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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.

2 College Freshman

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

3 College Freshman

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

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: 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

Campus Quality: This is an art school; there is art everywhere.


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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
Campus Size
600 acres
Student Centers
Arthur and Lea Powell Campus Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Herrick Memorial Library
  • Scholes Library
Popular Places to Chill
Arthur and Lea Powell Campus Center
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
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.
  • 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
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
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 27 responses

Very poor
  • 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)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 12 responses

  • 25% Hot Dog Day Weekend
  • 17% Midnight Breakfast
  • 17% Senior Shows
  • 14% Decorating the King Alfred Statue
  • 11% Dance Concert
  • 3% Playfair
  • 3% The Alfies
  • 3% None of these are the least bit entertaining
  • 3% Sporting Events
  • 3% Grad shows
  • 3% Gallery openings
  • 0% AIDS Charity Basketball Game

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 18% Go to the gum
  • 15% Attend plays and musicals
  • 15% Hangout with friends
  • 9% Make art
  • 9% Spending time outside, enjoying the scenery
  • 6% Play basketball
  • 6% Spend time at Hairpin on nice days
  • 6% Going to the Gym
  • 6% Get food
  • 6% Study
  • 3% Parties
  • 3% Explore the tree houses throughout campus woods

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 13 responses

  • 23% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 38% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 31% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 8% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 26 responses

  • 27% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 50% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 15% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 8% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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