16 Facts About Alfred University


Alfred University is a private university in Alfred, New York.

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Alfred University was founded as a non-sectarian select school by Seventh Day Baptists.

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In 1836, Bethuel C Church, a Seventh Day Baptist, was asked to organize a college in Alfred and began teaching, receiving financial assistance from the Seventh Day Baptist Educational Society with resources, in part, from "Female Educational Societies" of local churches.

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The College of Ceramics remains part of the State University of New York system, while Alfred University maintains a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a College of Business in its private sector.

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Regardless of whether the connection is historically accurate, Alfred University has embraced King Alfred as a symbol of the school's educational values, and a statue of the king stands in the center of the campus quad.

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Alfred University has hosted guest lecturers, artists and musicians including Frederick Douglas, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Ghostface Killah.

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However, students attending Alfred University are still free to receive an Army ROTC contract with full tuition paid and attend military science classes through St Bonaventure University.

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Alfred University's mascot is the Saxon Lil' Alf, a knight in shining armor.

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Hot Dog Day, one of the largest yearly gatherings in Alfred University, was first organized in 1972 by Mark O'Meara and Eric Vaughn as a way to bring the community together, raise money for local charities, and improve the reputations of campus Greek life.

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Alfred University was mentioned on Saturday Night Live once in 1975 by host and Alfred University alumnus Robert Klein.

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Alfred University is known for its programs in ceramic art, ceramic engineering, glass engineering, and has an astronomy program with the 7-telescope Stull Observatory, which has one of the largest optical telescopes in New York state.

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Alfred University was once associated with the Seventh Day Baptist Church, until 1945 all presidents were admitted from among the seventh day Baptists, and had a school of theology.

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Alfred University has 47 majors across its four colleges and schools.

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AU has been granted chapters of a number of honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Alpha Lambda Delta; Alfred University has chapters of the service societies Alpha Phi Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa.

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At the time of closing in 2002, the Greek system at Alfred University included national and international fraternities Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Alpha Mu, Kappa Sigma, Alpha Chi Rho, Delta Sigma Phi, and Zeta Beta Tau; as well as local fraternities Kappa Psi Upsilon, and Klan Alpine.

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Alfred University teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III, with the exception of alpine skiing which is governed by the USCSA and the equestrian team which is governed by the IHSA.

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