Founded in 1836, this small, comprehensive university enrolls approximately 1,900 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from 31 states and 20 countries. Faculty attention and a broad range of undergraduate research and leadership opportunities characterize students’ experience. Alfred features state-of-the-art studio art facilities (kilns, glass hot shop, foundry, electronic arts labs, etc.), well-equipped science and engineering labs, two theaters, an equestrian center offering instruction in both Western and English riding, and one of the best teaching observatories in the Northeast.
Main CampusAlfred, New York, United States0 - 5,000 on Campus<100,000 residents in AlfredLanguage(s) spoken on campus: English
Alfred is located on the edge of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, a region renowned for lakes, waterfalls, rolling hills, wineries, apple orchards and organic farms. The area offers hiking, skiing, and Western and English horseback riding, as well as a thriving arts community. Nearby tourist attractions include Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen and the Corning Glass Museum. Typical of the climate of the region, it offers fabulous colors in the autumn, snow and cold-weather sports opportunities in the winter, and a lush summer landscape. Alfred is a safe and welcoming small-town American community with a lively intellectual and artistic culture. Students can expect to integrate easily into campus and community life. They will have ready and easy access to excellent faculty and facilities, as well as to a wide range of student activities and leadership opportunities at this small comprehensive university.
Most students live on campus and there are a large number of on-campus activities most days (and nights) of the week, including guest lectures, exhibitions, concerts, performances and films. International students have many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities such as chorus, symphonic band, orchestra, theater, dance, horseback riding and intramural sports teams. In addition, there are more than 90 student clubs and organizations available, including an outdoor club that organizes hikes and overnight trips. The International Student and Scholar Organization brings together international and American students for cultural exchange and social activities. An optional program for international students matches each new international student with an American student or community member.