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Reviews 426 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: THE DORMS – I really hate the dorm at Alfred university. They have RA'S that want to treat you like children, and dirty people who can't clean u after themselves on the weekends the restrooms are horrible. On the weekends there is nothing to do but the the same things over and over again. Since so many people are local they go home dont he weekends making the school feel lonely.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Alfred is so small I feel safe no matter what. I am out and about two three even four in the morning without any worry. Crime in Alfred?? Never even really hear about any of that stuff.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Coming from Los Angeles I'm accustomed to dining at amazing restaurants. I love food international cuisines are my favorite. Alfred extremely lacks places to eat. You really have to hunt down if you want anything fancy and even then you have to drive miles away.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: There is only one bus that runs to Hornell Daily to take students to the supermarket. No other need for transportation.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: AU Housing Options – The pine hill suites are nice and comfortable, but you have to walk up a big hill. The upper class apartments are bigger and more conveniently located. Isolated living at on campus houses is also an option. Many students move off campus after two years.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: my father lost his job and I'm not directly dealing with the process myself but I haven't been able to receive any more aid since then. I want work study but I can't seem to get it. I'm working on it.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: You Just Have You Learn to Enjoy the Outdoors – all weather is beautiful. people are just bad at enduring when the going gets a little rough. it gets very cold and it is very windy. it is usually cloudy. when it is sunny, the entire atmosphere of campus changes. everyone is ecstatic and everyone is outdoors enjoying themselves. it really is a beautiful thing to experience.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Very close knit and friendly community. the organic grocery store is fantastic. there are other good food places. the local coffee shop has an open mic night and everything is in walking distance. lots of visiting artists and random events.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Always Available, Never Hindering the Academic Experience – If you want something, it is there. If you don't, you would hardly know anyone deleves into it. In a place like Alfred, it is recreational. I would say there is zero peer pressure, but I am sure in some small circles there is.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: A Gem Hidden Away Upstate – Alfred University has the prescence of an Ivy League School tucked away in a small valley in Upstate New York. Program offered range from Chinese to Equine Studies. Focus remains in the Art and Engineering programs, but recent accreditdation for the Business School and additions to the Performing Art Infastructure make them valid candidates for strongest program. The class size always puts you on a personal level with professors and the small-town atmosphere, makes it inevitable that you see them outside of class. People, professors and students alike, gravitate to Alfred because they are serious about their subjects and want the time to delve into them. I was surprised how often I would find out that a professor was recently publishing a book, a major scienctific article or showing their art in places like the MOMA in NYC.

1 College Senior

Diversity: I think...maybe, just maybe...there are more Asians from overseas here than black people.

1 College Senior

Weather: You're gonna be cold, man. Some freshmen come to this school excited for snow and can't wait until the first snowfall. They will leave this place with a very different opinion.

Admissions will tell you not to worry about the snow because there are heated sidewalks. This is mostly a lie. Only certain sidewalks are heated, and they're probably not where you live.

If you aren't somewhat fond of winter, you probably shouldn't come here. It's not a happy place.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are a few good looking girls and a few good looking guys but overall, I'd give the campus a 6/10. The dress is interesting and it varies as there are many art students and many engineers. Boys are sex crazy as usual but so are the girls. You'll find mostly country types, city types, and a few crazies.

4 College Junior

Technology: 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

Campus Quality: 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 Food: 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

Campus Quality: 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

Administration: 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

Party Scene: 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.


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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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