More and more students are making Alfred State College (ASC) their top choice. An astounding 98 percent of our graduates land a job and start their career or choose to further their education. That success is one reason why US News ranks ASC the No. 1 SUNY Regional College along with top marks for Social Mobility, Least Debt, Best Value, and Best for Vets.
Choose Your Career Path
Other colleges tell you to pick a major. Instead, we say find a career to match your interests.
See our full list of majors and choose from 4-year or 2-year degrees. If you're not sure yet, no worries. We also have tons of advice for undecided students. For working adults looking to add skills for a promotion or to change careers, online learning is flexible, affordable, and valuable.
Hit the ground running ®...
That's our motto at Alfred State. It started because employers kept telling us our graduates have career skills that outperform everyone else. A successful start for your new career is how you will "hit the ground running..."
Every program at Alfred State includes project-based education, hands-on learning, and individual attention to empower you to land a great job or be your own boss. To help you build your career skills, we have hundreds of labs and hands-on opportunities.
The 2023 U.S. News & World Report Northern Regional Colleges list shows Alfred State No. 1 among SUNY schools and No. 6 among all public schools in the 11-state Northern Region. For multiple years, the college has achieved a military-friendly school accommodation and is ranked No. 1 on the Best Colleges for Veterans among SUNY and all NY regional colleges list.
Alfred State also placed an impressive No. 1 SUNY Best Value School among regional colleges. For those who started at another college and are eager now to join ASC, we offer advice and support for transfer students.
At Alfred State, you'll have full run of four fitness centers, an indoor swimming pool, 14 residential options along with student townhouses, dining choices in several locations, plus the hub of all activity is the state-of-the-art Student Leadership Center. The Pioneers compete in Division III NCAA athletics and an amazing assortment of clubs, sports, and student organizations add to the vibrancy and energy on campus.
Affordable and a Great Value
A college education is an investment, so you want to consider both the cost and benefits. We are very proud to keep our tuition and fees at a reasonable rate, below $8,900 for in-state students. At Alfred State, we offer an education that is both affordable and high-quality.
A campus population of approximately 3,500 students makes us "right-sized." Not too small to limit activities, and not too big or impersonal. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, professors know their students at Alfred State, so you'll receive the best preparation for a great career.
Make Yourself at Home
Our location offers jaw-dropping scenic beauty and many ways to enjoy the great outdoors. The area is so pristine and untamed that it's called the Western New York Wilds. Many students note that the rolling hills and unique environment allow them to focus more on studies with fewer distractions. Enjoy Letchworth State Park or the Finger Lakes within an hour's drive. Alfred is an easy driving distance to many locations:
|Letchworth Park, NY||1 hr|
|Rochester, NY||1.5 hr|
|Buffalo, NY||2 hr|
|Erie, PA||2 hr|
|Syracuse, NY||2.5 hr|
|Utica, NY||3 hr|
|Scranton, PA||3 hr|
|Cleveland, OH||3.5 hr|
|Toronto, ON||3.5 hr|
|Pittsburgh, PA||4 hr|
|Albany, NY||4.5 hr|
|Philadelphia, PA||5 hr|
|Columbus, OH||5.5 hr|
|Toledo, OH||5.5 hr|
|New York, NY||6 hr|
|Washington, DC||6 hr|
|Boston, MA||6.5 hr|
|Detroit, MI||6.5 hr|
|Richmond, VA||7 hr|
|Cincinnati, OH||7.5 hr|
|Indianapolis, IN||8 hr|
|Chicago, IL||8.5 hr|
*Drive time estimates from Apple Maps.
|Letchworth Park, NY||1 hr||Rochester, NY||1.5 hr|
|Buffalo, NY||2 hr||Syracuse, NY||2.5 hr|
|Scranton, PA||3 hr||Toronto, ON||3.5 hr|
|Pittsburgh, PA||4 hr||Albany, NY||4.5 hr|
|Adirondacks, NY||5 hr||Philadelphia, PA||5.5 hr|
|Washington, DC||6 hr||New York, NY||6.5 hr|
|Montreal, QB||7 hr||Cincinnati, OH||7.5 hr|
|Indianapolis, IN||8 hr||Louisville, KY||8.5 hr|
Student Success Stories
Kaitlin Rabenstein | Network Administration
Kaitlin is excited to apply the knowledge that she learned in the workplace.
As an Alfred State network administration student, Kaitlin has had plenty of valuable hands-on learning experiences, whether it's participating in tech competitions, joining the Pioneer Security Team, or developing an app to help raise awareness about phishing scams.
Kaitlin definitely feels that Alfred State is preparing her to be successful in her career.
Kiara Edwards | Vet Tech
Kiara loves working with animals.
When searching for vet tech majors in New York State, Kiara came across Alfred State's program and discovered how hands on it is. This greatly appealed to her, as did the fact that the college has its own farm and Vet Tech Center.
“This was my first choice. I was really excited.”
This is a tough program, but at the end, you come out the best veterinary technician that you can be.
Looking back, Kiara knows she made the right choice.
Brian Hierl | Nursing
Brian felt very comfortable when he returned to school as an adult learner.
After completing 24 years of service in the Air Force, Brian knew he wanted to go to school for nursing.
Researching the school in general, everything I saw said that they are very action-oriented, meaning they focus on the skills you need to have to actually perform. The hands-on experience was very important.
This field, he noted, would give him opportunities to progress and to help people. When conducting his college search, he looked into Alfred State, and came away impressed.
Nizair Evans | Heavy Equipment, Truck and Diesel Technology
Nizair is getting a hands-on education doing what he loves - working on large vehicles.
“My knowledge is through the roof now. Before, when I first got here, I had just a basic overall knowledge of my field. Now, I can completely diagnose and go into depth about what I need to do if there's a problem.”
If you want to take your career path seriously, you need to come here.
Nizair strongly recommends his program to interested students.