- Applicants must possess a recognized high school diploma or its equivalent (please note that distance learning degrees/diplomas do not satisfy this requirement for New York State residents). Verification must be supplied to the Admissions Office. Home-schooled applicants should refer to the Home-Schooled Students page. Applicants with a CDOS credential or IEP certificate/diploma will not be accepted. These students are advised to take the GED or TASC exam. A score of 660 or better on the GED exam (if taken after January 2022) is recommended for consideration.
- Applications are evaluated individually using a "holistic review" to make the best decision for both the applicant and the college. A variety of factors are considered (e.g., individual program requirements, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, strength of academic program, and extracurricular activities).
- To be considered for admission into programs taught on the Alfred campus, the recommended overall high school average is a 75. For programs taught in the School of Applied Technology (Wellsville campus) or at the Northland Workforce Training Center, the recommended overall average is a 72. Applicants for programs taught on the Alfred campus who do not meet specified program requirements but who show potential for success may be considered for admission through the Alfred State Opportunity Program (ASOP) or the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).
- In addition to meeting individual program requirements, it is recommended that transfer applicants have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average as well as a grade of "C" or better in each course taken during the most recent semester of attendance.
- Financial need is not considered as part of the admissions process.
Note: Alfred State is test optional for the spring 2023, fall 2023, and spring 2024 semesters. Therefore, it is not necessary to take the SAT or ACT exam to be considered for admission to all majors as well as for merit-based scholarships.