Alfred University, New York, Alfred

    Alfred, New YorkLocation
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    Estd 1836established year

    Alfred University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Established in 1836, Alfred University is a private university located in Alfred, New York which offers an array of undergraduate and graduate courses for international students coming from across the world. Embracing the spirit of its motto “Let there be light”, the institute is a renowned name in the US Education System which has been offering some of the unparalleled programs like MBA and Engineering to its applicants.

    Admissions at Alfred University are provided on rolling basis primarily for the seasonal intakes of Fall and Spring. The institute has a moderately selective approach towards admission with an acceptance rate of around 63%

    The organization is one of the sought-after institutes to study in the USA with an ensured graduate employment rate of 98% within 6 months of completing their degrees. The university also takes pride in the fact that it offers nearly 25 million USD as grants and studentships and almost 100% of its students receive some form of financial support from the institute.

    Alfred University Campus


    1. The institute ranked at #38 in the category of Regional Universities North by the 2020 survey conducted by US News.
    2. The university was also honored under the top 600 US University Rankings, 2020 by the survey results of THE.
    3. US News rankings result 2020 also awarded the institute as #9 for Best Value School and #42 for Top Performers on Social Mobility.

    Alfred University Highlights

    University Type Private University
    Establishment Year 1982
    Number of Programs  47 majors and 65 minors
    Faculty to Student Ratio 1:13
    Season of Intake Fall and Spring
    Percentage of International Students 25%
    Acceptance Rate Nearly 63%
    Employment Rate 98%
    Test Scores Accepted ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS
    Financial Aid Available as Scholarships, Grants and Awards
    Admission Helpdesk 607-871-2222

    Programs, Campus and Residence


    Whether a person wishes to be an artist or engineer, an accountant or CEO, the university offers a plethora of courses for incoming international students at the ranging levels of undergraduate and graduate. The available options include nearly 47 majors and over 65 minors to choose from. 

    The available courses are taught across its 4 schools and colleges namely, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Professional Studies, the Inamori School of Engineering and the Graduate School with the School of Business being a composite part of College of Professional Studies.

    Some of the popular courses offered by the institute which makes to the popular choice list of students are as mentioned below.

    • Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Masters in School Psychology Specialist
    • Bachelors in Economics
    • Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering


    Located in the historic downtown of Alfred, New York, the campus of Alfred University is a comprehensive mix of the old and the new, the traditional and the modern. The sprawling campus of Alfred University is situated on the edge of a scenic hill with more than 200 acres plus another 400 acres nearby

    The institute offers a diverse variety of more than 80 clubs and organizations for its students to choose from. In fact, the very environment at the university sings music, theatre, games, guest speakers and sports. And all of this is just for one week, there is much more to look forward to in a complete academic year. 

    For the students interested in robotics or dancing, mind-bending artistic endeavours or food lovers who live for different delicacies, the institute has it all available at a walkable distance and ensures that its students never run out of options.

    Housing Options

    On campus 

    Alfred University offers its students with a variety of housing options which includes First Year, Mixed Class and Upper Class alternatives for first year students; first year, sophomore, junior & seniors and sophomores, juniors and seniors, respectively.

    The students applying for residency get to choose from 4 traditional corridor-style halls which are co-ed by floor (a floor of men and a floor of women) and have open visitation. Then there are 4 traditional corridor-style halls co-ed by the door (with gender-specific bathrooms on each floor). 

    The university also has a separate housing facility for its graduates available at 53 West University and 15 Terrace Street within a few minutes distance from the campus. The on campus housing rates are usually around 6,498 USD per year.

    Off Campus

    The university also offers off-campus accommodation alternative for individuals who maintain a good academic record and want to be released from the on-campus housing plan or students looking to have their private space. 

    The following listings can also be consulted when looking for off-campus residence: local rental listings, Hunt Real Estate, Brown Property Development, Trulia and Zillow, among others.

    The rates for finding accommodation off campus are nearly 12,924 USD per year.

    Alfred University Admission Process

    Alfred University International Students

    Application Portal: Apply online at the official website or using the common app.

    International Application Deadlines: Fall- June 15; Spring- November 15

    Application Fee: 50 USD

    How to Apply?

    If you are a prospective student of the university, below mentioned requirements are some of the mandatory specifications you must fulfill to successfully enroll with the institute.

    Specific requirements: Academic records/transcripts to be mailed in a sealed and signed envelope or sent digitally, essay or personal statement, letter of recommendation (at least 1), Art Portfolio for the aspirants of School of Art and Design and other program-specific requirements might apply.

    Additional requirements: Copy of the Biographic Page of the Passport, Bank Statement, ID Proof, Financial Documentation to support I-134 and Alfred University Supplemental Form, Valid student Visa.

    Standardized Test Scores: 

    1. SAT or ACT scores must be submitted. A composite ACT score between 20 and 29 is safe enough to apply
    2. English language proficiency scores like TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent. A TOEFL Score of 80 and above or IELTS score of minimum 6.0 or better is acceptable.

    Alfred University Cost of Attendance

    The university highly encourages its freshman students to plan their stay in a foreign land beforehand to avoid any last minute complications which includes planning beforehand all the basic expenses like accommodation, travel, etc. To aid this process, an estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US by enrolling at the institute is as follows:

    Tuition Fee

    Fee for various programs available at the institute varies as per type, level and season of intake of the corresponding course. Some of the programs with their individual fee are as mentioned below.

