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Alfred, NY
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$27,794
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4 College Freshman

Transportation: A for Effort – Alfred is in the middle of nowhere. The nearest grocery store (besides the Dollar Tree) is thirty minutes away. So if you have a car you would think you would be stranded and lost in the vast nothingness that consumes the itty bitty town of Alfred. However, the town does a great job providing an easy to comprehend schedule for buses to take you to and from Hornell for all of your shopping and grocery needs.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: A number of the buildings on campus have been around since it opened. The student service center is in an old, renovated castle, which is pretty awesome. The dorms could use some updating, and there have been a number of issues with technological services---like shoddy wireless service and temperamental public computers. Overall the campus is absolutely beautiful, but there isn't much to do otherwise because, in Alfred, the colleges ARE THE TOWN. Literally.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty Perfect – The University does a great job keeping us all safe. I have never felt endangered walking the campus at night. Public Safety patrols everywhere and has officers join student staff at club-funded events like concerts and specialty shows. The only downfall is the "beef" between Alfred State and Alfred University. Sharing the dissected plateau's common areas in town seems to be a little difficult for some and has caused some problems in the past. And sometimes I feel as though gaining entry to the dorms is way too easy, but overall I feel super safe here.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Whiteys Mostly – AU is a small school and the majority of kids are white. However, there are other ethnicities present and our activities director created an award winning diversity club/class (drawn to diversity)

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Alfred is a very small town, there is one restaurant, a coffee house, a pizza place and a japanese cafe on main street. But if you're looking for something more, you'll have to drive at least twenty minutes out of Alfred.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I never feel unsafe while on campus or in town. My boyfriend lives on the other side of campus so I walk frequently on a back bike path all the way across campus, still I have no concerns while walking by myself.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The permit cost was a bit expensive, but you can park almost anywhere around campus. Parking is a little sparse around the dorms, but otherwise it's good. Technically you don't need a car, with your ID you can ride the bus to the nearest chain grocery stores, and there's a mom and pop grocery shop just off campus, called Kinfolk. A car is really only needed if you live close enough to visit family. Everything on campus is within walking distance. If you just want to get around campus, a bike is better, and there are bike hubs everywhere on campus!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not a Whole Lot, but It's All Delicious – It's a very small school, in a very small town. So the choices are very limited, but I suppose that just means that each place has to try harder to get students to come in, instead of driving to the next town over. I have never had an iced chai latte quite like the one at Terracotta, and nothing can beat the soba noodles in Nana's Japanese cafe, who has a board with advertisements in the restaurant. The best one was her offering to teach Japanese. The Jet is the go to place when you have your parents over. I'm not flush with cash, being in college, but I can eat at any one of these, and what makes it better is that everything is within a five minute walk.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Surrounding Greenery and Effort to Be Green – My school is really great about being green. There are recycling bins in every single hall, and they are regularly taken out. There are two facilities on campus to return cans to for money to help out with college costs. There is even a green dorm, and environmental house. There is even a Green Alfred club that regularly organizes events such as a stuff swap to reduce waste and help out those who maybe can't afford winter boots or microwaves.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Science Center – The science center needs work but other than that every thing is good.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: oh boy – The boys here are hott at least the football players are....The rest are ehh. All they want to do is hook up which can be annoying, but if thats your thing then you will fit in well.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: It's aight – The nightlife at Alfred is very repetitive, but fun if you have a good group of friends that want to have fun all the time. Gj's is fun if you like to dance. And I have never been to the bar, but I heard that it was very fun as well. The house parties tend to end early because either way too many people end up at one spot or someone is passed out on the ground...They can be fun tho.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Where Is That? Alfred is a small town that isn't widely known, and is definitely most filled with college students from Alfred University and Alfred State college across the street. While the town is small, the community is connected very well and everyone participates in an annual Hot Dog Day celebration. It's a very safe environment, but you might have to travel a ways to go shopping.

