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If you decide to visit the college before you sign up to attend, you may be confused when you drive into town and see a sign for Alfred State College. No worries: you’re not in the wrong town, there are just several educational institutions near each other and they are named after the town where they reside, Alfred, New York.

Like the town itself, the campus itself isn’t very big - you should be able to walk through it easily as you get used to the locations of your upcoming classes. The small town of Alfred and the university are located at a large distance from other communities, so, if you want to get off-campus, the town itself is your closest destination, with a couple other tiny towns to the north and south, and nothing but forest in between.

Overview of Alfred University

Alfred University is a private, not-for-profit institution with no connection to a religious tradition. Alfred U. was founded in 1836, so it’s been around for more than 200 years. The student population isn’t much bigger than that of a high school, with just under 2,400 enrolled in any given year. The university provides campus housing, so you and your fellow students will live in dorms rather than having to find accommodations in the surrounding city. Alfred University offers degrees to candidates at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels and also offers post-master’s certificates.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Town: Remote
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 12:1
Graduation Rate 57%
Year Founded 1836

Student Enrollment

Total Students2,382


Undergraduate Student

Male 892
Female 823

Graduate Student

Male 347
Female 320

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Male 2,033
Female 2,452


Male 1,301
Female 1,496

Acceptance Rate62%

Male 64%
Female 61%

Enrollment 445

Male 241
Female 204
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The total price refers to the amount that you and your parents pay for you to attend Alfred University. This includes tuition, books, supplies, room and board, and other costs. This averages out to around $50,900. However, you may not have to pay for all of this. Financial aid could cover more than half, depending on what you’re eligible for.

In a recent academic year, the average net price was $21,646. If you’re interested in how much you might pay based on eligibility for financial aid, you can look at a breakdown of how much family’s paid based on their income, which is how financial aid is generally meted out. Some points of that breakdown can be seen below.

  • Families earning less than $30,000 paid around $15,922
  • Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 paid around $21,343
  • Families earning more than $110,001 paid around $26,875

The entire freshman class qualified for financial aid in a recent year. All 436 first year students received grants and scholarships averaging $23,160 and each student also qualified for institutional grants and scholarships at an average of $18,618.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $21,646
Average Total Aid $23,160
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $12,718

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $34,770
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $34,770
  • Books and Supplies - $1,300
  • Room & Board - $12,718
  • Other - $2,100


The most popular degree programs offered are engineering; visual and performing arts; business, management, marketing and related support services; psychology; and biological and biomedical sciences.

With a student population of less than 2,400, the student-to-faculty ratio should be fairly low. At Alfred University, this is a low 12 to 1. This means it shouldn’t be too hard for you to go see a professor about a class.

You and your fellow freshmen will also decide during the year whether you are going to continue attending Alfred University or transfer elsewhere. If you decide to stay for your second year, you’ll become a part of the retention rate, which is about average at 73%.

The 4-year graduation rate is 43% and the 6-year rate is 57%. This shows that students may not graduate in the expected amount of time; this may be for several reasons, such as finances or a family emergency. Either way, this is somewhat below the national average.

You may find that you need to work so you can pay for something such as your car, an insurance premium, or your phone plan. Whether that work is on campus or off, you may find that one of your classes conflicts with your employment. Luckily, if you check with your advisor, you may find that you can take some classes in the evening or online. There are some opportunities for flexibility here.

Student Population Total

Student Population 2,382

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Engineering Majors 85 Total Graduates / 24%
Mechanical Engineering 36 Graduates
Ceramic Sciences and Engineering 16 Graduates
Materials Engineering 16 Graduates
Engineering, Other 13 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 77 Total Graduates / 22%
Fine/Studio Arts, General 74 Graduates
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 Graduates
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 Graduates
All Business Majors 49 Total Graduates / 14%
Business Administration and Management, General 22 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 11 Graduates
Accounting 8 Graduates
Finance, General 8 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 36 Total Graduates / 10%
Psychology, General 36 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 17 Total Graduates / 5%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 17 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 26%

Outcome & Salary

Let’s say you just walked for your graduation. If you’re lucky and hard-working before you leave school, you’ll likely be accepting a job in your degree field soon. You can look forward to a decent salary based on previous graduates. Graduate’s salaries are usually about $52,700 in their early career after graduating from Alfred University. And their mid-career salaries are closer to $97,900.

A 4-year education at this school costs around $86,600. This number will be important if you want to calculate your return on investment (ROI) based on your potential income. A graduate’s 10-year salary earning potential is $655,480 and their 20-year earning potential is $1,634,480. After deducting the cost of education, their 10-year projected ROI is $568,896 and their 20-year projected ROI is $1,547,896.

High school graduates who find jobs will earn something but it will usually not be comparable to the income of a college graduate. The national average salary of a high school graduate is $38,792. This makes their 10-year projected income $387,920 and their 20-year projected income $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $52,700
College Grads Average Salary $65,548
College Grads Mid Career Salary $97,900
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $655,480
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,634,480
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $86,584
10 Year Projected ROI $568,896
20 Year Projected ROI $1,547,896
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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