It's hard to explain exactly how diversity manifests itself at Alfred University. Certainly a school with a minority population of less than 10 percent can't claim to be all that diverse. However, anyone walking along Academic Alley today would see smiling faces from a variety of ethnicities and nationalities. Minority student groups bring an unmistakable vibrancy to campus life. It is fair to say that the small numbers of blacks, Latinos, and Asians that are on campus are well integrated into the campus community as a whole. Also, the admissions department has been fervently seeking to diversify the student body, and it shows.
The problem with diversity at Alfred is that there's just not enough of anyone here because there's just so few of everyone to begin with. Also, the surrounding area is overwhelmingly white and rural, so for minority students, most of whom arrive from urban areas like New York and Rochester, the culture shock can be alienating. Meal times on campus are still self-segregated. At the only dance club in town, half of Alfred's student population crams itself onto a tiny dance floor in a crisply defined yin-yang pattern. So Allegany County is no melting pot. The bottom line is that Alfred students have to substitute individuality for diversity. At Alfred, you're unique, just like everybody else.