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Alfred, NY
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1,884
Tuition
$27,794
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 540 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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1 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Very few things to do in town, a drive to nearest city, means bored rowdy college students

1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Totally Useless – All they do is give you aspirin and never schedule appointments at nearby clinics!

1 College Freshman

Parking: Far Far Away – The only spots even remotely convenient are reserved for faculty and RA's

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: One Club and Lame Parties – The only clubs and bar in town are filled with drunk bums

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Pretty Great! I have always had a really good relationship with financial aid. I have gotten very good packages every year and they are always willing to help when I am in a pinch with needing more aid!

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Pretty Average – The food at Alfred University is pretty average and sometimes you have to eat at Nana's or the Jet for a little variety and both places are off campus.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Alfred is a small rural town in WNY, on the surface it may look boring, or like there are not enough things to do in town, DON'T BE FOOLED!! Alfred is a place about community and making friends with new people and having fun doing whatever!

4 College Senior

Scholarships: I'm an out of state student and received a good amount of financial aid. I would suggest good grades or good portfolio, but there is also a special financial aid program for inner city students and local kids, as the school is located in the poorest county in the state. They are very understanding and make tuition affordable.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Campus is most strict about probably underage drinking and drug use in campus dorms, which is completely understandable. Punishment isn't very bad until your third strike, which can lead to expulsion.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Idyllic Campus and Ceramic Paradise – Point blank, Alfred has the best and largest ceramics program in the country. But if planning on coming here for art, the school also offers a rich diversity of other topics of study that allows a more differentiation in friends and classes versus just art schools. The art program for me was also the best, as it is more open than a lot of other programs out there, as there are no concentrations declared, allowing more freedom in artistic exploration and study.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Although I have never rode them, there are coach busses that will take people to NYC. The cost is unknown to me. Other transportation include shuttle services that take you to near by towns and one that tours the Allegheny area for only a few dollars.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is fairly accessible. There are a good amount of parking spaces...no less than the allocated permits. Permits cost $90, from what I have heard from friends at very large colleges, it is a great price. Tickets are issued when parked illegally (handicapped spot), or in a faculty spot which is reasonable. Any place on campus is walkable within 10 minutes. Cars are a huge luxury at Alfred, we are tucked back in a rural setting and to get to the nearest "city" is about 10 miles north. A car is very useful but there are shuttle services that take you there too.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Night Life – There is always something to do on and off campus which is always fun.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Here at Alfred University there is diversity and it is well accepted. All students are exposed to new cultures and new learnign experiences.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is a lot of pot smoking going around Alfred. Not that it is a huge detrimental aspect to the University, just an observation that I have had. Being an RA you get to see some of the behind the scenes things going on around campus. Just like any other college or university, there will be pot and alcohol. Peer Pressure is a shadowy subject, you do not necessarily see it but I am sure it must go on. Policy enforcement is more of an action to keep people safe and to ensure that no one is endangering themselves or others. We really have a great system at Alfred. The alcohol definitely takes the trump card on visibility and in general consumption. Needless to say any more, at Alfred you can be who you are, whether that is a straight edge student, a pot smoker, or a social drinker..no one really judges you.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of off campus living avaliable, cost is high but students are willing to pay.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If You Want It, You Will Find It. This is less about the campus, and more about the individual. Just like at any other campus, if a student wants to find a drug culture, they will be able to. this does not mean they have to however, and I have never felt pressured at Alfred.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There Are Too Many Freshmen! Although the housing accommodations are in reality very nice at Alfred, there are too many incoming students and this is causing a lack of rewards for deserving upperclassmen.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: No matter what time at night I have never felt unsafe on campus at Alfred University. Public safety is there if anything is to happen, although I doubt it ever will.

5 College Senior

Diversity: At Alfred University we've got a lot of diversity. Not only are our American students diverse, we've got a lot of international students as well. People from all over the country come to this school, so we've got a lot of differences in economic backgrounds, we've got a lot of diversity in ethnicity and race, we've got people who don't have the same religious beliefs, we've got gays, lesbians, and transgender students, and we're still one big family. We're huge on acceptance. We've got a club/organization called Drawn to Diversity where they work with all different types of students to come up with solutions that involve acceptance.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus Living – As an RA, and a student with a housing grant, I've never really felt the urge to live off campus, until my senior year. But all my friends live off campus. And unlike a lot of cities and other schools, our off-campus living is relatively cheap. I mean Alfred is a very small town, a lot of people have never even heard of us, but the people in the town rent out houses to students. So you can have 3 or more people sometimes living in a house, which brings down the cost of living even more, which is really good.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Best Places to Check Out – Alfred is a very small town but it still does try to offer a lot to it's students. We've got Nana's Japanese, Fox's Pizza, The Collegiate (the Jet), Terra Cotta Coffee House, Panda Chinese Food, Hot Diggity Dog, Uncle Alfred's Sub Shop, and B.B. Shenanigans, All are priced reasonably and decent food.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus Food Options – The food is good. I think it is average priced. It would be nice to have a grocery store closer. Or a pharmacy that is open on the weekends. There are no student discounts.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: There seems to be alot of grease used when cooking the food. Some days most options are fried. I would like healther options. They are redoing alot next year and have student input so that is good.

3 College Senior

Academics: Art and Design – Not many outside oppertunities. Studios are good. Some projrams get more recognition than others.

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Chagmion Antoine
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Bronx, N.Y.
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Throughout your Alfred experience, you or someone close to you will utter the phrase, "I've got to get out of here." Students at AU make threats to transfer at least twice daily. Still, very few actually do. Many students stay for an extra year. Some stay for grad school, and a good portion of the staff is composed of AU alumni. Why? Students are spoiled! It's comfortable here, the financial aid is great, and many professors are also great mentors. Who would want to leave all that personal attention and a close-knit group of friends to just be a number at another university with a better football team?

AU students will disparage their time at AU with venom. When asked to appraise their experience honestly, however, they'll shrug their shoulders and admit that Alfred has helped them to learn and grow as individuals. While some individuals transfer, the majority of students that chose Alfred knows deep down that they couldn't be anywhere else.

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