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Alfred State, a residential college of technology, provides career-focused education enriched by the liberal arts.  With more than 65 dynamic majors—offering engaging course work in both traditional classrooms and the real world—Alfred State provides students with unparalleled preparation.


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Commencement is May 15

105th annual Commencement, image of mother and a daughter

Men's Woodsmen Team Wins

Pioneer Woodsmen's team at the 70th annual northeast conclave, sawing a log

MacKenzie Project

MacKenzie Makeover, Phase one: East Tower Renovations, Central Quad Reinvented

Hot Dog Day

45th annual hot dog day

New Major - Health Sciences

female student looking into a microscope
Hot Dog Day 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 11:00

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Alfred State

Baseball vs. PSU Behrend 1:00 PM
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 13:00

1:00 PM - Pioneer Baseball Complex

Baseball vs. Houghton 4:00 PM
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 16:00

4:00 PM - Pioneer Baseball Complex

Last Day to Withdraw/Leave 4:00 PM
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 16:00

4:00 PM

Alfred Classes End 10:00 PM
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 22:00

10:00 PM

Reading and Study Day All day event
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 00:00

All day event

I Love My Park Day of Service 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 09:00

9:00 AM to 3:30 PM: Join us in volunteering at to maintain trails and do other maintenance to keep our local Parks beautiful. This is a...

Final Exams and Scheduled Classes All day event
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 00:00

All day event

MacKenzie Construction Project Unveiling 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 15:00

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Park Space at SLC: Alfred State will unveil plans for renovating our largest residence hall and you are invited! On...

Final Exams and Scheduled Classes All day event
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 00:00

All day event

Final Exams and Scheduled Classes All day event
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 00:00

All day event

Final Exams and Scheduled Classes All day event
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 00:00

All day event

Rochester Alumni Monroe Golf Club Breakfast 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 08:30

8:30 AM to 10:30 AM - Monroe Golf Club, Vista South Ballroom, Pittsford, NY: Rochester AlumniStart the day out right -- please be our guest...

Final Exams and Scheduled Classes All day event
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 00:00

All day event

Wellsville Classes End 10:00 PM
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 22:00

10:00 PM

Commencement 12:00 PM
Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 12:00

12:00 PM - Athletic Field

Residence Halls Close 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 19:00

7:00 PM

Final Grades must be posted on Banner 11:00 AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 11:00

11:00 AM

Final Graduation Lists Due to Registrar All day event
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 00:00

All day event

Alfred State Golf Tournament - "The Pioneer Drive" All day event
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 00:00

All day event - Twin Hickory Golf Club, 1799 County Rd. 109, Hornell, NY 14843: 2nd Annual Alfred State Golf Tournament - "The Pioneer Drive"...

Orientation Overnight Experience 5:00 PM
Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 17:00

5:00 PM: The overnight experience is optional and limited to 110 students in addition to family members/guardians. Students may register for...

New Student Orientation 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Monday, July 11, 2016 - 08:00

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM - Orvis Activities Center

New Student Orientation 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday, July 15, 2016 - 08:00

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM - Orvis Activities Center

Orientation Overnight Experience 5:00 PM
Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 17:00

5:00 PM: The overnight experience is optional and limited to 110 students in addition to family members/guardians. Students may register for...

New Student Orientation 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Monday, July 18, 2016 - 08:00

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM - Orvis Activities Center

Fast Facts
22 Baccalaureate Degrees: BTech, BS, BBA, BArch
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Alfred State was ranked fourth on Accredited Schools Online’s list of Best Online Schools in New York for 2015-2016.Alfred State was ranked fourth on Accredited Schools Online’s list of Best Online Schools in New York for 2015-2016.
Ninety-nine percent employment and continuing education rate. Thirty-nine percent pursued advanced degrees, sixty percent are employed (ninety-six percent of those are in there chosen field) Ninety-nine percent employment and continuing education rate. Thirty-nine percent pursued advanced degrees, sixty percent are employed (ninety-six percent of those are in there chosen field)
Pioneer Athletics
18 NCAA DIII TEAMS: Baseball, men's and women's basketball, cross country, football, lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, swimming, track & field, volleyball, wrestling.Pioneer Athletics
18 NCAA DIII TEAMS: Baseball, men's and women's basketball, cross country, football, lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, swimming, track & field, volleyball, wrestling.
100+ clubs and organizations100+ clubs and organizations
Pioneer Profiles
Jordon Williams

“The hands-on aspect at Alfred State has helped me get ready for the career I want because we’re getting all of that information that we need, all that training that we need, besides just reading from a book. We’re getting that hands-on experience that employers are looking for.”

