College Sophomore 2013-02-26T01:56:45Z
Teachers here are great. The can only receive Tenure if they get consistent good student reviews. Every student for each class has to fill out a survey about their teacher and they can't receive tenure unless they get good reviews. These teachers are all really smart, they love what they teach, and they are great at teaching. There are some classes where I don't have to study as much as other classes because I know the material the first time it's taught, or we review a lot in class.
College Sophomore 2013-02-15T06:53:45Z
I currently live in Reimer, a first-year residence hall. I use the term "residence hall" very loosely here... the building looks and feels more like a juvenile detention center. The building boasts sterile-white cement block walls and crumbling drop ceilings. Near the entrance is a tiny common room with some furniture and an outdated TV. Down the hall is the dimly-lit unmarked kitchen, which has a tiny microwave, a refrigerator, and a sink. The cabinets have a mishmash of dusty pots and pans that I wouldn't trust putting food into. Laundry facilities are pleasing, but the entire building has only 3 washers and 3 dryers.
The rooms are reasonably sized, but are starting to show their age. The floors are tiled, but are so scratched and dirty to the point where their original color is unrecognizable. The built in dressers/closets/desk are nice, but the doors and drawers often stick and are difficult to open. The desk chairs are uncomfortable (mine has visible cracking) and when my roommate needed a replacement chair, the dorm provided a creaky, ancient one that clearly was not intended for the room. Heating is extremely inconsistent and makes for uncomfortable conditions. When the heat is turned on in late fall, it is full blast, making the room constantly feel like a sauna. The wireless internet in the building is laughable; it randomly stops working and sometimes doesn't work at all. You have to be constantly tethered to an ethernet cord.
The bathrooms are a completely different subject... I can honestly say I've had better experiences in campsite bathrooms. Everything seems to be covered in a layer of rust or mildew (which isn't the custodian's fault, the facilities are just really run-down). There always seems to be puddles forming on the floor, creating a nasty expanse of stagnant water. The "showers" are really just an open room with three tiny, rusty showerheads jutting from the wall. Privacy consists of flimsy shower curtains on plastic hooks that are constantly torn down. The design of the showers forces you to walk through the center shower to access the side ones, so nobody uses the middle. This means that an entire floor essentially has only two showers.
The majority of the problems, however, comes from the residents themselves. They constantly heap mountains of garbage and half eaten food in the bathroom trashcan, which usually overflows onto the floor causing bad odors. There were several issues with vandalism and if I had not been told about them, I would not have known "quiet hours" existed in the dorm. (Design flaws are partly responsible for some noises like the loud stomping sounds when going down the stairs and the sonic boom that comes when a door flies shut.) The RA staff intervenes on major issues, but seems to let everything else slide.
College Sophomore 2013-02-11T03:08:42Z
Very calm and relaxing town. Terra Cotta coffee shop is the place to be. stuff gets very repetitive
College Sophomore 2013-02-11T03:07:00Z
It's cold and lots of snow with very poor salting and plowing
College Junior 2013-01-21T22:01:50Z
The safety is amazing. You never have to worry, even if you're alone at night. We're 10 minutes from the nearest town, and about 40 minutes from a big town. It's nice because we have isolation and nature without having to be bogged down by city life. The local attitude towards students is fantastic! Everyone smiles at you and is incredibly nice whether they know you or not.
College Junior 2013-01-13T21:44:43Z
Alfred is a very small town, which can be good to make sure you're not too distracted. Weekends can get fun, but the winters are pretty cold. We have a few restaurants right off of campus on Main St.
College Sophomore 2012-12-18T01:50:09Z
For the Art & Design program at Alfred University, you are required to put together a portfolio of your previous work in addition to your typical college admissions essay. The process is relatively easy if you have a wide selection of work, but you must be sure that you include all that is asked for, including several drawings from observation. You can either send in your portfolio on a CD with a slidelist, or upload your portfolio online.
College Sophomore 2012-12-18T01:46:35Z
Though Alfred is a very small town, there are several incredible restaurants right on Main Street for students to enjoy. My favorite would be Nana's Japanese Cafe, which offers a wide variety of extremely delicious (and organic/healthy) Japanese cuisine. It is easy to order any item off of Nana's menu and be very pleased with your choice. The Jet/Collegiate offers classic American diner foods at affordable prices, and is a good place for dining either with groups of friends or your parents. Terra Cotta cafe is another favorite of many, featuring delicious coffee, lattes, teas, desserts. They also serve delicious breakfast sandwiches and panini's, and have an open mic night every Wednesday!
