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4 College Freshman

Local Area: If you like small towns, a close knit community. The people are very sweet around here and the woods are beautiful to be

near. Always seeing deer and small animals .

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 Freshman

Local Area: I enjoy it here because of the small town life- it reminds me of home

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The town of Alfred is very small, and unless you have a car, you won't really be able to go anywhere. The locals are really nice though, and you will definitely get to know them.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The local attitude towards students is mixed. Local business try to be nice because they know we are their bread and butter. It is hard to get a job in town because we are college students. Basically the college is a local attraction and it provides most of the cultural events/events in town.There really is't much to do in town on a regular basis. The safety is good.


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Allegany County, one of the poorest counties in the nation, is a place of heartbreaking poverty and breathtaking beauty. A chain of intimate towns, many of which are trailer parks, dot the lush valleys of Western New York. Although the nearby cities of Buffalo and Rochester offer a hint of something urban, the general feeling is overwhelmingly rural. For a lot of "city slickers," the rolling hills and open sky are a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. It can certainly be too quiet at times.

The town of Alfred itself is comprised of professors, blue-collar families, and a ghetto of graduate students. Despite a tepid but ongoing rivalry with Alfred State College, which lies across the valley, the general feeling in town is calm and friendly.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Alfred was a station on the Underground Railroad.
  2. Ceramics are big in Alfred because of the rich clay deposits in the soil.
  3. The region is also known as the "Valley of the Insane."
  4. The Seneca Native Americans once revered the area as sacred ground.
Notable Natives
Bill Pullman – actor
Local Slang
Pop: What a Western New Yorker calls soda
Points of Interest
  • Alfred State College
  • Box of Books
  • Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art
Shopping Centers
The Marketplace Mall (Rochester)
Movie Theaters
Dipson Hornell Theater
190 Main St.
(607) 324-4129
Major Sports Teams
  • Buffalo Bills: NFL
  • Buffalo Sabres: NHL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Binghamton, N.Y.: : 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Buffalo, N.Y.: : 2 hours
  • Erie, Pa.: : 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • New York City: : 5 hours, 45 minutes
  • Rochester, N.Y.: : 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Toronto: : 3 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 25 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 8% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 44% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 48% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 25 responses

  • 64% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 36% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Totally.
  • 44% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 56% No way.


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