Jordon Williams

Jordon Williams

Electrical Construction and Maintenance Electrician, ‘15

Williams said he would like to become a wind turbine technician after graduating from Alfred State. He said the faculty have helped him out tremendously and that the college has given him the knowledge and confidence he needs to have when entering the workforce.

After completing his service in the Marine Corps, Jordon Williams began researching colleges to attend.His search ultimately brought him to Alfred State.“It had the best program for what I wanted to do.”Williams said he would like to become a wind turbine technician after graduating from Alfred State. He said the faculty have helped him out tremendously and that the college has given him the knowledge and confidence he needs to have when entering the workforce.

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Patty Padilla

“In my head I always had all these ideas and stories; this major helps me organize my thoughts and share them with the world.”

Patty Padilla

Patty Padilla

Digital Media and Animation, ‘15

Patty Padilla, a Manhattan resident, came to Alfred State undecided until she met a student in the Digital Media and Animation Department.

“In my head I always had all these ideas and stories; this major helps me organize my thoughts and share them with the world.”

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Chad Dispenza

“All of the experiences (I’ve had), in terms of leadership opportunities, in terms of involvement, in terms of getting out of my shell, trying new things, all of the things that have really become my strengths, were from opportunities I had at Alfred State,” he said, “and that’s just from stepping up and getting involved.”

Chad Dispenza

Chad Dispenza

Information technology: web development, ‘06

Dispenza became less shy through getting involved with many clubs and organizations on campus.

In his senior year of high school, Buffalo native Chad Dispenza was voted shyest person in his class.But once he came to Alfred State, he came out of his shell.“At the football games, every time we scored a touchdown, I would run down onto the field and do as many sit-ups as we would have points,” he said, “and the cheerleaders would yell at me.”

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Pioneer Profiles
Mary Huntington

“I just go to things, just to make a presence, because I enjoy what the college has.”

Mary Huntington

Mary Huntington

First lady of Alfred State from 1964 to 1986

An enduring and endearing presence

You may have seen her at an Alfred State sporting event, at Commencement, or exercising at the Orvis Strength and Conditioning Center.

Mary Huntington has had a strong presence at Alfred State and the nearby community since 1964, when she became first lady of the college after her husband, David, took over as the school’s seventh president. David Huntington, for whom the Huntington Administration Building on the Alfred campus is named, served as head of the college until 1986.


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Pioneer Profiles
Travis Harvey

“I heard about how good the major here was, and it was really one of the few schools that offered it with both hands-on training and the green building aspect.”

Travis Harvey

Travis Harvey

Building Construction, ’14, Technology Management, ’16

West Almond native Travis Harvey is passionate about all things green—from renewable energy and resources to green building techniques. “I think it’s the future, it’s where things are going, and it just makes sense.”

Travis was attracted to the building construction major at Alfred State because of the incredible hands-on learning opportunities it offers. “I heard about how good the major here was, and it was really one of the few schools that offered it with both hands-on training and the green building aspect.”

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Pioneer Profiles
Christy Dodd

"I have a really broad idea of my passions, but, for the most part, I want to have a life I’m proud of. I want to be successful in everything I do. So, I equate my passion with achieving my aspirations."

Christy Dodd

Christy Dodd

Forensic Science Technology, ‘16

This forensic science major has big dreams—and she’s making them come true at Alfred State.

Christy Dodd is a force to be reckoned with. She’s been entertainment chair for the Alfred Programing Board, communications chair for Civic Engagement Advocates, a student ambassador, a gold level in the Emerging Pioneer Leadership Program, a member of the honors program, and she’s on the swim team.

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Bill Buckner

“I think you learn a lot more by doing.”

Bill Buckner

Bill Buckner

Building Trades: Building Construction, ‘15

Alfred State, Buckner said, is very veteran-friendly. He said what he enjoys most about the college is, without question, the hands-on aspect.

