Alfred University

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School Overview

Alfred University, located in the Village of Alfred in Western New York, has a total annual enrollment of approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 300 graduate students. The university is home to five academic schools and colleges, but it is best known for its arts and engineering programs.

Although Seventh Day Baptists established the school in 1836, it is not affiliated with any particular religious group. In its early days, Alfred University was unusual in two ways: it was co-educational, and it was racially integrated. In the 1850s, two Native American students and the university’s first African-American student enrolled at Alfred University. The university was the second in the U.S. to embrace racial integration.

Over the years, artists, guest lecturers, and musicians ranging from rapper Ghostface Killah to poet Ralph Waldo Emerson have visited Alfred University. In April 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton (First Lady from 1993-2001) visited the campus while campaigning to become a United States senator.

Alfred University is also known for working with the State of New York and Coming Incorporated to help create Ceramics Corridor, an incubation program that seeks to generate new jobs via the high-tech ceramics industry. Ceramics Corridor is unique in the U.S. as the only industrial development program located in a rural area of the country and the only one that focuses on one specific area of technology.

General Information

Admission Office

Alumni Hall

One Saxon Drive

Alfred, NY 14802-1205

(607) 871-2115

(800) 541-9229

Fax: (607) 871-2198

Contact: Jeremy Spencer

Director of Admissions
Main Address

One Saxon Drive

Alfred, NY 14802-1205

(607) 871-2111

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,906


Rural setting

Rural community (under 2,500)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 76%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $23,162 $24,278 $25,246 $25,976 +2.89%
Books and Supplies $900 $900 $950 $1,000 +5.26%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $10,384 $10,796 $11,174 $11,364 +1.70%
Other $1,200 $1,400 $1,500 $1,550 +3.33%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $35,646 $37,374 $38,870 $39,890 +2.62%
In-state Off Campus $24,062 $25,178 $26,196 $26,976 +2.98%
In-state with Family $24,062 $25,178 $26,196 $26,976 +2.98%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $34,294
In-state Student Fees $880
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $34,294
Out-of-state Fees $880

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 479 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 478 95% $6,749,066 $14,119
• Federal grants 160 32% $704,854 $4,405
• Pell grants 160 32% $511,125 $3,195
• Other federal grants 160 32% $193,729 $1,211
State/local government grant or scholarships 245 49% $640,782 $2,615
Institutional grants or scholarships 478 95% $5,403,430 $11,304
Student loan aid 374 75% $2,747,314 $7,346
• Federal student loans 368 73% $1,855,602 $5,042
• Other student loans 248 49% $891,712 $3,596

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 414 210 8 35
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 12
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 12
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 45 14
Accounting 13
Business Administration and Management 22 14
Finance 3
Marketing/Marketing Management 7
Communication and Journalism Programs 10
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 10
Computing and Information Sciences
Computer and Information Sciences
Education 14 146 14
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 81 14
Education, Other 3
Elementary Education and Teaching 14
Reading Teacher Education 62
Engineering 58 15 1
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 5 1
Ceramic Sciences and Engineering 11 6
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 11 3
Engineering, Other 5 2
Materials Engineering 9 3 1
Mechanical Engineering 17
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 11
English Language and Literature 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature 2
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 6
Athletic Training/Trainer 6
History 7
History 7
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 7
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 7
Human Services
Community Organization and Advocacy
Public Administration
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 6
General Studies
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 6
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Mathematics and Statistics 9
Mathematics 9
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 5
Biological and Physical Sciences 1
Gerontology 1
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
International/Global Studies 2
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 7
Environmental Studies 7
Physical Sciences 18
Chemistry 9
Geology and Earth Science 5
Physics 4
Psychology 44 19 7 21
Psychology 44
School Psychology 19 7 21
Social Sciences 24
Political Science and Government 13
Sociology 11
Visual and Performing Arts 129 16
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 107 7
Commercial and Advertising Art 4
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 4
Fine/Studio Arts 18
Sculpture 5

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Ceramics B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B


Biomedical Engineering B
Ceramic Sciences/Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Glass Science Engineering B
Materials Engineering B
Materials Science B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Gerontology B
Intercultural/Multicultural/Diversity Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Alfred University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(607) 871-2111
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Address:One Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802-1205
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:2,390
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):62%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:2,290 (96% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$27,078
Out-of-state Tuition:$27,078
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$19,309

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Alfred University Programs

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services42
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
English Language and Literature/Letters1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics2
Health Professions and Related Programs111
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities2
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies3
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences3
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences2
Visual and Performing Arts43
Grand total338163

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

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Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,300

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid452100%
Grant or scholarship aid452100%$19,309
Student loan aid38285%$8,178

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid1,804100%$17,976
Federal student loans1,39877%$6,843

Admissions & Enrollment

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Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants3,8972,0061,891
Percent admitted100%64%61%
Percent admitted who enrolled11%12%9%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Alfred University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment2,390
Undergraduate enrollment1,815
Graduate enrollment575

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Alfred University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • School Psychology (SCPSYD) - PsyD Doctoral programs
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs

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