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Reviews 571 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: There's no Greek Life at Alfred University, officially. They were banned when kids started dying during hazing rituals.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Alfred University offered a great package (my attendance of college would be impossible without aid). Those that have a high enough GPA are eligible for the Presidential Scholarship, which helps immensely.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Accounting is a great major so far. I love the coursework and have enjoyed the professors. They're personable, reasonable, and always ready to help students. The workload is manageable to those who put in honest effort.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The university is kept very clean and the buildings are mostly up to date. There are two libraries on campus which have great hours, and spaces available 24/7 for students.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's a small town setting, so there are not shopping malls to speak of. There is a bigger town about twenty minutes away which offers a bunch of shopping options, so there are places to buy necessities.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I don't know of any policies that affect my life personally. The university allows students to make their own way largely, unless they're about to flunk out.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are some parties here and there. Some weekends are pretty void of nightlife, though. When that's the case, I simply hang out with friends.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Alfred, but with that said people often say Alfred is what you make out of it. I co-founded the quidditch, joined the student senate, and the honors program. I have also traveled with the environmental studies department to the Bahamas to spend a week at a research center. There is a great sense of community at Alfred, you will get lots of hellos as you walk to class. With that said if all you do is stay in your dorm room then you won't enjoy Alfred.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not into watch sports at all so I can't give an accurate description.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: They totally changed the dinning plan, and not it's extremely confusing and difficult to eat where you want to eat. I'm not even going to try to explain since I am now off the meal plan, but it is a hassle.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Permits are a bit expensive, and all the close parking spots are hard to grab. Everything is really close however so most people just walk and only have their cars to get home and to the grocery store.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They are pretty much strict about all the things you think they would be about; drugs, alcohol, noise, cleanliness, parking, and curfew. You can't be in certain academic building after a period of time or you will get in trouble. They are a little to strict with noise, but I understand why. Everything else is pretty average and well enforced. Cleanliness is there, for fire safety reasons, and communal cleaning of the bathrooms and kitchen. You don't have to clean it yourself there is a janitor, but have respect and not being completely disrespectful is expected of you.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are apartments to rent all over in the neighborhood right next to the school. I live on campus and I have never checked out any off campus housing so I'm going with my best guess.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Personally I think it's just enough. There is Japanese, Chinese, a diner, Italian, a coffee shop, and a more formal restaurant. The Japanese restaurant has a meal plan you can purchase yourself. Prices are nice and low and very convenient because there is only one street running through school, and it's right there. Nana's is the definitely the place to go!

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sometimes public safety is a little over eager. For example, they'll give cars tickets even though they have the right permits to be there. Everyone is really caring, and I've never felt threatened once on campus. Crime is rarely seen.

College Sophomore

Transportation: I have my own vehicle so I do not use any school transportation. I have driven the school vans before when my classes have gone on field trips, they were nice and clean.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Price of printing is great, labs are almost always have space, and speed is fine when running. Wireless sucks unless your in a library or a either net cord. Personal computers are just great purely for convenience, one can be supplied for you. You don't really need a printer.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Cost is a little much. Location wise, it depends on where you choose to live so that varies. Laundry is free, there are kitchens and snack machines. Suites are the worst housing option, then "freshman" dorms, and then it's all kind of personal preference after that. Apartments and specialty housing are the best, they also have additional amenities that are much nicer. Social atmosphere depends on who is living in your living area, friendly people are going to be friendly, shy people are going to hole up in their rooms. Housing process changed recently and become much more of a difficulty than before. I live in specialty housing though so I don't have to worry about the lottery, because you are either in or not.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People are going to drink and smoke, there is no question and you can't fight it. I do know people who use heavier drugs, but no one here is ridiculous about it. We have the occasional moron or two, but the police force is pretty good at keeping things on a calmer level. There is no peer pressure whatsoever. I shown up to parties without drinking or smoking before, during, and after and nobody cares. Usage that makes a presence is only really visible on weekends. Normally you see people walking from house to house. If the weather is nicer at night people sometimes get a little more excited.

College Sophomore

Weather: Weather in Alfred is a little unpredictable. We are at a higher elevation, which causes weather to become slightly erratic when fronts move through. It can be 60 and sunny one day, and 30 and snowing the next. (Like this week actually) It would depend on preference, and honestly if you let weather hinder whether or not you want to go outside or not is something I can't answer. Personally, I don't care either way I like all kinds of weather.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a large, and much needed, scholarship from Alfred University. It was based on my academics, which I have to uphold to keep my scholarships. I almost have a complete full ride. The staff working in financial aid a very helpful, though sometimes there have been a few problems. Nothing is perfect.

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College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet. I am looked to obtain one during the next summer. I began looked for internships this school year, but since I decided on my major after my sophomore fall semester I am lacking a bit of knowledge to be accepted into the internships.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I truly love Alfred University. I'm a geology major with a environmental science and music minors. From professors, classes, and peers I feel that I can explore every aspect of every interest I could ever have. I wouldn't trade my time here for anything. Everyone is really helpful, kind, and open to ideas. If you want to get creative you can.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Public safety does well in keeping everything in order.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I like numerous things about this place, the community is a big part.


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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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