About Us

Lighting the way for students since 1836

We've always been pioneers. Our unwavering commitment to independent thought, academic rigor, creativity, and the community has made us an educational leader since 1836.

The Alfred University Magic

  • 97% RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID

Nearly our entire student body receives some form of financial aid - mostly grants and scholarships.

  • 98% SUCCESS RATE

Within one year of graduation, 98% of our students land jobs or are enrolled in graduate school.

  • 13:1 STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO

Small class sizes mean individual attention - and more opportunities for growth.

The Alfred Advantage

At Alfred University, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means you'll have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the studio, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Caring Community

Our faculty and staff are respected not only for their knowledge and skills but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the AU community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.

Global Experience

The world really is a small place, and at Alfred University we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences that span continents, countries and states. We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how you fit in the global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.

Our Mission

Vision

Alfred University will be an innovative leader in the delivery of academic excellence and enduring educational value, preparing all students for success in their studies and throughout life.

Mission

The mission of Alfred University is to provide excellent quality and enduring value through academic and co-curricular programming that is both intellectually challenging and practically relevant. We are culturally diverse and student-centered and aim to serve an ever-changing student population. We seek students with the aspiration and dedication to do well for themselves and for their greater communities. Thus, we prepare our students with the knowledge, skills, and life-habits that will enable them to succeed and to live lives of continuous personal growth and service to others. These outcomes are achieved through a commitment, by the entire Alfred University community, to teaching and research, the pursuit of scientific and technical expertise, artistic creativity, and humanistic learning.

Values

At Alfred University, we value:

  • A learning environment that promotes an open exchange of ideas, critical thinking, global awareness, technological literacy, intellectual honesty, and community involvement;
  • A work environment that promotes open communication, recognition of achievement, and the development of personal potential;
  • Research and scholarship that advance the frontiers of knowledge, contribute to graduate and undergraduate teaching, and demonstrate creativity in all fields of endeavor;
  • Diversity in people and cultures, ideas and scholarship;
  • A campus that is safe, attractive, and promotes health and wellness;
  • A caring community that respects each individual, fosters intellectual curiosity and growth, promotes and models good citizenship, and encourages enlightened leadership.

What the Experts Say

Go beyond the glossy brochures and read what the outside experts say. You’ll find that the experts agree: Alfred University is a great place for you!

Best College Reviews ranked Alfred University in "The Top 50 Best Small Colleges 2017-2018," citing "...with graduates surveyed at an incredible 98 percent career outcomes rate, it’s not hard to see why Alfred is a top small school."

AU scored on par with or better than NYU, SUNY ESF, NC State, Buff State, SUNY Geneseo, Auburn, Loyola, and Saint John Fisher in the Brookings Institution’s "value-added" assessment of about 4,000 schools nationwide.

Alfred University's Master of Fine Arts degree programs in ceramic art (#1) and glass/sculpture (#9) once again top the national rankings list of similar curriculums, according to US News & World Report. Overall, AU was ranked #3 in the fine arts. Also on the report, AU made lists for "Top Regional Universities in the North," "Top Business Programs," and "Best Value Schools."

Forbes and the Princeton Review include Alfred University in their listings of the top schools in the country.

Alfred is ranked in the top by Niche 2018 Best Colleges in categories such as "Best Small Colleges in America," "Top Private Universities in America," and "Best Colleges in America."

Value Colleges rated Alfred University #16 in the "Top 50 Best Pre-College Summer Program" for 2018, among the likes of Yale, UCLA, Georgetown, and Virginia Tech, based on the quality, affordability, and potential our summer programs provide to young people.

Programs taught in:
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Alfred University’s Biology program provides students with a diverse and interactive education in a non-traditional, hands-on setting. Here, you will DO science and not j ... [+]

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The Alfred University Accounting major prepares you and your classmates to become certified public accountants, auditors, and consultants, enjoying dynamic employment opportunities following graduation in an ever-changing economic climate. You are also given the option of applying these principles in other majors and fields, such as business, finance, and law.

Modern Facilities

The Science Center facilities house a variety of research-grade equipment including digital imaging systems, laminar flow hoods, fluorescent and phase-contrast microscopes, UV/VIS spectrophotometers, molecular biology equipment, field sampling equipment, and environmental growth chambers.

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Our Chemistry program is designed to promote and support your intellectual curiosity now and throughout your career, develop an ability to solve problems efficiently and ... [+]

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Our Chemistry program is designed to promote and support your intellectual curiosity now and throughout your career, develop an ability to solve problems efficiently and communicate the nuances of chemistry effectively with all audiences. Our graduates enter the workplace with a clear understanding of the place of chemistry within natural science and a comprehension of the relationship between natural science, the environment, and the rest of human culture.

