,372 $24,372
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $950 $950 $950
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $902 $902 $902
FT Graduate Tuition $30,920 $30,920 $30,920
FT Graduate Required Fees $950 $950 $950
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $810 $810 $810
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $39,948 $39,948 $39,948
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $39,948 $39,948 $39,948
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $30,480 $30,480 $30,480

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $24,175 $24,723 $24,175 $24,723 $24,175 $24,723
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,050 $1,100
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,498(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,650 $1,700
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,498(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,650 $1,700
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,268 $5,318

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,417 (1,839 male / 1,578 female)
Admitted 2,385 (1,302 male / 1,083 female)
Admission rate 70%
First-time Enrollment 535 (300 male / 235 female)
FT Enrollment 535 (300 male / 235 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment2,431

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Empire Eight
NCAA Basketball Conference Empire Eight
NCAA Track & Field Conference Empire Eight

ACT Test Admission

388th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 30%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27

SAT Test Admission

459th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 92%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 590
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1000 / 1200

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,469
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,020
Board Fee$5,598

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 10 45 36 7 350 121 569
Accounting 1 2 21 2 26
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 2 2
Athletic Training/Trainer 8 1 9
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 7 7
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 20 8 29
Business Administration and Management, General 1 1 1 14 8 25
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 3 2 5 2 78 21 111
Ceramic Sciences and Engineering 1 15 2 18
Chemistry, General 1 6 1 8
Commercial and Advertising Art 2 2 1 5
Community Organization and Advocacy
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 15 13 1 18 18 65
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 2 7 3 13
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 3
Economics, General
Education, Other
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1 1 1 2 1 6
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 12 2 15
Engineering, Other 1 1 2
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 5 1 8
Environmental Studies 5 1 6
Finance, General 1 1 2
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
French Language and Literature
General Studies
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 1 3
German Language and Literature 1 1
History, General 10 10
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 2 2
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 1
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 5 6
Materials Engineering 1 1 12 4 18
Mathematics, General 2 1 3
Mechanical Engineering 18 18
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 4 3 16 7 30
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Physics, General 1 3 1 5
Political Science and Government, General 1 3 5 9
Psychology, General 1 2 1 20 3 27
Public Administration 7 1 1 2 11
Reading Teacher Education 3 4 7 20 34
School Psychology 2 1 11 3 17
Sculpture 1 3 4
Sociology 1 1 2
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 4 1 6

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1849th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $64,077 ($68,655 male / $59,158 female)
Number of FT Faculty 154 (85 male / 69 female)
Number of PT Faculty 186
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $1,912,974

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