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Alfred, NY
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1,884
Tuition
$27,794
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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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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Local Atmosphere: The town of Alfred is like no other. The history of the town and the surrounding areas is interesting to say the least. However, a person can feel at home there quickly because of the small community. If you leave and come back, somehow it's like you never left. Stay away from the woods at night, because they're haunted. Also, stay away from scary football players with beer. Instead, visit the beautiful scenery and sights during the day and the unique little shops and restaurants.

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Local Atmosphere: There's a two-year state school across the way, and state boys are something to stay away from! Definitely check out the Op Shop, it's a thrift store run by a local church group, open Tuesdays 2 p.m.-5 p.m. The only place to buy groceries that you can walk to is Kinfolk, a tiny organic grocery with an amazing selection and great staff. Pizza night at Pollywogg Holler can be fun, but it can also end up feeling more like a college theme bar than a beautiful hideaway in the woods. I recommend trying it in the winter when most people won't be out there.

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Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere in Alfred is very friendly and calm. SUNY Alfred State is right across the street from us. Stay away from skunks and deer unless you want to be on one of those

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Local Atmosphere: I've never been in the South, but I almost felt like it was a small, Southern town. Slow and friendly and everybody knows your business; just kind of quaint.

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Local Atmosphere: Is there stuff to visit? No. Coming from a city-no, there just isn't.

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Guys & Girls: I felt like there were two different kinds of girls on campus. There was that artsy hippie type and the flirty sorority girl.

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Guys & Girls: Can't help you on the guys. I was busy checking out the women, then after the first five minutes was over . . . The women and men are varied. It seems that every year it gets better. I think because you get so tired of seeing the same people, you want the next bunch to be prettier!

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Guys & Girls: Well, Alfred is not known for the outstanding attractiveness of its students unless you go for the atypical look. With a large art school, a rural woody location, and an acceptance of pretty much anything, Alfred's population can get interesting. There are attractive people; you just may have to look a bit harder. But at least they're not all carbon copies of each other.

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Guys & Girls: The people in Alfred are not hot at all. The guys and girls are mostly overweight or are all plain janes/johns. When I first came to Alfred, I was surprised to find such ugly people.

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Guys & Girls: All the cute boys sleep around, and if they're not sleeping around, they're stupid. But if you are ugly, it is a great place to meet another ugly person and fall in love, and have the possibility to have good-looking children.

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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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