Facilities

Location
Alfred, NY
Undergrads
1,884
Tuition
$27,794
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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2 College Freshman

Facilities: foundation program is unlike any other. not necessarily in a good way

3 College Freshman

Facilities: the gym sucks. Not big enough, not enough space or machines

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are not many unique things that set Alfred Univeristy apart from other schools. The performing arts buildings are one thing that does. Everyone in the univerity is helpful and it has a family feeling for campus life. The Engineering, arts and business programs for a small university are great programs.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: This is an art school; there is art everywhere.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: for having so much stuff on campus, they did a really excellent job making the place look so beautiful. If anything was really a miss it was budget usage. We have buildings that were literally falling apart or falling off a cliff, but " no money" to fix it, but we had money to build two brand new performing arts buildings, both of which get used maybe 50 percent of the school session. Meanwhile they removed entire majors, including Electrical engineering, one of the most basic ground work engineering majors, because the school has some apparent hole of debt (aka deep pockets of the board of trustees). I imagine most schools have this problem though, and with that aside, it was a really beautiful place to be, the valley of insanity, where the earth meets the sky.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 169th
    Best Library
  • 264th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 331st
    Greenest Campuses
  • 688th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 759th
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chagmion Antoine
Hometown
Bronx, N.Y.
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The facilities on campus seem to be similar to that of many other campuses. We have new and old buildings. The best part about the old buildings is that they are reminiscent of times long past, as many have a medieval feel. There is even a castle on campus. Many think the gyms need to be modernized, and this is true to some extent, but a better alternative is to build a new one. The Davis Gym houses the oldest indoor track in the nation and stands as a testament to the days of dumbbells and medicine balls. Most are willing to put up with this in order to keep a vital piece of 1920s American history around.

There are two libraries on campus, which should more than fill your need for information. Both libraries are situated toward the middle of campus, so it doesn't matter which side of campus you live on. If you're looking for something to do on the weekend, there is always a movie to catch in the Nevins Theater. It is located in the Arthur and Lea Powell Campus Center. Some of the newest movies are shown every Friday and Saturday night for a steal. 

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
85
Campus Size
600 acres
Student Centers
Arthur and Lea Powell Campus Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Herrick Memorial Library
  • Scholes Library
Popular Places to Chill
Arthur and Lea Powell Campus Center
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
None, but Terra Cotta Coffeehouse is located on Main Street near campus.
Movie Theater on Campus
Nevins Theater in the Powell Campus Center features current movies.
School Slang
  • Art stars: Snide reference to teachers' pets in the art school
  • Big Ugly: Extremely unattractive but tasty hamburger-hotdog
  • CDC: Career Development Center
  • CE: Ceramic engineer
  • Fab shop: The metal shop
  • Glassholes: Glassblowers
  • Hot shop: The glassblower's shop
  • Pixel pushers: Design students
  • Smartists: The BA/FA students
  • Steinheim: Castle-like structure that houses the CDC
  • Suicide wings: Buffalo chicken wings of extremely spicy nature
  • Underwear: A bronze cast underwear installation in Powell Campus Center
  • Uni: The Uni-Mart 24-hour convenience store
  • Vaginas: "The Vagina Monologues" comes to campus every year.
Traditions
  • AIDS Charity Basketball Game: This is one sporting event at Alfred that brings out a crowd. Every year, teams from AU and Alfred State compete against each other to raise money for victims of HIV. It really is a feel-good event and an opportunity for any unknown "ballers" to come out and show their stuff.
  • The Alfies: It's the premiere awards show event on the Alfred University campus. OK, so it's the only awards show on campus, but it's the University's very own. Each year in Harder Hall, the University gives out awards specially tailored to the Alfred community. The University splurges on classy hors d'oeuvres, and students arrive dressed to impress on a red carpet. It's meant to be a light-hearted event, but sometimes the stakes get pretty high.
  • Dance Concert: The Dance Concert is held yearly at the end of the fall and spring semesters. The show features student-choreographed dances ranging in style from ballet to hip-hop. Any student can volunteer to dance or choreograph a dance. Many students perform in more than one dance.
  • Decorating the King Alfred Statue: In the midst of campus, there is a bronze statue of the University's symbol and mascot, the revered Saxon, King Alfred. Lauded for his accomplishments in reviving education throughout medieval Europe, he is also a prime target for pranksters. Students like to put things like beer cans in his benevolently outstretched hand and garnish his crown with toilet paper, rotten fruit, and so forth.
  • Hot Dog Day Weekend: If you can imagine a Labor Day parade running headlong into an Octoberfest celebration, you should have a pretty good idea of what Hot Dog Day is all about. Every spring, the town comes out for an entire weekend of drinking, games, and pork products. Craft booths line the Main Street, as well as games and rides. Hot Dog Day is also the premiere weekend for poor decision-making and random hookups. It's as though the whole town says, "To hell with it-school's almost over anyway!"
  • Midnight Breakfast: During finals week, Ade Dining Hall opens its doors at midnight. Students weary from studying flock to Ade to eat, relax, and hang out. WALF FM, the campus radio station, supplies tunes, and as an added bonus, your favorite teachers serve up the grub!
  • Playfair: During orientation week, all of the freshmen are summoned together for icebreakers and activities. Once they have sufficiently bonded, they are divided by residence halls and pitted against each other in the Freshman Olympics. It sounds cheesy. It is cheesy, but where else will you ever be able to scream, "I want a standing ovation!" and get one?!
  • Senior Shows: Harder Hall is completely transformed from a smoke-belching art factory into a spectacular gallery space. Students, faculty, parents, and visitors come from all over to wander through five floors of exhibitions. The halls are also lined with tables of free wine, cheese, and hors d'oeuvres, but it's nice to think people come for the culture.
Urban Legends
  • Playboy ranked AU the ugliest campus in America.
  • The Brick is haunted.
Favorite Things To Do
Alfred students love a diversion, and they respond enthusiastically to campus events. Any type of artistic spectacle is always well attended. Theater and dance performances usually sell out. Senior Shows in the School of Art & Design (Harder Hall) is the biggest campus-wide event and draws people from all over. There are also more than 100 clubs and organizations on campus, and new ones are formed every year. Some of the most popular organizations are Student Activities Board, the Fiat Lux, AUTV, Disc, and Habitat for Humanity.

Lots of people like to kill time in Powell Campus Center. You can grab a bite and check your email. There's also a big-screen TV downstairs by the mailroom. Students frequently hook their game systems up to it. Generally, Alfred forces you to invent new pastimes. At Alfred, if you're bored, you're not boring—you're normal—but that just means you have to challenge your creative facilities.
Student Newspaper
Fiat Lux
www.thefiatlux.com
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 16 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 17 responses

  • 6% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 29% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 29% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 35% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 15 responses

  • 13% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 60% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 20% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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