Alfred University: Narrative Description

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One Saxon Dr.
Alfred, NY 14802-1205
Tel: (607)871-2111
Free: 800-541-9229
Admissions: (607)871-2115
Fax: (607)871-2198
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1836. Setting: 232-acre rural campus with easy access to Rochester. Endowment: $71.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $5.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $12,421 per student. Total enrollment: 2,355. Faculty: 212 (172 full-time, 40 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 2,243 applied, 73% were admitted. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 47% from top quarter, 84% from top half. 4 National Merit Scholars, 8 valedictorians, 42 student government officers. Full-time: 1,943 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 114 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 38 states and territories, 32 other countries, 30% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 6% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 5% 25 or older, 67% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 82% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts; engineering/engineering technologies; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview, SAT II: Writing Test. Required for some: interview, portfolio. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 12/1 for early decision. Notification: 3/15, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $29,434 includes full-time tuition ($19,250), mandatory fees ($810), and college room and board ($9374). College room only: $4884. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program and student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $630 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 90 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Activities Board, Spectrum, WALF, Student Senate, Fiat Lux. Major annual events: homecoming, Hot Dog Day Weekend, Parents' Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,395 college housing spaces available; 1,377 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Herrick Memorial Library plus 1 other with 288,137 books, 94,325 microform titles, 1,478 serials, 166,301 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.7 million. 450 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Alfred is a small residential community situated among the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains near the Finger Lakes Region of New York. It is served by air service in nearby cities (Rochester/Elmira), and also bus service. It is the home of the Davis Memorial Carillon, which contains the oldest carillon bells in the western hemisphere. Outdoor activities including hiking, white water rafting, downhill and cross-country skiing, and horseback riding are located a short distance from campus. Numerous groups sponsor appearances by visiting professors, speakers, and artists. Student groups sponsor a number of popular entertainers and rock and folk concerts. Both a current movie series and a classics series provide weekly films. The Fosdick Nelson Gallery shows exhibits of sculpture, glass, ceramics, paintings, lithographs and photographs. Additionally, student theatre and dance productions, as well as performances by musical ensembles, are scheduled throughout the year.

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