Alfred University

Alfred, NY

Alfred University

Alfred, NY

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Lighting the way for students since 1836
We've always been a place for makers, especially those who make the future. Our commitment to independent thinking, creativity, academic rigor, and community have made us a unique kind of leader since 1836.

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.

Performing Arts
Our Performing Arts Division provides collaborative, rigorous and contemporary programs across Music, Theatre, Dance, and Performance Design and Technology. For makers and performers, the Performing Arts Division fosters discovery, ideas, and creativity through innovative learning. Students co-create [live] art. As practitioners, researchers and scholars, faculty members foster depth of discovery and life-long learning. Each program is designed to be inclusive of all stages of skill, ability, and experience, while facilitating student mastery at all levels.



Alfred is ranked in the top by Niche 2023 Best Colleges in categories such as "Colleges with the Best Academics in America" and "Best Colleges for Art in America."


In its 2022 College Guide and Rankings report, Washington Monthly ranks Alfred University among top colleges and universities, earning national recognition.


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


Rated in "Top Regional Universities in the North," "Top Performers on Social Mobility" and "Best Value Schools" by U.S. News & World Report 2024


Princeton Review includes Alfred University in their listings of the top schools in the country in 2023

The Alfred University Magic

95% receive financial aid
Nearly our entire student body receives some form of financial aid—mostly grants and scholarships.

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

13:1 student/faculty ratio
Small class sizes mean individual attention—and more opportunities for growth.

700 theater seats
Our Miller Performing Arts Center and Black Box Theater are cultural focal points for the region and have seating for 700+.

50+ programs to mix & match
Work with areas such as visual art, environmental studies, sound design, music, performance art and theater. You can also take advantage of our 47 majors and 65 minors you can mix & match.

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