    Course Liberal Arts & Sciences, Business (USD) Engineering- Mechanical, Renewable Energy, Undecided(USD) Art & Design, Engineering - Biomaterials, Ceramic, Glass, Materials Science(USD)
    Tuition 35,076 35,076 35,076
    Required Fees 1,200 1,200 1,200

    Cost of living

    List of other expenses excluding tuition amount has been tabulated as follows:

    Type of Expenditure Cost (in USD)
    Room & Boarding 6,498 to 12,924
    Meal Plan 6,426
    Personal Expenses 3,400
    Books and Supplies 1,300
    Transportation and personal expenses 2,100

    Scholarships and Financial Aid

    The university provides financial aid in various forms like grants, awards and scholarships for international students to study in the USA. The awards usually range between 8,000 to 18,000 USD per annum and are offered on the basis of various factors like financial need and merit. 

    Here are a few scholarships that can be availed by the first year international aspirants of the institute:

    1. The Presidential Scholarship: one of the highest competitive awards offered to o 15 students with spectacular academic record and promising performance for the future. It amounts to 1,500 USD per trimester and is renewable for up to 10 trimesters. Candidates with a GPA of 3.6 or more studying full-time at the institute can submit their applications by 1st December.
    2. Art Portfolio Scholarship: Designed for the students enrolled in the School of Art and Design, this studentship requires students to submit their portfolios for review. The eligible students must submit their entries by February 1 for being eligible for the award.
    3. Competition Scholarship: An award available for first year students of the institute competing in areas of engineering, mathematics and English. The offered amount ranges between 1,000 to 2,500 USD, per year and is renewable if the candidate maintains a minimum average GPA of 3.0 and is enrolled in a full-time course with the university.

    Apart from these the students at Alfred University also have a chance at assisting their tuition through outside scholarships which include-Jonathan Allen Scholarship, King Alfred Scholarship (first-year students only), Saxon Award (first-year students only), 1836 Scholarship and many more. The amount awarded by each of these scholarships varies year to year along with their deadlines.

    Alumni Network

    The very well renowned among the students at the college is the Alfred University Alumni Association that was established years ago and aims at encouraging fellowship among the graduates of the college, be it the former students or the faculty, promote goodwill in the community, and help them create a dynamic alumni program that will stimulate interest, build loyalty, increase involvement and generate support for the university.

    Few notable alumni of Alfred University include-

    1. Robert Klein who is a well established American Stand-Up Comic
    2. Betty Woodman who was an American Ceramic artist.
    3. Julia Galloway who is a renowned potter specializing in utilitarian work
    4. Walter McConnell who is also an American ceramic artist

    Note that any graduate can simply join the association by calling the college or emailing them. Once you’re a part of the association, one is enabled to serve and volunteer in the community, support the institute through fundraising events, and reconnect with old classmates and maybe build a business client. 

    $21,0051st YEAR

    2 years

    Course Duration

    Apr 05

    Application Deadline

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    $21,0051st YEAR

    4 years

    Course Duration

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    4 years

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    Apr 05

    Application Deadline

    Alfred University Overview

    Insitution type
    Private (Not for Profit)
    Student Population
    FAFSA Code
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $21,005 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    1 : 1

    Admission & dates

    Early Action Deadlines

    November 1

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    January 15

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    SAT Check Detailed Score1100990121090
    Evidence-Based Reading and Writing550490610-
    ACT Check Detailed Score24212629

    Alfred University Acceptance Rate

    62.7 %

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    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $21,005 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $21,005 / Year
    On Campus
    Books & Supplies
    $1,300 / Year
    On campus, Room & Board
    $12,272 / Year
    On Campus, Other Expenses
    $2,000 / Year
    Off Campus
    Off campus (not with family), Room & Board
    $12,272 / Year
    Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses
    $2,000 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Room & Board
    $6,320 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Other Expenses
    $4,800 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Institutional accreditations
    Middle States Commission on Higher Education
    Program wise accreditation
    Arts Programs
    National Association of Schools of Art and Design
    Psychology Programs
    American Psychological Association


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    Ranked #580

    Overall (National)

    College Rating

    Based on 2 Students Rating

    9.2 out of 10
    9.0/10Social Life


    8.8 /10

    I got to know about Alfred University through a college fair I attended and I loved the diversity, the academics, the professors and the placement record. Having scored a good grade in my high school helped me get admission here. There was no application fee charged.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course was designed in a way where a lot of important topics were covered. Topics like the dynamic earth, surficial geology, structural geology, hydrogeology, environmental data analysis, fieldcraft-outdoor proficiency, etc.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    9.5 /10

    I chose to attend Alfred University because of its emphasis on the liberal arts. I knew that at Alfred University, I could pursue my hobbies and I could study the disciplines besides my major. At the university, I joined the music choir and also worked at the art museum. I applied online for the admission.

    Course Curriculum :

    Alfred University's Biology program provides me a diverse and interactive education program in a non-traditional way. The program promotes and supports the style of learning through laboratory and field courses, inquiry-based instruction, research activities, internships, discussions, and seminars concerning modern biological research.

    10 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    9 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    1 Saxon Dr, Alfred, NY 14802, USA

    Nearby This Campus

    • Book Store
    • Pharmacy
    • Airport

    Book Store

    Alfred University Book Store0.18 km


    Syracuse Hancock International Airport166.79 km
    Ogdensburg International Airport328.41 km
    Adirondack Regional Airport374.06 km
    Massena International Airport380.62 km
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    Alfred Pharmacy0.29 km
    Anthony J. Graziano, RPH0.31 km
    Kerry M. Clark, PharmD0.32 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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