Alfred, NY
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Reviews 525 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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4 College Junior

Computers: Always Access – There are a ton of computer labs on campus. There is at least one for each school and many for the engineering school. The only real issue is that the wireless sometimes goes out. This can be easily fixed by a call to ITS but they have very specific hours. The labs are spread out all over campus so no matter where you stay, you'll be close to a computer. Plus one library offers laptop rental.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Great Libraries – The facilities at Alfred are generally good. The Libraries in particular are full of helpful people and tons of books. They let you rent computers and headphone if you life. There is an on-campus gym with a decent array of machines and room for a good percentage of the student population. There are tons of campus activities mostly run by students and the Center for Career Development is great. Alfred is absolutely beautiful in every other aspect. The buildings are aesthetically pleasing at every turn.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Alfred is to many a home and a family. It is a small campus which means you get to know everyone if not by name at least by face. For the most part they are extremely friendly. The faculty will know you by name even if its been two years since you had a class with them, or even if you've never been in one of their classes. The clubs are great opportunities for leadership experience, and almost everyone is involved in either a club or a sport or both. The sports are important, and softball, football, swimming, skiing and equestrian do pretty well. Though it is a D3 school so we don't overemphasize the sports. The housing can be anything from really nice (Ann's House, Joel's House, some freshmen dorms) to no so nice (the suites). Its all about what you make of it. Some landlords aren't too great off campus, but there are some okay places as well.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Powell Vs Ade – Though it is debated, Powell tends to be held in higher esteem than Ade. The food is decent in the beginning of year but after four of five months you get tired of the same foods. They have been trying to make it better, buying from local farms and the student community garden. The company who provides the dining service is AVI. Overall it is better than some schools but not your mothers cooking. There are four of five places in town to get food, plus lots of places in Wellsville and Hornell. If you have a car you are better off. There are also places to cook in the upperclassmen dorms. A plus is the late night options open til 12 or later on weekdays and later on weekends.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The campus is small and very safe. You can go out alone at night without worrying about your safety. The local Police work closely with the schools public safety and rescue squad. However it is a university and things will happen once in a while.

5 College Senior

Facilities: The school is know for it's art and engineering programs. They are pretty high up on the list of the best. The greatest thing about the art program is you are not stuck in one medium, you are encourages and have the ability to try every thing there is to offer, and there is a much wider variety then most schools.

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: So, So – It's not extremely strict. Three strike rule with drugs/alc. then your kicked out. But RA's are relaxed and most of the campus smokes anyhow.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: &Quot;College&Quot; Quality, CHEEP – There are a decent number of apartments, very cheep, even to live on main street, but they can be very poor quality. Some landlords are great, some are horrible, most are decent to rent from.

The school does have seminars and offers a list of landlords who let them know what they have available.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of Personality – At Alfred University we have people from all different walks of life. Here it is clear to see the variety of economic background, from the well of to the below average seem to all be here and share common interest. The political views are not so simple to spot but one will find that there are people here that stray from the norm and are not republican or democrat. There are some African Americans, Asians and Latinos but their number is very small in comparison to Caucasians.It is overall diverse in personality but not in race.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permits are expensive. There are never any open spots near where I live. However there is a lot of parking, just a good distance away. Public Safety is very anal about giving out tickets.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife at Alfred is pretty repetitive. Its usually the same people having parties with the same people. Parties usually end around 12 or 1 and most people go to Gentlemen Jim's, which is a nightclub located in Alfred.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletic Facilities Are Very Poor – the available athletics facilities are not up to modern standard.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: the restaurants off campus offer nice and comfortable place for dinning but very expensive and scare students away from it.

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Off-Campus Dining: They're pretty good. The prices are not too bad. The Terra Cotta Coffee House has a wide variety and different things to try.

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Off-Campus Dining: If you are looking for a great ethnic dish, nothing will beat the Thai curry at Café Za. Want a great sandwich? Alfred Sub & Pizza Shop is the place (if you are adventurous, go for the peanut butter milkshake, but anyone familiar with the side effects of White Castle will know the after effects of the shake). If you are truly adventurous, I challenge you to eat four suicide hot wings without begging for your life to be taken, but I digress.

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Off-Campus Dining: The Terra Cotta Coffee House has become a fast favorite-their drinks, food, and atmosphere can't be beat, but they're a little pricey. D.P. Dough is a late-night favorite, and they deliver.

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Off-Campus Dining: The food in town can be pretty limiting, because if you go out often, you will be going to the same places over and over again and will get sick of it. Hornell has major chains like Pizza Hut, Burger King, and Friendly's, but that's not anything to rave about, either.

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Off-Campus Dining: Za, Nana's, and the Terra Cotta. I'd actually say that Alfred's pretty good, and even the Jet. It tastes great for what it is.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a couple decent places off campus to eat. The Jet is good for if you have a few bucks and want something that's not dining hall food. It's also good for hanging out in a booth with a large group of people, drinking coffee for a few hours, though it was better when you could still smoke inside. Nana's is a nice little Japanese restaurant, run by Nana, the sweetest little woman. It is great food and really good for you. She does have short open hours, though.

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Off-Campus Dining: There's a greasy spoon called the Collegiate on Main Street that I love the breakfast at, but not everyone likes diner food. Café Za has surprisingly excellent food, but it is extremely slow, so only go if you're prepared to take your time. Nana's is the other surprise in Alfred; it's a Japanese café and the food is amazing, but there can be a line at lunch.

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Local Atmosphere: It's quiet, there is not much to do, and it's not lively at all. Stay away from the dining hall food. There isn't really anything to visit unless you want to go out of town-Canada's not too far away.

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Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere in Alfred is great. There is another university, which means that each August, the population of the village (yes, village) of Alfred about triples. But the businesses cater to the students and the college lifestyle, and town events also are welcoming to students. Maybe it's because a lot of faculty and staff live in town that there is such a smooth border between the `towns and gowns.' There's not too much to visit right in Alfred, although the acquisition of Foster Lake gives a little more.

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Local Atmosphere: It's pretty quiet. It's nice because I like being alone in a learning environment. It could also be sort of isolating. I would say it's very friendly, but that goes with any small town. It's the same every day, so you get really cozy.

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Local Atmosphere: The town is small. There are a handful of restaurants and convenience stores for a town with one stop light. Don't come here for networking and local internships in the surrounding areas, but it is one of the safest towns in America I think. Alfred State is across the street, but the people and environment there are completely foreign to most AU students. Hornell is about 15 minutes away, with a Wal-Mart and major grocery chain based in Rochester. Rochester is the closest major metropolitan area with tons to do, but that drive is over an hour away, even if you wanted to go to a mall.

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Local Atmosphere: We're basically in the middle of nowhere. Though middle makes it sound too central. It's more like off on the far edge of nowhere. There's the state college across the road, but that's generally to be avoided. There's not really anything around except trees and cows.


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Chagmion Antoine
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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