Recent Alumnus 2012-04-03T00:02:20Z
Campus is most strict about probably underage drinking and drug use in campus dorms, which is completely understandable. Punishment isn't very bad until your third strike, which can lead to expulsion.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-02T23:54:08Z
Idyllic Campus and Ceramic Paradise – Point blank, Alfred has the best and largest ceramics program in the country. But if planning on coming here for art, the school also offers a rich diversity of other topics of study that allows a more differentiation in friends and classes versus just art schools. The art program for me was also the best, as it is more open than a lot of other programs out there, as there are no concentrations declared, allowing more freedom in artistic exploration and study.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-02T14:50:01Z
Although I have never rode them, there are coach busses that will take people to NYC. The cost is unknown to me. Other transportation include shuttle services that take you to near by towns and one that tours the Allegheny area for only a few dollars.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-02T14:48:45Z
Parking is fairly accessible. There are a good amount of parking spaces...no less than the allocated permits. Permits cost $90, from what I have heard from friends at very large colleges, it is a great price. Tickets are issued when parked illegally (handicapped spot), or in a faculty spot which is reasonable. Any place on campus is walkable within 10 minutes. Cars are a huge luxury at Alfred, we are tucked back in a rural setting and to get to the nearest "city" is about 10 miles north. A car is very useful but there are shuttle services that take you there too.
College Senior 2012-04-02T14:48:29Z
Night Life – There is always something to do on and off campus which is always fun.
College Senior 2012-04-02T14:45:37Z
Here at Alfred University there is diversity and it is well accepted. All students are exposed to new cultures and new learnign experiences.
Recent Alumnus 2012-04-02T14:44:49Z
There is a lot of pot smoking going around Alfred. Not that it is a huge detrimental aspect to the University, just an observation that I have had. Being an RA you get to see some of the behind the scenes things going on around campus. Just like any other college or university, there will be pot and alcohol. Peer Pressure is a shadowy subject, you do not necessarily see it but I am sure it must go on. Policy enforcement is more of an action to keep people safe and to ensure that no one is endangering themselves or others. We really have a great system at Alfred. The alcohol definitely takes the trump card on visibility and in general consumption. Needless to say any more, at Alfred you can be who you are, whether that is a straight edge student, a pot smoker, or a social drinker..no one really judges you.
College Senior 2012-04-02T14:44:20Z
Off Campus – There is a lot of off campus living avaliable, cost is high but students are willing to pay.
College Senior 2012-04-02T12:09:20Z
If You Want It, You Will Find It. This is less about the campus, and more about the individual. Just like at any other campus, if a student wants to find a drug culture, they will be able to. this does not mean they have to however, and I have never felt pressured at Alfred.
College Senior 2012-04-02T12:07:35Z
There Are Too Many Freshmen! Although the housing accommodations are in reality very nice at Alfred, there are too many incoming students and this is causing a lack of rewards for deserving upperclassmen.
College Senior 2012-04-02T12:04:43Z
Health & Safety:
No matter what time at night I have never felt unsafe on campus at Alfred University. Public safety is there if anything is to happen, although I doubt it ever will.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-30T13:30:24Z
At Alfred University we've got a lot of diversity. Not only are our American students diverse, we've got a lot of international students as well. People from all over the country come to this school, so we've got a lot of differences in economic backgrounds, we've got a lot of diversity in ethnicity and race, we've got people who don't have the same religious beliefs, we've got gays, lesbians, and transgender students, and we're still one big family. We're huge on acceptance. We've got a club/organization called Drawn to Diversity where they work with all different types of students to come up with solutions that involve acceptance.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-30T13:25:40Z
Off-Campus Living – As an RA, and a student with a housing grant, I've never really felt the urge to live off campus, until my senior year. But all my friends live off campus. And unlike a lot of cities and other schools, our off-campus living is relatively cheap. I mean Alfred is a very small town, a lot of people have never even heard of us, but the people in the town rent out houses to students. So you can have 3 or more people sometimes living in a house, which brings down the cost of living even more, which is really good.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-30T13:22:06Z
Best Places to Check Out – Alfred is a very small town but it still does try to offer a lot to it's students. We've got Nana's Japanese, Fox's Pizza, The Collegiate (the Jet), Terra Cotta Coffee House, Panda Chinese Food, Hot Diggity Dog, Uncle Alfred's Sub Shop, and B.B. Shenanigans, All are priced reasonably and decent food.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-30T12:46:28Z
Off Campus Food Options – The food is good. I think it is average priced. It would be nice to have a grocery store closer. Or a pharmacy that is open on the weekends. There are no student discounts.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-30T12:44:51Z
There seems to be alot of grease used when cooking the food. Some days most options are fried. I would like healther options. They are redoing alot next year and have student input so that is good.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-30T12:41:09Z
Art and Design – Not many outside oppertunities. Studios are good. Some projrams get more recognition than others.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-30T12:19:34Z
Small Town – I'm from an urban area, so when I first came to Alfred I realized how laid back and homey it was. I enjoy the quiet atmosphere during the day and the student life at night.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-30T12:17:58Z
Art and Design – It's a lot of hard work and everything that you do is very subjective. It is hard sometimes because if the professor doesn't like how your art is, then you get a bad grade.
Overall it isn't so bad, but art is a hard field and I don't always feel prepared.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-30T00:54:06Z
I received a decent amount of financial aid, but most of my money came from academic scholarships. I would have wished to receive a little bit more. On the bright side a lot of people I know receive financial aid to live off campus which is a plus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-30T00:48:33Z
You can get away with drinking in your room as long as you're not making noise. Depending on the RA you may just be told to do it elsewhere or you could be written up and get in trouble.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-30T00:46:38Z
Campus Life – Living on campus is convenient, you're right on campus so you're close to campus and dining halls. All doubles or 4 person suites or apartments which is nice.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-30T00:00:59Z
Dumb Public Safety – Noise complaints are enforced heavily. Even if you and your friends stay in for the night instead of running amuck around campus, if your neighbors complain, public safety busts in your dorm. There have been a few times when there was no complaint, but they heard the word "Beer" and decided to stop in and see what was up. Violation of freedom of speech. college students say "beer" all the time, it doesn't mean they're consuming it at the point in conversation.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-29T23:47:21Z
The housing policy keeps changing, and it's not always for the better. They now require students to live on campus for 3 years, making the senior year very competitive for living off campus. Some juniors are able to live off campus but they're not notified until June/July, when all seniors have already secured their housing, making very few options for juniors. Many students also therefore do not have the option of looking at available places because they're not local. The on campus housing is in decent shape and are at decent locations, but its really difficult to host night events because publi safety is very strict about noise complaints. Off campus is much easier for late night parties.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-29T23:47:05Z
The freshman dorms are a good location, pretty central on campus. the sophomores unites are nice because you live with 6 people, however the suites are in the very most upper left part of campus, it;s up a really steep hill and quite the hike. The ford street apartments for juniors and seniors are nicer than the suites, and in a better location with a full kitchen. i wish the rooms and closets were bigger though in the apartments, and that the fire alarms weren't so sensitive. We have at least 3 instances each month due to smoky bacon or something of the sort.
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