Alfred University was founded in 1836 by liberal, independent thinkers who placed high value on education for all citizens. 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. Alfred University is the second oldest coeducational college in the United States and one of the earliest nineteenth century colleges to have enrolled African American and Native American students.
The mission of Alfred University is to provide excellent quality and enduring value through academic and co-curricular programming that is both intellectually challenging and practically relevant. We are culturally diverse and student-centered, and aim to serve an ever-changing student population. We seek students with the aspiration and dedication to do well for themselves and for their greater communities. Thus, we prepare our students with the knowledge, skills, and life-habits that will enable them to succeed, and to live lives of continuous personal growth and service to others. These outcomes are achieved through a commitment, by the entire Alfred University community, to teaching and research, the pursuit of scientific and technical expertise, artistic creativity, and humanistic learning.
Founded in 1836 as a select school, Alfred University is the second-oldest coeducational institution in the United States and the oldest in New York State. From the beginning, Alfred University took the unusual stance that everyone – regardless of gender, ethnicity or religion – deserved an equal education.
At Alfred University, you’re not relegated to a major and expected to take only prescribed courses in that major. We encourage you to take courses in other majors, or through our other colleges and schools. We offer a Track II major that lets you design your own major, combining your interests in unusual ways.