1 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Used to be a well balanced, fun school. Now its lame. Yes, if you look, I went to Alfred way back in the late 80's and early 90's. Some things have not changed:
- The weather still SUCKS 90% of the year
- The hilly terrain will keep you in shape, if it doesn't kill you first
- Its still in the middle of NOwhere, with nothing much nearby except Hornell (woo hoo) a half hour drive away.
- Townies still regularly get cranky at the students
- Alex's bar is still there :-) (Wait, thats a good thing)

But many other things that used to make the above tolerable (and even make them worth joking about) have changed:

- AU has become a two-major school, with little diversity outside Engineering (always has been big) and Art.
- With the decline and elimination of the Greek system at AU there is literally NO real social life anymore. The greeks added diversity and dare I say FUN to an otherwise dreary school. (and to be clear, I was not a greek myself, but knew many students who were. It was far more fun and INclusive back then... believe it or not.)
- AU has lost it's way in terms of allowing students to grow, learn, and expand their social and personal horizons. Too much handholding from the student life office now a days. It's OK to make some bad choices while in college, not everything has to be preplanned and prepared for. Geez, let kids be kids for 4 years. They generally will learn to grow up.

In summary, if you like being isolated, are a big artie/hippie or engineer, and really like being out in the middle of nowhere, go for it. My kids (all three) won't be attending my alma matter. It's too bad really, I had a GOOD time, but I can see for myself (and have heard from recent students) why its just not the same anymore.

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1 College Senior

Weather: The weather at Alfred is atrocious. It rains nonstop. There always seems to be a cloud over the town...when you leave, it's seemingly always sunny in neighboring towns, but not here. The valley makes for atrocious, cold winters and rainy autumn and springtimes.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I wish we were more competitive than division III--however the football team is dedicated and an important part of our culture at AU. We do not have a competitive baseball team however; just a club team. I think this could use some more investment.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms are adequate. There are kitchens, good facilities, hangout rooms in dorms. THe cost is a little high, and RAs are a little invasive. However, the housing sign up process is convenient and residence life is helpful. I would recommend it.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Simple but Nice – The school is located in a remote environment which isolates students from much of the world. However, the freedom of expression and the promotion of student involvement and leadership in the school's management have helped breed independence and confidence in graduates.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: The hilly campus poses difficulties in finding convenient parking. Most students park their vehicles far from their housing. The little space available is always struggled for.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Alfred is in the middle of nowhere. If you want to go to Walmart everyday bring your own car. Or ride the bus which only goes to Hornell and seems to be inconveniently placed during all of my classes. Its a good thing I don't want to go any place.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: All of the people at Alfred are friendly so you won't have a hard time chatting anybody up. There are a ton of different styles because of all the majors afford. Classy looking business majors, tired looking engineers, and grungy art students.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Ade Vs Powell – So there are two dining halls on campus and everyone claims one is better then the other but whatever. I prefer Powell because it has breakfast in the morning but its not open on the weekends which sucks. If you're a vegetarian or like to eat on the healthier side then this is a good place for you. Its not the best food in the world but I miss sitting and talking to friends for hours over pizza.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I Love It Here – If I had the money I would even stay for the summers at Alfred. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. My friends are there, my art is there, and I don't have to make my own food. I have enjoyed all of my professor and classes. It just feels like home.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Strict Enough – Lately it seems that drinking has gotten out of hand, especially with the freshmen. I can't believe the number of students who are passed out and yet are still aloud to go to classes on Monday. Maybe the fines should be higher for being caught with alcohol while under age. I'm not so much against drinking but these kids need to learn responsibility.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Campus Events – I find the campus events pretty amazing. A new movie every Friday night for only $2. Comedians, bands, and performers are booked all the time for us to enjoy and they are usually free. For a couple of bucks towards a club or good cause there are late night dances and club events. So if you're underage or not a party goer like me then you don't have to worry about being stuck in the dorms with the amount of things to do for free.

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Chagmion Antoine
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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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