When former Army Master Sgt. Bill Buckner decided to attend college to learn building trades, he wanted some hands-on work, rather than sitting in a classroom all day, so he chose to earn his degree at Alfred State.“I didn’t want to write a whole bunch of papers. In my major, you sit in a classroom for an hour or two in the morning and then you apply what you’ve been taught. Plus, you’re more active.”

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Pioneer Profiles
Ryan Dontoh

“I was put into an environment that I call a ‘practice job’ and I came out the other side with the utmost confidence in my abilities. The real-world work on vehicles combined with the history, technical knowledge, and explanations as to why we do what we do, was a great learning experience.”

Ryan Dontoh

Ryan Dontoh

Autobody repair, ‘13

In his major, Ryan had the opportunity to gain live, hands-on experience as a technician, and work alongside instructors that were very well-versed in their field.

Ryan Dontoh can attest that Alfred State played a huge role in helping him become the person he is today.The Dryden native is now employed as a senior build technician at Local Motors, Inc. out of Phoenix, AZ, a company he established a relationship with while taking part in the Fireball Run competition as an Alfred State student. Also, joining the Psi Delta Omega Fraternity and the Emerging Pioneers Leadership Program (EPLP), he says, helped make him into a leader.

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Pioneer Profiles
Zach Diangelo

“Having two degrees will make me a more competitive job applicant. The more versatile you are and the more you know, the more marketable you are.”

Zach Diangelo

Zach Diangelo

Automotive Technology, '14, Heavy Equipment: Truck and Diesel Technician, '16

Zach Diangelo, of Nunda, has a love of all things fast, powerful, and four-wheeled.

“I really love working on cars. I love seeing how I can make them go faster and be more powerful. My dream is to work on Lamborghinis and Mercedes.”In his automotive service technician major at Alfred State, hands-on learning is key. “You’re working on live customer vehicles and troubleshooting real problems. You’re out there figuring out what you need to do just like you would on the job. Hands-on learning and knowing the vehicles from the ground up makes a big difference.”

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Lisa Reynolds

"Online classes are different. They offer a lot of flexibility. I can sit down at the end of the nightshift and work on them. Or during a lunch break, I can sit down for a half an hour and work on a discussion board. It takes a lot of self-discipline, but it’s really great for someone who has a busy schedule."

Lisa Reynolds

Lisa Reynolds

Nursing BSN, '13, Chemical Dependency Rehab, New Horizons Inpatient at Binghamton General

Lisa Reynolds will be the first to tell you, nursing wasn't her first choice. In fact, she had a lot of conflicting ideas about what to do with her life before entering college.

“To be honest, I sort of fell into nursing as a major. I looked at a lot of schools, thought about pre-med, law enforcement, everything. In high school I considered psychology as well,” Lisa says. Today she’s a 2013 graduate of the nursing bachelor’s degree program at Alfred State, and she’s working in the dynamic field of psychiatric nursing at one of the largest hospitals in Binghamton, N.Y.

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Roger O’Toole

“Everything I learned in class I’m using every day of the week out here. The professors are also licensed surveyors who take a lot of pride in what they do and the organizations they are a part of. I frequently go to professional meetings myself, and my professors are always there, eager to introduce me to people they know in the industry.”

Roger O’Toole

Roger O’Toole

Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Technology, ’14

After 15 years dreaming of going back to school, Roger O’Toole of Dansville took the leap and applied to Alfred State. 

Although he holds a degree in forestry, the college’s four-year, ABET accredited program in surveying and geomatics engineering technology was a better fit for his career aspirations.

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Courtney Cardinal

“My years at Alfred State provided me the opportunity to grow as a person and as a student, creating the work ethic I needed to prepare me for the tedious and hard work that was expected of me at college, and now even more so in the doctorate program I am currently in.”

Courtney Cardinal

Courtney Cardinal

Forensic science technology (BS), biological science (AAS), ‘13

Courtney Cardinal, of Depew, will be the first to tell you that her strong work ethic and leadership skills were the direct result of her programs and getting involved on campus.

A 2013 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recipient, Courtney joined Student Senate as the activities chair and later became president of that organization. In addition, she co-founded Live to Fight, a group that brings awareness to all types of cancer and terminal diseases.

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Taylor Battaglia

“I had a job offer in hand and signed and was ready to go, which was a huge relief because I didn’t have to do any job searching when I was all done with college.”

