Alfred University

Alfred University

Alfred University was originally founded as the Select School in 1836. The Seventh Day Baptists established it as a non-sectarian institution. It is now a small and comprehensive university located in the Village of Alfred in Western New York. Alfred University's recent enrollments have been more than 2,000 undergraduates and approximately 300 graduate students every year.

The university offers over 60 majors and concentrations, and students can choose from bachelor's, master's as well as doctorate degrees. The academic divisions of Alfred University include:

  • College of Business
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School
  • Inamori School of Engineering
  • School of Art and Design

The sports teams of the university are known as the Saxons. The teams participate in alpine skiing, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, football, and equestrian. Students are also members of several Greek social organizations including the Zeta Beta Tau, Lambda Chi Alpha, Kappa Sigma, Alpha Chi Rho, Delta Zeta, Theta Theta Chi, and Sigma Chi Nu.

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Contacting Alfred

Alfred University
One Saxon Drive
Alfred , NY 14802-1205
General Phone: (607) 871-2111

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Alfred Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Fine Arts162fine arts, sculpture, ceramics
Engineering96biomedical engineering, ceramic engineering, electrical engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, various engineering courses
Education and Teaching83school counseling, elementary school teaching, reading teaching, education courses
Therapy and Counseling83psychology, school psychology
Business and Management59business management, accounting, finance, marketing
Liberal Arts38German language, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, international studies, diversity studies, interdisciplinary studies, ...
Science25biology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Media8communication studies
Security and Law Enforcement6criminal justice and administration
Conservation and Resource Management6environmental studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy4athletic trainer
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Photography and Commercial Art3commercial art
Computer Science and Engineering3computer and info science
Medical Administration0health care administration
Religion and Philosophy0philosophy
Family and Social Work0community organization, public administration

Number of programs and degrees for Alfred in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree41643
Master's degree11116
Post-master's certificate432
Doctor's degree114

Alfred Student Body

In 2007-2008, Alfred had a total enrollment of 2,436 students (2,550 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 56%
Women 44%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 71%
Graduate 29%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 62%
Black 5%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 24%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 36%
20-21 30%
22-24 16%
25-29 6%
30-34 3%
35-39 3%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York72%
New Jersey3%
(International Students)2%
New Hampshire1%

Alfred Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 79 %

Alfred Room and Board (2007)

Alfred offers campus housing for 1,425 of its 2,550 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Alfred, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Alfred Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500610
SAT Math510620
ACT Verbal2027
ACT Math2026
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT92%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT28%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Alfred Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 24,278
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 24,278
Room and board $ 10,796
Room charge $ 5,596
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,200
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 1,400

Financial Aid:
Alfred participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 266800)

Alfred Faculty

Alfred has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1923
Non-tenured and not on tenure track117

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year43$82,72321$69,512
Associate professoracademic year18$64,39118$57,013
Assistant professoracademic year28$54,53023$48,093
Instructoracademic year1*4$41,000
Lectureracademic year0*1*
No academic rankacademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year91$69,43967$56,480

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Alfred Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Empire Eight
Basketball Empire Eight
Track Empire Eight

Alfred Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
Reading Teacher Education

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Ceramic Sciences and Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, Other
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy
Public Administration

Fine Arts
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management


Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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