4+1 Chemistry MBA Track

As a Chemistry major, you'll be offered an opportunity to enter a four-year-plus one track, earning your BS in Chemistry as well as your MBA.

ACS Approved

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Increasing population, technological demands, and the continued quest for a higher standard of living impose expanding demands on finite global resources. As an Environmental Studies student, you'll study the effects of these stresses on the Earth and its inhabitants in the classroom, field, and laboratories.

Independent Research Projects

All our majors engage in independent undergraduate research projects as part of the Environmental Studies program. The topics of these projects vary greatly, depending on the interests of the students. We firmly believe that students learn by “doing” and incorporate hands-on, interactive learning in virtually all of our courses.

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The Alfred University Accounting major prepares you and your classmates to become certified public accountants, auditors, and consultants, enjoying dynamic employment opp ... [+]

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The Alfred University Accounting major prepares you and your classmates to become certified public accountants, auditors, and consultants, enjoying dynamic employment opportunities following graduation in an ever-changing economic climate. You are also given the option of applying these principles in other majors and fields, such as business, finance, and law.

Internships

Gain real-world experience and academic credit with internships - whether your passion is public housing or private jets

100% Success

The placement rate for our accounting grads is exceptionally strong (virtually 100%) and is an indication of the high quality of our program.

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The Alfred University major in Athletic Training provides you with the opportunity for concentrated study and hands-on clinical work experiences. The program is based on ... [+]

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The Alfred University major in Athletic Training provides you with the opportunity for concentrated study and hands-on clinical work experiences. The program is based on a solid foundation in the allied healthcare arena with a strong emphasis in professional domains like injury and illness prevention and clinical evaluation and diagnosis. Our student-to-faculty ratio is low, and our faculty includes a physician who is a specialist in sports medicine. A built-in minor in Exercise Science is also a key feature of the program.

Training & Research

The Athletic Training program is based on the philosophy that education is a life-long process. This is particularly true for a profession, which through its practice of specific skills, seeks to fill the needs of athletes and recreationally active individuals. The needs of this select group are dynamic due to continually improving methods of training and new findings through research.... [-]

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For a highly sought after, exclusive education in the science of glass engineering, look no further than Alfred University. Here we offer you the only undergraduate progr ... [+]

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For a highly sought after, exclusive education in the science of glass engineering, look no further than Alfred University. Here we offer you the only undergraduate program of its kind in the nation, with small class sizes, plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research, and an extensive alumni network working in the glass and ceramic industry. Further, our Glass Engineering Science Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

EXCLUSIVE PROGRAM

The only undergraduate Glass Engineering Science program in the nation.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

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Does a career in digital electronics and materials technology or engineering interest you? Look to the ABET Accredited Materials Science and Engineering program at Alfred ... [+]

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Does a career in digital electronics and materials technology or engineering interest you? Look to the ABET Accredited Materials Science and Engineering program at Alfred University. This challenging program will provide exposure to the concepts relating to multi-material and composite technologies, well as composite material interactions with living biological systems for students interested in the focus of biomedical materials science.

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A hands-on curriculum that introduces students to materials science during the first year.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research and access to state-of-the-art research facilities.

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If your passion is learning how things work by taking them apart and successfully putting them back together, the Mechanical Engineering major at Alfred University is a g ... [+]

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If your passion is learning how things work by taking them apart and successfully putting them back together, the Mechanical Engineering major at Alfred University is a great fit for you. The program is accredited by ABET and is an ideal education for students looking to enter into industry, develop their own company, or for a variety of opportunities in education, aerospace, automotive, chemical, and government agencies.

MODERN FACILITIES

New test facilities including a water tunnel, a wind tunnel, and test frames for measuring the strength of materials.

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Become an expert in an industry that's changing the way society uses energy with our Renewable Energy Engineering major. One of only a few true renewable energy programs seated in a strong engineering foundation, this program gives you the tools, technology, and know-how you need the following graduation to enter the growing renewable energy job market with countless opportunities.

EXCLUSIVE PROGRAM

One of only a few true engineering degrees that specializes in renewable energy engineering.

MODERN FACILITIES

New laboratory facilities for designing and testing renewable energy technologies.

SHOWCASE TALENTS

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Bachelor

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The School of Art and Design offers a four-year, professional degree program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. The unique curriculum, which incorporates ... [+]

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The School of Art and Design offers a four-year, professional degree program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. The unique curriculum, which incorporates a specialized approach for each of the academic years of study, is recognized for its innovation in emphasizing disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary opportunities. Here you'll work in state-of-the-art facilities, you'll be provided with individual studios in your senior year, and you will enjoy the benefits of entering a partially state-funded art program in a private university setting.

An Open Curriculum

The BFA degree provides opportunities for undergraduate students to study ceramic art, drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, print media, video, sonic art, interactive media, or glass and sculpture within an open curriculum.... [-]

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