Taylor Battaglia

Taylor Battaglia

Mechanical Engineering Technology (BS), '10

For Taylor Battaglia, the hands-on learning he received at Alfred State was invaluable once he entered the workforce.

“I think Alfred State really gave me the experience of what it would be like to be working, partially because it wasn’t just sit down, have someone talk at you for an hour,” Taylor said. “It’s one thing to look at it in a textbook, but it’s another thing to actually hold it in your hand. It’s a totally different experience.”

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Emily Slayton

"I wanted to spend more time under the hood rather than just rushing through the theory."

Emily Slayton

Emily Slayton

Welding Technology, '15

“I’m a girl working in what people think of as a man’s field, but I’ve never let that define me,” says Avoca resident Emily Slayton. “I found a lot of respect and support at Alfred State.”

Emily discovered her talent for welding in high school and chose Alfred State because she wanted an education that would give her the experience she needed to be confident entering the field.“I didn’t just want the piece of paper. I wanted a good degree with an in-depth education and real experience. I wanted to spend more time under the hood rather than just rushing through the theory. And we have really awesome professors who come from all walks of life and different trades. When we do get out in the real world, we’ll definitely be more prepared for it.”

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Dr. Aniko Constantine

“I feel as if I make a difference in the quality of their writing, their ability to graduate from Alfred State, and their ability to work at a job at some point in the future, where their writing skills are going to be called upon and their communication skills are going to be asked for.”

Dr. Aniko Constantine

Dr. Aniko Constantine

Getting to know Annie

Dr. Aniko Constantine’s true legacy is her impact on students.

In her 40-plus years of teaching English at Alfred State, Dr. Aniko Constantine has won awards, become a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, and donated money for scholarships and a legacy gift in the form of a $100,000 annuity.Yet Constantine’s true legacy isn’t measured in achievements or dollars and cents, but rather by the impact she has had on her students.Play video

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Al Styrcula

“As a result of that education that I had received at Alfred State, I just stayed in my field and I found it very enjoyable and it became very successful for me.”

Al Styrcula

Al Styrcula

General business management, '59

When Albert Styrcula entered the workforce in 1959, he was fresh out of college, having just graduated that year from Alfred State with an associate degree in general business management.

He started out at Foodcraft Inc., a small processing and distribution company that dealt in dairy products. His jobs varied from accounting work to driving trucks to delivering milk to washing bottles.However, by 1972, Styrcula had worked his way up to the top of Foodcraft, becoming CEO and chairman of the board, positions he held until 1988, when Uni-Marts Inc. acquired the company. During that time, the company’s sales increased from $2 million to $50 million under Styrcula’s leadership.

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Dr. James Ferry

"The one thing that hasn't changed viscerally at Alfred State," said Ferry, "is the culture; faculty are here because they want to teach students and foster their full potentials."

Dr. James Ferry

Dr. James Ferry

Agronomy (AAS), '63

James and Marilyn Ferry donated $10,000 to support the James G. and Marilyn A. Ferry Endowed Scholarship.

Dr. Ferry received his AAS degree in agronomy from Alfred State in 1963 followed by BS and MS degrees from the University of Georgia. He continued his education with a PhD degree in biochemistry from the University of Illinois in 1974. He was appointed assistant professor of microbiology at Virginia Tech in 1976, where he rose to the rank of professor.

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Financing Your Future
An Alfred State education is high quality—ranked sixth among top public schools and 19 among top colleges and universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report—but it’s also an investment with a reasonable price tag. An Alfred State education is high quality—ranked sixth among top public schools and 19 among top colleges and universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report—but it’s also an investment with a reasonable price tag.
Over 89% of our student body receives some type of financial assistance, sharing in more than $48M in financial aid annually.
Our grads aren’t walking away with overwhelming debt; they’re walking away with job offers. Compare the cost of colleges you’re considering!
Offering scholarships totaling $4.1M in various categories, based on merit, with no need to repay!
Amazing out-of-state tuition rate! Our cost for out-of-state baccalaureate tuition & fees is 22% lower than the national average*.
*Data source, the College BoardAmazing out-of-state tuition rate! Our cost for out-of-state baccalaureate tuition & fees is 22% lower than the national average*.
*Data source, the College Board