Recent Alumnus 2013-08-13T05:37:17Z
They just renovated one of the two dining halls so I'll have to see how they've improved. The food isn't great but you can tell they try. It's gone downhill a bit since my freshman year. But they always have vegetarian and vegan options (not great ones). The stir-fry bar was always amazing and they used to have sushi made to order. Desserts are good but you have to go early. And they have waffle makers. But still it's just dining hall food.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-13T05:33:07Z
It's $90 (last I heard) for a parking permit. Which if you are struggling to make ends meet is a bit pricy. But for those who have a permit you have to compete for parking. Most people get a spot and never move, if you commute good luck, there is one street for commuters to park without getting a ticket and you can only park there for a maximum amount of 3 hours. Campus Security are real jerks in regards to handing out tickets (which are $30 a ticket)... I once parked in a loading zone, for 10 minutes at 1:50 AM and got a ticket in that short time. They also ticket people in the Senior dorm that is near the top of the hill and has no sign saying you must have a permit to park there. If it snows and you can't see the lines, so everyone is parked strange, CONGRATULATIONS you've won a ticket. Also they aren't suppose to ticket on weekends, but they do.... Your best bet is the free parking which is up at the top of a hill where deer will stalk you.
College Senior 2013-07-26T18:43:55Z
I love it. The CEMS professors are extremely knowledgeable.
College Senior 2013-07-26T18:43:25Z
Health & Safety:
Not a very dangerous campus. I prefer to walk with someone but if I had to walk alone at night I would not be uncomfortable
College Senior 2013-07-26T18:40:07Z
Couldn't ask for better professors. Always willing to help. A few stragglers, but what school doesn't have them?
College Senior 2013-07-26T18:37:55Z
Guys & Girls:
Not a large selection but a few good looking guys. Very nice people
College Sophomore 2013-05-31T15:37:03Z
Awful food, but two dining halls for less than 2,000 students so at least the awful food is within a convenient distance.
College Sophomore 2013-05-31T15:34:03Z
Health & Safety:
Alfred is easily one of the safest schools around. Public Safety is pretty attentive and you can call them for escorts or whatever. There's a lot of drug use on campus, but mostly just weed and hallucinogenics. Nothing to feel unsafe about.
College Sophomore 2013-05-31T15:28:37Z
There is literally no local atmosphere and if you're under 21 and can't get into the bar, you're sunk. The townies are mostly friendly (although some are sort of racist) and having Alfred State across the street adds to the parties on the weekends. Otherwise, there is literally nothing to do in Alfred. The university is pretty good about offering campus events to make up for this though.
College Sophomore 2013-05-31T15:25:34Z
The process is a whole isn't too painful as long as you submit your forms on time. I got a good amount of aid. The women who work in the financial aid office aren't very helpful or friendly so you're kind of on your own in that respect.
College Sophomore 2013-05-16T04:55:58Z
It is hard to tell where campus ends and the town begins. People of the town of Alfred are seen walking their dogs past the dorms and students spend lots of time in Terracotta (the best coffee shop ever). It is a small town, but it is beautiful. The residents are involved with the campus and student artwork is displayed in almost every local business.
College Sophomore 2013-05-16T04:51:48Z
The foundations art program is hard to get accustomed to, because the materials you use are reduced to cardboard and paper mache in many cases. The project criteria is hard to determine and it seems impossible to please the professors. However, now that I have completed the program I realize that my ability to experiment and problem solve has been strengthened. The program takes quite a bit of patience but with hard work it is very rewarding. The faculty and upperclassmen in the art program are very approachable and interested in collaboration, which greatly helps with networking.
College Sophomore 2013-05-16T04:45:30Z
Computer labs in the libraries can operate on both windows and Mac osx so any files from your laptop will be compatible. The school supplies you with $10 for printing at the start of each semester, and a page is only like 3 cents. The internet is pretty faced when you're plugged in, but the wifi is seldom reliable. It's nice to have your own computer because sometimes the weather is bad and the trek to the library is less than desirable, but if the snow doesn't intimidate you there are always computers open.
