Who we Are

Alfred University was founded in 1836 by liberal, independent thinkers who placed high value on education for all citizens. As the second oldest coeducational institution in the United States we believed the men and women should have the opportunity to be educated side by side from the outset.  We were also one of the first nineteenth century colleges to have enrolled African American and Native American students. Today, the University has retained and built upon the strong values of its founders, developing as an institution of national and international renown that is responsive to the needs of contemporary society while remaining consistent with the spirit of its origins.

We boast four unique academic areas, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the School of Engineering, and the School of Art and Design plus the Division of Performing Arts. As a small school with around 1,700 undergraduate students and 250 graduate and doctoral candidates, students have the ability to mix and match between different areas of interest while taking advantage of forming lasting connections with peers and mentors. 

Important Deadlines

October 1st: FAFSA becomes available for students to start applying for need based financial aid. 

December 15th: Spring Regular Decision Application Deadline

November 1st: Early Action (nonbinding) Deadline

February 1st: Preferred Application Deadline

February 1st: Visit Grant Visit Deadline

May 1st: Reply Date Deadline

July 1st: Application Closes


Seeing is Believing

There's no better way to get to know Alfred University than in person. Meet our students, walk around campus, talk with faculty and ask our admissions counselors anything you want. You can read all the brochures and websites you want about what college will be like, but nothing can really prepare you for that feeling when you step on campus.

We have a number of different options from visiting campus individually, attending an open house, or connecting with your admissions counselor. Come see for yourself!

What You'll Need

Personal Essay: You can follow one of the prompts on our application or you can write about something personal that you would like us to know about you. We're a small community and we want to know who you are as a person. 

High School Transcript: Request that your school/ guidance counselor submit an official copy of your transcript. These can be sent via email by your counselor. 

Letter of Recommendation: We require a minimum of one letter of recommendation. This can be from a teacher, coach, counselor, etc.

Art Portfolio (BFA Only): If you're applying to the School of Art and Design, you'll need to submit a portfolio of selected pieces of your art work.  Please note this is for applicants to the School of Art and Design school, only.  You can find out more information about that here.

*Alfred University is test-optional for spring 2021 and fall 2021. Standardized test scores can be submitted and considered as part of the application process. Students who do not submit standardized test scores will not be penalized during the review process.