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Alfred, NY
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1,884
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$27,794
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Campus Strictness: If they catch you and your parents aren't rich enough to get you out of trouble, you're screwed.

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Campus Strictness: Very. If they catch you with it, you're in the paper the next morning, your parents are being called, and you might get kicked out of school.

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Campus Strictness: From what I've experienced, I don't think they're very strict. I've never been caught and I don't know many people who have been. I think that getting caught doing harder drugs is so infrequent that it's really not a problem. I don't think the University is `cracking down' really.

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Campus Strictness: They're not very strict because it's not really a problem on campus. People do it in the privacy of their own homes. I know there's a three strikes and your out policy in the dorms, but people don't go nuts on campus.

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Academics: The teachers at Alfred all seem to know their stuff. They have worked in their fields and bring in real world experience.

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Academics: The teachers are all wonderful. They are all extremely knowledgeable in their fields, and because it's a university, they have to keep up on their research as well, which means you are exposed to the most current info in the field of study. And plus, the professors are all very personable. They welcome students who need/want help or just want to talk. They always have time for you, and they hope to know each student as an individual. Classes are even more interesting because professors know the students so well-it's a small student-to-teacher ratio.

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Academics: For the most part, the teachers are friendly, and even the more demanding ones still seem to personally care about the students. The classes aren't too demanding, except for a rare few, and getting an `A' is never impossible, unlike at some other more renowned schools. Classes can be interesting in the liberal arts school. Most of the classes you will take are required for a major or to complete your general requirements. Some classes can be really boring though, and I've had my share of boring classes.

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Academics: The teachers are kind of a toss-up. There are a lot of really cool, interesting professors, but then a lot of average or below average professors, too. But you can usually figure out pretty quickly which professors to take classes from by asking the upperclassmen and trial and error.

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Academics: I find my classes very interesting. The teachers are great! Some of them are like your best friends, and others are like parents away from home.

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Academics: I think the professors that I liked were very dedicated to the students and were not afraid to tell you something sucked or that it was horrible, so they understood.

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Academics: They're very available to everybody. And you could always meet up with them for lunch or stay late and talk. They're just very personable.

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Academics: All of the teachers at Alfred are down-to-earth and approachable. I never felt like I couldn't ask to meet with a professor to discuss something. They were even open to discussing projects that were not class related. The classes in my field of study were interesting. It was kind of hard getting through some of the courses that you had absolutely no interest in but had to take to fill some requirement.

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Academics: Sometimes, they're attentive. Some of them are caring and funny.

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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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Guys & Girls: They're cool. It depends on what you are into. There's someone for everyone since there's another school across the street.

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Guys & Girls: Because it's such a small school, there's tends to be a cliquey atmosphere. Engineers will hang out together and so forth. It doesn't make it hard to approach them, it just makes them kind of inaccessible. For instance, if you don't go to their kind of parties, you have to go find them.

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Guys & Girls: Upperclassmen are definitely much better groomed than underclassmen. I would say the art boys are probably the best looking. If you're a certain type of girl, you might say business students.

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Guys & Girls: Art-student girls are definitely the best looking. I'd say the girls are a lot more available. I think they're a lot more open as well (moving within the disciplines).

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Guys & Girls: I found that it was hard to find smart guys. We have really creative guys in the art department, but not very smart. We have really smart guys in the CEMs department, but we didn't really associate with them. I think it was a pretty segregated campus for being so small.

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Guys & Girls: The guys are interesting, they're just corny. They just try too hard. They're not really my style. I prefer the guys over at State. There's a lot of intermingling between Alfred State and Alfred University. The girls can be cliquey and real gossipy.

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Athletics: Sports are not big on campus, though most people play them. The teams are bad to mediocre.

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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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