Alfred State College

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Coordinates: 42°15′15.71″N 77°47′18.38″W / 42.2543639°N 77.7884389°W / 42.2543639; -77.7884389

Alfred State College
MottoHit the ground running...
TypePublic college
Established1908; 113 years ago (1908)
Parent institution
State University of New York
PresidentIrby "Skip" D. Sullivan
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States
260 acres (1.1 km2)
ColorsBlue and Gold
Aerial view of Alfred State taken in April 2006. Alfred University is shown in the upper right and Alfred, New York appears to the right

Alfred State College (ASC, SUNY Alfred, SUNY Alfred State) is a public college in Alfred, New York. It is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The college, formerly the Technical College at Alfred, now grants baccalaureate degrees in 29 areas, associate degrees in 49 areas, and certificates. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is a member of the Rochester Area Colleges consortium.


Both Alfred University and Alfred State have their roots in an early teaching college called the Alfred Select School. The school was visionary in its equal opportunity policy. In 1908 President Boothe C. Davis of Alfred University persuaded the New York State legislature to locate the New York State School of Agriculture at the Alfred University Campus; the resulting allocation of $75,000 for three buildings, a farm, livestock, and machinery would set plans for the school in motion. In 1941 the school was given Junior College status, and renamed the New York State Agricultural and Technical College at Alfred.

In 1948 the enrollment grew to such large numbers that the state government decided to allow it room to expand, moving the school across Main Street from Alfred University, where it remains today. In addition to a new campus would come greater autonomy, meaning that Alfred would now have two state-funded schools and one private university.

Schools and departments[edit]

Alfred State offers 80 majors in the arts, applied technology, architecture and management and engineering technology. Teaching staff are in a 17:1 ratio to students, and are generally well-educated in their field, while maintaining ties to their profession.

The college is divided into the following schools:

  • The School of Arts & Sciences
  • The School of Applied Technology (located at the Wellsville campus)
  • The School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology

Annual festivals[edit]

In 1972 two students started a charity festival titled "Hot Dog Day." This festival was to be a charity fundraiser for the area. Now held in the third weekend of April, Hot Dog Day is a yearly celebration coordinated through both Alfred University and Alfred State.

Beginning in the fall of 2008, Alfred State began hosting its annual Homecoming and Family Weekend Celebration.

Student government[edit]

The Student Senate of Alfred State[2] administers over half a million dollars in club and administrative funds through the Student Activity Fee. Student Senate supports, facilitates, and leads its clubs and organizations through an annual Leadership Retreat, weekly leadership seminars, and various special projects. In addition to funding, Student Senate allows students of both Wellsville and Alfred main campus to participate in collaborative decision-making processes. The Student Senate General Assembly has voting rights on the board of trustees of the college, known as the College Council, through its College Council Representative. The Student Senate General Assembly also has a voice on the Faculty Senate with a non-voting member but has voting members on many committees including the Academic Affairs Committee. They also have three members on the Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services board of directors.

Facilities and construction[edit]

Founded with three buildings, a farm, and some livestock, Alfred State has expanded to include 13 residence halls, state-of-the-art smart classrooms, a motorsports facility, an organic farm, the Orvis Activities Center, as well as a second campus of Applied Technology located in Wellsville, NY.

Pioneer Stadium accommodates Soccer and Football, and is surrounded by an 8-lane running track. Facilities also include a Central Dining Hall, a 150-bed townhouse complex, an Engineering Technology Building, and a Student Leadership Center.[3]

Greek life[edit]

Currently 6 fraternities and 6 sororities are recognized by the college and Greek Senate:The Gamma Chapter of the Theta Gamma Fraternity (ΓΘΓ), Kappa Sigma Epsilon (ΚΣΕ) fraternity, Mu Theta (ΜΘ) fraternity, Psi Delta Omega (ΨΔΩ) fraternity,[4] Psi Sigma Psi (ΨΣΨ) sorority, Alpha Beta Chi (ABX) sorority, Pi Nu Epsilon (ΠΝΕ) sorority, Delta Chi Omega (ΔΧΩ) sorority, Alpha Sigma (ΑΣ) sorority, and Zeta Psi Omega (ΖΨΩ) sorority are all fully recognized by the college.

Greek Senate has developed an autonomous Greek Judicial Board which allows for the full self-governance of the Alfred Greek System, adjudicating cases of organizational misconduct. Hazing is not allowable by any organization on campus (enforced by state law), but most especially in any fraternity or sorority. Regardless of recognition status all members of the campus community are expected to abide by college policy and all applicable laws.

Museums and galleries[edit]

The Bret Llewellyn Art Gallery at SUNY Alfred State in Alfred, NY, founded in 2010, is located in the campus Engineering Technology Building.


Alfred State is a member of the Division III level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Athletic Department is also a member of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference, the Colonial States Athletic Conference, and the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference.

Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, swimming & diving, track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, track & field and volleyball.

The college was a longtime member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The NCAA Division III Management Council announced in April 2013 that Alfred State has been accepted as provisional members. The announcement moved Alfred State into NCAA Division III competition, effective in the 2013–14 school year. Alfred State became a full member of Division III of the NCAA in the summer of 2018.


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  2. ^ "Alfred State Student Senate".
  3. ^ Alfred State Student Leadership Center
  4. ^ Greek Life.

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