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3 College Freshman

Diversity: I've encountered all type of diversity on campus, not only in students, but also in staff.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Everything is very diverse, accept for the political views. I would definitely say that most of the students are liberal. Which is funny, because the campus is located in a very conservative part of New York.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is somewhat diverse. The greatest part of mix tends is white, hispanic and black.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Pretty diverse. some city kids, some suburb kids.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: not very diverse. the vast majority of kids come from upstate new york and from that area


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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.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 3%
18-19: 43%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 13%
25+: 6%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 8%
Native American: 0%
White: 83%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
GLBT students have a great support system at Alfred. Spectrum, the GLBT group, is a force to be reckoned with on campus. They throw a spectacular party called Glam Slam in Davis Gym every year. It's one of the most anticipated events of the school year.
Political Activity
Apathy is a big problem at AU. The campus is just so cut off from the outside world that nothing really seems to make an impact. There have been spurts of activity, however.
Economic Status
There certainly is economic diversity at Alfred. Most students at Alfred University receive some form of financial aid. This is one of the University's main selling points. Still, there are a good number of overprivileged underachievers (mostly in the liberal arts college—hey, someone had to say it!).
Most Common Religions
There are a few religious clubs, like Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, and St. Jude's Newman Club.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Although these groups make up a small part of the population, they are the most visible groups on campus. Poder Latino and Umoja have the biggest events. They also have the best food.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 53% Liberal
  • 5% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 32% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 18 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 39% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 22% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 18 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 18 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 20 responses

  • 50% Very accepting.
  • 40% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 10% It's hard to be a minority here.


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