Location
Alfred, NY
Undergrads
1,884
Tuition
$27,794
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depending on what dorm you live in, it can either be really nice or really crappy.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Although a small town, there are still quite a few options: Pizza, sandwiches, subs, coffee shop, Chinese, Japanese, Cafe, restaurant, gas station mart, etc

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Some of the dorms/apartments are nice, some are horrible. The suites are disgusting and really far away. Ann's House and Joel's house are also really far away, but they're really big and clean and great. Then there's everything in between. You just have to sacrifice some aspects of your housing for the qualities you really desire.

2 College Senior

Weather: The saying goes "The Alfred Sun only comes out once a week". It refers to the town newspaper, "The Alfred Sun", that only comes out on Sundays, but the saying is true in relation to the weather too. Winters are very cold. It's always snowing, but never accumulating. In the spring, it rains more than you ever though possible. The autumn is gorgeous and perfect though!

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Alfred it so tiny, there's nothing dangerous about it. We occasionally get an email about an "assault" that occurred the previous night, but usually it was just some drunk girl overreacting about a guy talking to her.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The football team/program is a little over-rated and obnoxious, but there are a ton of other sports teams on campus that are really great. The equestrian program has a great facility up the hill, and our sports center on campus just got a big, new addition to it.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Alfred University doesn't have any sort of Greek life, and I like it that way. Alfred State (across the street) does though, and we mostly just think they're dirty and obnoxious.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Everything is very diverse, accept for the political views. I would definitely say that most of the students are liberal. Which is funny, because the campus is located in a very conservative part of New York.

3 College Senior

Transportation: It's "bad", but also unnecessary. The campus is tiny, so you'll never need transportation to get anywhere in town. You can easily walk anywhere in Alfred in less than 15min. However, because it's so small, to get groceries and things you have to go to Hornell (which is 20min away). Alfred does have a daily shuttle for these trips, but I've never used it so I have no idea how it works. Usually, people get a big group together and carpool.

3 College Senior

Computers: Were going through a bit of an updating period, so it's getting a lot better, but a few years ago, the internet and the computers available were the worst.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Lots of people think there's a big drug scene because of the art school, but it's actually pretty mellow. The parties on main street get a little obvious, but other than that, uses are often restricted to private parties or the bars.

5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: So long as you're not obnoxious about it and force them to take action, the authorities are really chill. You just have to be discrete and respectful. After a while, you learn all the ins and outs: when you can park in certain restricted places without getting in trouble, what time of day you can have alcohol in the buildings without anyone noticing, etc.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Last year I was unable to get a job because I had no car and there is no public transportation of any sort offered from school to the bigger town of Hornell. Just to save money on school stuff and to go shopping for food and supplies without going broke in town required paying another classmate gas money and having them pile a bunch of us in the car so we could all shop for the week.The lack of an occasional "citibus" into Hornell or anywhere gave me this sense of being trapped and hopeless. Not being dramatic.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Most of the college year is very cold and usually snowy. It is beautiful but it does limit my outside experiences because I am not a winter sport kind of person.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There are rules and there is punishment if they are broken if you get caught. Most people on campus know the simple little things to do to avoid getting caught. Whether the college likes to admit to it or not, underage drinking is pretty prevalent on campus. Its not such a big deal because most students try to be responsible.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: My most frustrating thing about the computer issue was that when I was preparing to come here freshmen year it was implied that a mac would be best and it was stated that a printer was needed for every student and neither of those statements are true. I get scholarships because I fall in to the needs based category here at the college. I couldn't afford or expect my mom to get me an apple. She managed to get me a laptop. The money that she spent on the useless printer could have been spent on something else that was truly important.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I appreciate the presence of security on campus and I have needed to use it recently. It is hard when you are being threatened by another student on campus and you fear that any reporting of it will cause further retaliation from that person. That is why i feel better knowing there are security cameras and now I make sure to stay in their sight. I do feel safer knowing that security isnt that far away.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local attitude towards students is mixed. Local business try to be nice because they know we are their bread and butter. It is hard to get a job in town because we are college students. Basically the college is a local attraction and it provides most of the cultural events/events in town.There really is't much to do in town on a regular basis. The safety is good.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The education offered is amazing . The teachers are great. The workload gets to be a bit much sometimes which does affect my grades. I need to work to go here and besides a work study job I also have a pt job in Hornell so it does get difficult sometimes. I love the art building. It is a shame that it isnt open all of the time anymore due to a few losers.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I understand that the college needs to make money but I dont think the cost of the dorms every year are worth it. I am currently in a single and I can hear very clearly my neighbor having sex. The buildings are old. My last roommate was a drug addict and had other people sleeping in my bed half the time. I couldnt stay with her but didnt want to turn her in because I was a freshmen and didnt want to get a reputation. I ended up sleeping in someone elses room and basically paid for my room so she could have a giant room to herself.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are many drugs at school and if it isnt illegal drugs than there is the whole prescription drug issue. Many kids have anti anxiety drugs nowadays and many of them abuse them. Pot and alcohol are the biggest issues on campus. I dont think to many people abuse either.I think it is just an outlet for blowing off steam and a reason for people to gather to unload.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Some places are good and unique but a little costlier. Some are just there for the poor college kid, for example the cardboard pizza shop. I guess for such a small town the amount of places to eat is pretty high and the food is pretty good. It is such a small town though and although it can be good to know everyone when you go out to eat and relax that sometimes it would be great to be anonymous.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are not a sport school. I don't think anyone even gets a scholarship for sports here. It is a part of campus life though because there is not much to do around here and it does give us a boost of school spirit when we need it.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is somewhat diverse. The greatest part of mix tends is white, hispanic and black.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is limited and the only way to do it is with other people so it is like living on campus except it is better because I will have a kitchen and can stop wasting my money on the school food.

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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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