College Senior 2012-12-03T23:19:28Z
There aren't that many places to eat in Alfred since it's so small but there are definitely some good options. Food is definitely cheap and the one ince place in town is nowhere near as pricey as you would find in a big city. There aren't any student discounts but there is lots of good pizza. Terra Cotta has the great coffee, Alex's the great pizza, Panda for chinese, and Cafe Za for a more upscale experience.
College Senior 2012-12-03T23:11:58Z
Guys & Girls:
There's a lot of diversity at this school. There are lots of different groups of people: people who are into casual dating, people looking for long-term relationships, etc. If you're looking for something specific, you can find it here. Downside, its a small school so they might be taken.
College Senior 2012-12-03T23:08:53Z
Compared to a majority of schools, parking costs really isn't that bad at all, averaging at about $90 (it varies from year to year). You don't need a car to survive at this school because everything is within walking distance. Everything in the entire town is within walking distance. On the negative side of things, because this town is so small, you might go a little crazy if you don't go to other towns nearby which are not in walking distance. So even though a car isn't necessary, it's definitely nice to have. It's getting a B- though because often times there is no place to park. You don't get a reserved spot even thought you paid for your ticket and so really it's first come, first serve and you may end up having to park far away ontop of a gigantic hill you have to walk up if you ever want to leave the village of Alfred.
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-25T03:54:47Z
College Sophomore 2012-11-18T15:21:57Z
There are many different kinds of people. There are also many different clubs to support these groups of people that might not have been supported back home. However at times professors seen to push political views.
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-12T04:46:43Z
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Recent Alumnus 2012-11-12T04:42:27Z
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College Freshman 2012-10-15T16:41:37Z
When compared to other colleges I've eaten at Alfred isn't the best by any means, however the food is very edible and they offer a decent variety given the relatively small size of the school. The small cafes they have on campus are pretty good on the other hand and there are a few nice places to eat within walking distance.
College Freshman 2012-10-15T16:36:11Z
There are a good number of houses right near the campus where students are able to rent. Outside of these, however, some of the houses get pretty far from campus requiring a car.
College Freshman 2012-10-15T16:34:56Z
As a student in the Engineering department there are a ton of internship opportunities and almost all are paid.
College Freshman 2012-10-15T16:29:43Z
Parking on campus is relatively simple, however you do have to pay for a permit and parking is typically not very convenient. A large amount of the parking is up a large hill which can be a pain to hike up and down but due to the relatively small campus size the distance is not too terribly far from any class you may have. There are very good parking spots around the campus as well but these are fewer and fill up very quickly so unless you have a very early morning class it isn't practical to assume you can get one of these spots.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-13T02:20:18Z
Pretty Lousy – Not gonna lie, most of the on-campus housing is mediocre. The showers have little privacy, the halls are bleak, and some of the housing was meant to be temporary but has lasted several years past its sell-by. The best on-campus housing option is The Brick - a beautiful old building which still sports grotesque showers, but has all wood floors, wide halls and large, high-ceilinged rooms.
The worst part about on-campus housing is that unless you get a waiver, you have to stay on-campus for at least 3 years.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-13T02:13:56Z
Would Do It All Over Again – Yes, there are plenty of negatives to Alfred. It's remote. There's not enough parking. It has it's share of douchebags. However, you can't beat the sense of community AU has to offer. Where a small oasis in the middle of nowhere has an advantage over the city is in it's dedication to caring for each other, and its focus on making the most out of your education. There aren't the distractions of the city, which means you're spending your time either working or getting to know other students.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-13T02:09:05Z
Eating off-campus is far better than on-campus at AU. There is an excellent Japanese cafe for breakfast and lunch, Chinese, pizza, and american junk food for when drunk, along with the Terra Cotta cafe for studying.
For groceries, there is the Uni/Pujari Mart and Kinfolk, the local amazing organic grocery store.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-13T01:59:18Z
Financial aid was relatively straightforward. I received a scholarship and decent financial aid right off the batt, and haven't had trouble working with the financial aid office. I never tried to apply for work study, though, and I have heard that can be a frustrating process.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-13T01:55:58Z
Health & Safety:
Nothing to Write Home About – Safety on campus exists mainly because it's so small and the majority of students that stay have no reason to commit crimes. Theft tends to occur in the art school - supplies are expensive and easy to nick. Also, there is no campus-issued late-night transport for women or those too drunk to drive. All that said, I have never felt unsafe on campus.
The campus health center is a joke for anything more than a common cold. You'll end up getting referred to the nearest hospital.
However, the counseling services are excellent.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-31T13:36:18Z
Guys & Girls:
it' so interested, and take social life is also very good.
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