Alfred University


About Us

Lighting the way for students since 1836

We've always been pioneers. Our unwavering commitment to independent thought, academic rigor, creativity, and the community has made us an educational leader since 1836.

The Alfred University Magic


Nearly our entire student body receives some form of financial aid - mostly grants and scholarships.


Within one year of graduation, 98% of our students land jobs or are enrolled in graduate school.


Small class sizes mean individual attention - and more opportunities for growth.

The Alfred Advantage

At Alfred University, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means you'll have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the studio, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Caring Community

Our faculty and staff are respected not only for their knowledge and skills but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the AU community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.

Global Experience

The world really is a small place, and at Alfred University we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences that span continents, countries and states. We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how you fit in the global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.

Our Mission


Alfred University will be an innovative leader in the delivery of academic excellence and enduring educational value, preparing all students for success in their studies and throughout life.


The mission of Alfred University is to provide excellent quality and enduring value through academic and co-curricular programming that is both intellectually challenging and practically relevant. We are culturally diverse and student-centered and aim to serve an ever-changing student population. We seek students with the aspiration and dedication to do well for themselves and for their greater communities. Thus, we prepare our students with the knowledge, skills, and life-habits that will enable them to succeed and to live lives of continuous personal growth and service to others. These outcomes are achieved through a commitment, by the entire Alfred University community, to teaching and research, the pursuit of scientific and technical expertise, artistic creativity, and humanistic learning.


At Alfred University, we value:

  • A learning environment that promotes an open exchange of ideas, critical thinking, global awareness, technological literacy, intellectual honesty, and community involvement;
  • A work environment that promotes open communication, recognition of achievement, and the development of personal potential;
  • Research and scholarship that advance the frontiers of knowledge, contribute to graduate and undergraduate teaching, and demonstrate creativity in all fields of endeavor;
  • Diversity in people and cultures, ideas and scholarship;
  • A campus that is safe, attractive, and promotes health and wellness;
  • A caring community that respects each individual, fosters intellectual curiosity and growth, promotes and models good citizenship, and encourages enlightened leadership.

What the Experts Say

Go beyond the glossy brochures and read what the outside experts say. You’ll find that the experts agree: Alfred University is a great place for you!

Best College Reviews ranked Alfred University in "The Top 50 Best Small Colleges 2017-2018," citing "...with graduates surveyed at an incredible 98 percent career outcomes rate, it’s not hard to see why Alfred is a top small school."

AU scored on par with or better than NYU, SUNY ESF, NC State, Buff State, SUNY Geneseo, Auburn, Loyola, and Saint John Fisher in the Brookings Institution’s "value-added" assessment of about 4,000 schools nationwide.

Alfred University's Master of Fine Arts degree programs in ceramic art (#1) and glass/sculpture (#9) once again top the national rankings list of similar curriculums, according to US News & World Report. Overall, AU was ranked #3 in the fine arts. Also on the report, AU made lists for "Top Regional Universities in the North," "Top Business Programs," and "Best Value Schools."

Forbes and the Princeton Review include Alfred University in their listings of the top schools in the country.

Alfred is ranked in the top by Niche 2018 Best Colleges in categories such as "Best Small Colleges in America," "Top Private Universities in America," and "Best Colleges in America."

Value Colleges rated Alfred University #16 in the "Top 50 Best Pre-College Summer Program" for 2018, among the likes of Yale, UCLA, Georgetown, and Virginia Tech, based on the quality, affordability, and potential our summer programs provide to young people.



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