College Sophomore 2013-05-16T04:40:44Z
Parties outside of the dorms are very seldom broken up. If you're going to drink in a dorm be careful and as long as you keep the noise down you won't be bothered. If you do get caught you'll get a court date, a letter sent home and you can't have visiting students stay with you.
College Sophomore 2013-05-16T04:38:15Z
You don't need a car on campus if you plan on staying on campus, though to get any real stores you have to drive. Work out a good carpooling situation and you'll be set. There is lots of parking on campus, but sometimes it's at the top of a hill.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-10T02:28:09Z
Guys & Girls:
Really, they come in all sizes, all shapes, all different! There are athletic kids (though ALL extremely nice), art kids (a little odd, but still kind), and geeks.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-10T02:20:42Z
Honestly, I loved my program. My mentor was incredibly helpful and supportive, my adviser was knowledgeable, and my peers were so willing to work together and share their skills! My only complaint was that the facilities are sort of out-dated, which made some classes difficult, but overall, the experience and faculty were great. I took one year off after graduating, and will be entering graduate school in the fall for a doctorate in Psychology (Animal Behavior). I have no concerns with finding a job. Biology in general is a field where jobs are pretty readily available if you're qualified for them. There are a ton of graduate school programs, too. Also, my experience at Alfred allowed me to network with people at conferences and through my personal relationships with my professors (who they know at other universities, research facilities, alma maters, etc.).
College Sophomore 2013-04-01T21:11:38Z
Student life on campus is fun. I don't ever get bored, and when I do I know I can always rent a movie or go hang out in town or with my friends. We have 2 athletic centers, McLane and Davis Gym, and they are both normally open to sports teams and other athletes. 2 Libraries (Herrick and Scholes) that are open late including 24 hour study rooms in each. There is always something going on on campus or in Powell Campus Center.
College Sophomore 2013-04-01T21:05:35Z
Health & Safety:
Our wellness center is helpful, but for many other students not so much. Many others go to their primary doctor at home. Wellness Center is good for the flu or any other stomach virus.
College Freshman 2013-03-27T20:02:36Z
The town is small but has enough in it. The places to get food in town are pretty good and there is a couple bars in town too. In order to get a large amount of supplies you have to go to Hornell, which is the town outside of Alfred. It's a 15 minute drive if you have a car. If not so many people have cars that you will be able to find a ride.
College Freshman 2013-03-27T19:55:22Z
The weather is freezing almost year round and completely bi polar. Although the beginning of fall was really warm.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-27T18:52:59Z
I found AU very diverse and I think it was due to the draw of some very different programs; engineering, art and business. All three schools are well respected and highly sought after therefore AU enrolls students from all walks of life.
Recent Alumnus 2013-03-27T18:48:16Z
The campus is intimate and it only takes a little over 5 minutes to walk from one end to the other which is very convenient. The freshmen dorms are very basic with shared showers which I didn't particularly like. Males and females separated by floor. The upperclassmen dorms are better but bring your own furniture for the common area as what is provided is not comfortable or sufficient. The location of the upperclassman dorms are typically on the hill farthest from campus so be careful of the ice in the winter! AU attracts a very diverse group of students with its art, engineering and business programs. I found the food, gym and other amenities above average. I guess for the money everything should be exceptional as it is just as or more expensive to live on campus as tuition for some programs. For those students with cars parking is scarce and most spots are reserved. Don't be like me and chance it for an hour because there were always lots of open spaces as I received too many parking tickets from students paid to walk campus and make the university even more money.
College Sophomore 2013-02-26T02:09:56Z
A lot of people drink, and a lot of people smoke cigarettes and weed. However, if you don't want to and that's not your scene there's still plenty to do, and a good portion of the student body that doesn't. I also have never been peer pressured into anything here.
College Sophomore 2013-02-26T02:04:41Z
It's very small here. I personally don't like, but if you like small towns it couldn't be more perfect. There's one of everything. Coffee house, restaurant, subway, gas station, pharmacy, bar, club, post office, uni-mart, unique gift shops and three pizza places.
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