Alfred University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

The Steinheim at Alfred University
The Steinheim at Alfred University. Allen Grove

Alfred has an acceptance rate of 63 percent in 2016, making it a moderately selective university. Students with strong grades combined with standardized test scores that are average or better will have a good chance of being admitted. Alfred requires applicants to submit scores from either the SAT or ACT. The university uses the Common Application, and your application essay and extracurricular involvement can play a meaningful role in the admissions process.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Alfred University Description:

Located in the rolling hills of Western New York, Alfred University has the deceptive feel of a small liberal arts college but the breadth of a comprehensive university. Liberal Arts and Sciences makes up about half of the university, but Alfred also has schools of business, graduate psychology, engineering and art and design. 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. Complementing its strengths in ceramics, Alfred was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for excellence in liberal arts and sciences. Athletics are popular at Alfred, and the AU Saxons compete in the NCAA Division III Empire 8 Athletic Conference. The university fields nine men's and eleven women's intercollegiate teams, and the school made my list of top equestrian colleges and top art schools.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,390 (1,815 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 52 percent male / 48 percent female
  • 95 percent full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $27,078
  • Books: $1,300 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,196
  • Other Expenses: $1,950
  • Total Cost: $42,524

Note: The School of Art and Design and Ceramic Engineering are part of the State University of New York, so tuition is lower than in the university as a whole.

Alfred University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 100 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100 percent
    • Loans: 85 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $19,309
    • Loans: $8,178

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Business Administration, Ceramic Arts, Elementary Education, English, Fine Arts, Marketing, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology.

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 76 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 29 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 43 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 61 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Lacrosse, Swimming, Soccer, Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball, Skiing, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, Track and Field, Tennis, Skiing, Softball, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

If You Like Alfred University, You May Also Like These Schools:

Students interested in a smaller to mid-sized school in New York's Southern Tier should also check out SUNY Geneseo, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Houghton College, SUNY Fredonia, and St. Bonaventure University. Most of these schools are located either in rural areas, or in/by small cities. 

And for those interested in a school with a strong art program or a dedicated art school, other choices on the east coast include Cooper Union, RISD, Rice University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Alfred and the Common Application

Alfred University uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you: