Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York state, Alfred University is unique in that it offers an internationally-renowned College of Ceramics, a School of Engineering, a Business School, and a school of Art & Design, as well as a full curriculum in the Arts and Sciences. Innovation shapes the academic program that is focused on a professional education with an emphasis on applied and experiential learning (APEX) at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Top programs include Ceramic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Art & Design, Business Administration, Marketing, Glass Engineering, Science, Accounting, and Psychology. The campus consists of a charming, close-knit group of modern and Georgian brick buildings, along with a stone castle. All students enjoy small classes and the quality of teaching is exceptional.
Though it is private, Alfred University is the “host school” for the New York State College of Ceramics, which offers public university pricing. The area of ceramic engineering brings international recognition to the university. The School of Art & Design also is highly regarded, offering programs in ceramics, glass, print-making, sculpture, and video. The School of Business is highly regarded, providing students with work experience through a Small Business Institute where students engage in real world business issues with real clients.
With 1,700 undergraduate students and 140 graduate students, Alfred University is ranked by US News & World Report in the top tier of Reginal Universities in the northeastern United States, listed in the Fiske Guide to The Best Colleges in the United States, naming Alfred University one of the "Best Buys" nationally among 24 private institutions and is ranked by Fiske among the nation’s Small Colleges and Universities that are strongest in Art & Design and Engineering. Numerous other accolades for Alfred University are cited here:
Best College Reviews ranked Alfred University in "The Top 50 Best Small Colleges 2017-2018"
Alfred University scored on par with Princeton and better than Yale and Dartmouth in the Brookings Institution’s “value added” assessment of about 4,000 schools nationwide. It also was the best-rated school in Western New York.
Alfred University's Master of Fine Arts degree program in ceramic art leads the national rankings list of similar curriculums, according to US News & World Report’s 2016 edition of "Best Graduate Schools."
Alfred University is ranked as the #6 "Great School at a Great Price" in the Northern U.S. among comparable masters degree-granting institutions, according to US News & World Report's annual college guide.
Finally, Alfred University's masters degree programs in business administration (MBA) are included in the Princeton Review's annual "The Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition."