Alfred University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Alumni Hall at Alfred University
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Alfred University is a private university with an acceptance rate of 63%. Located in Western New York, Alfred University has the feel of a small liberal arts college but the breadth of a comprehensive university. Alfred was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for excellence in liberal arts and sciences. The university also has schools of business, graduate psychology, engineering, and art and design. Alfred is found on lists of top equestrian studies programs as well as top-ranked arts programs. Academics are supported by a healthy 13-to-1 student/faculty ratio. Coeducational since its founding in 1836, Alfred was the second college in the country to educate men and women equally. In athletics, the AU Saxons compete in the NCAA Division III Empire 8 Athletic Conference.

Considering applying to Alfred University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Alfred University had an acceptance rate of 63%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 63 students were admitted, making Alfred's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 4,296
Percent Admitted 63%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 16%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Alfred University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017 to 2018 admissions cycle, 89% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 480 590
Math 490 610
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Alfred's admitted students fall within the bottom 29% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Alfred scored between 480 and 590, while 25% scored below 480 and 25% scored above 590. In the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 490 and 610, while 25% scored below 490 and 25% scored above 610. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1200 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Alfred University.


Alfred does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Alfred participates in the score choice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Alfred requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 23% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 18 26
Math 18 27
Composite 20 27

This admissions data tells us that most of Alfred's admitted students fall within the top 48% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Alfred received a composite ACT score between 20 and 27, while 25% scored above 27 and 25% scored below 20.


Note that Alfred does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Alfred University does not require the ACT writing section.


In 2018, the average high school GPA of Alfred University's incoming freshmen class was 3.10, and 45% of the incoming class had average GPAs of 3.25 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Alfred University have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Alfred University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Alfred University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Alfred University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Alfred University, which accepts fewer than two-thirds of applicants, has a selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, Alfred also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. While not required, Alfred recommends interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside Alfred University's average range.

Note that some programs at Alfred have additional admissions standards. Engineering students will need to demonstrate a higher level of math proficiency than general applicants, and art students will need to submit portfolios for admission.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most had SAT scores of 1000 or higher (ERW + M), ACT composite scores of 20 or higher, and high school averages in the "B" range or higher. Students with above-average grades and test scores may qualify for the university's Honors Program.

All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Alfred University Undergraduate Admissions Office.