Admissions News

Spring 2014

A Message from the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management

Deborah GoodrichWith spring right around the corner, I hope your seniors are in the thick of making their plans for next year and your juniors are considering life after high school.

It’s a fast-paced world we live in, and we understand how important it is to offer compelling career options at a great value. We are committed to offering students the opportunity for success. That’s why we continue to be excited about our 99 percent placement and transfer rate.

Come check out the latest and greatest of Alfred State. Bring a group to campus or come for an Open House program.

As always, our office is here to help. We’re just a phone call or email away. We would love to hear from you.

Welcome Dr. Skip Sullivan

Dr. Irby (Skip) SullivanDr. Sullivan joined Alfred State as president Jan. 2, 2014. Prior to joining Alfred State, he served as president of West Georgia Technical College from 2006 to 2013. Dr. Sullivan has been a manager at Bowman Transportation, Conway Southern Express, and Spartan Express. He has also served as dean and chief academic officer at Miller College from 2004 to 2006 and provost and CEO at Glenville State College from 2002 to 2004. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1979 from Tennessee Temple University, his master’s degree from Fort Valley State University (HBC) in 1995, and his Ed.D. from the University of Georgia in 1999.

Wait-listed Programs

Students are urged to apply to Alfred State as early as possible. Many of our most popular degree programs tend to reach full enrollment quickly.

Currently, culinary arts: baking & production management, heavy equipment operations, and heavy equipment: truck and diesel technician are on a waiting list for the fall 2014 semester. And spaces in nursing and air conditioning and heating technology are filling quickly.

Degrees commonly waitlisted include: nursing; culinary arts; culinary arts: baking, production, and management; welding technology; heavy equipment operations; heavy equipment: truck and diesel technician; automotive service technician; electrical construction and maintenance electrician; auto body repair; air conditioning and heating technology; motorsports technology; and veterinary technology.

Academic Excellence

Alfred State is quickly becoming the college of choice for students seeking a technology-focused education and the preferred college for employers seeking work-ready graduates. In fact, Alfred State is now fifth among top public schools/regional colleges in the North according to the 2013 U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” rankings and 17 on the list of top regional colleges in the North, up from 23 last year.

And we recognize and reward academic excellence among our students with scholarships and other honors, such as:

  • The Distinguished Scholars Program. These scholarships award up to free tuition (equivalent to NYS rate), room (standard room, double occupancy), and board (14-meal plan).
  • The honors program, available to incoming and current Alfred State students.
  • Advanced standing for qualified high school students through challenge exams, long-distance learning opportunities, and formal agreements.
  • Induction into a variety of other honor societies for outstanding students, including program and department-based societies.
  • The college Dean’s List.

Our Faculty are Field-tested

Sean HaggertySean Haggerty, ’98, motorsports technology assistant professor, spent 11 years working as a mechanic and front tire changer at Stewart-Haas Racing and at Sabco- Ganassi.

“The truth is I never want to see my students fail. I want every one of them to have a great experience like I did.”

This combination of recognizing excellence, attracting academically talented students, and quality among the faculty and staff, has proved to be a winning combination as evidenced by our exceptional 99 percent employment and transfer rate. Learn more about our faculty.

Alfred State Nationally Recognized for its Focus on Civic Engagement

Alfred State was selected to participate in a national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement last September. The college has been named a Lead Institution by NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession. We are one of just 70 colleges and universities in the nation to receive the honor.

students painting“Being recognized as a national leader in this field reflects our institutional commitment to civic leadership, the quality of our current efforts, and our ongoing commitment to inspiring students to develop innovative solutions to community challenges and opportunities,” said Director of the Center for Civic Engagement Jonathan Hilsher.

Alfred State’s commitment to civic engagement is deeply embedded in the college’s unique approach to education through project-based learning experiences. By coupling real-world learning situations with a focus on meaningful civic engagement opportunities, Alfred State students are able to make significant contributions to communities around the world and are frequently among the first to lend their skills and knowledge to those in need, including communities devastated by Super Storm Sandy and Haitian communities recovering from the 2010 earthquake. Last year, more than 2,000 Alfred State students contributed more than 46,000 hours of service, civic leadership, and workforce-ready knowledge to communities in need.

As a participating institution in NASPA’s initiative, Alfred State will continue to encourage students’ civic development through thoughtful community partnerships, engaging leadership opportunities, and democratic participation.

Academic Spotlight

People used to say American manufacturing is dead. Those people are awfully quiet these days. In fact, according to a recent story by Business Insider, for the first time in decades, the trend of relocating manufacturing offshore is starting to reverse. Employment opportunities for designers like Drafting/ CAD professionals are incredibly high, especially throughout western and central New York (Buffalo, Rochester, Ithaca, and Albany) and in Florida. And an Alfred State degree carries an uncommon reputation for excellence among many employers because of our focus on project-based, real world learning experiences. Starting salaries in this field are also strong, averaging $56,000 annually. The college’s associate-level program offers concentrations in computeraided drafting, model building and process piping drawing, or technical illustration. For the first time in decades, the trend of relocating manufacturing offshore is starting to reverse.

Surveying & Geomatics Engineering Tech
Land surveyors determine boundaries, but they also reveal possibilities. Most governmental agencies, private industries, and individuals will require surveying and mapping of natural resources at some point. The work of surveyors is also an integral part of planning transportation systems, recreational facilities, new cities, and land subdivisions. In modern times, the surveyor relies on cutting edge technology—electronic total stations, computers, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Land Information Systems (LIS). This course of study at Alfred State leads to a bachelor’s degree and provides a thorough understanding of the basic sciences of mathematics and physics as well as applied subjects such as graphics and computer-aided drafting and design. The knowledge obtained from these basic courses is applied to a well-rounded study of modern surveying theory and practice.


Once a student is accepted, they are given 30 days to submit their deposit to hold both a space in their program and a space in a residence hall. The deposit is also used to secure any scholarship funds a student may have been awarded. The deposit is fully refundable up until May 1. To receive a deposit refund, the student must contact us in writing on or before May 1. Students and families who may be unable to pay the deposit due to extreme financial hardship are encouraged to call the Admissions Office and speak with an admissions counselor about their options.


While Alfred State does not have an application deadline, students are encouraged to submit their applications and supplemental materials as soon as possible. We began sending decision letters out in late October. When students apply they can expect about a four-week turnaround.

New Admissions Team Member

Chris BouknightMeet Chris. We’re pleased to introduce the latest addition to our admissions team, Chris Bouknight. Serving as an admissions counselor, Chris comes to us from Newberry, SC. She is a recent graduate of Columbia College, receiving her master’s in higher education. Before Columbia, she attended Newberry College, where she studied theater and speech communications. Her previous admissions experience includes serving as counselor and assistant director for her alma mater, Newberry College. She is excited to join the team and meet your students!

Chris will be working with applicants from Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester counties. She will also be working with students from the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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