Pride • Purpose • Promise

Bell Tower with Pioneer Pride, Purpose, & Promise

Alfred State President, Dr. Steven Mauro, began his tenure by meeting as many members of the campus community as possible to talk about what makes ASC great and how we can be even greater. This listening tour resulted in an inspirational theme for recognizing the great past, productive mission, and exciting future ahead for Alfred State College.

Learn about Alfred State's past, present, and future through Pioneer Pride, Purpose, and Promise.

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A Student Book Brigade to the New Library in 1965.

Pioneer Pride is all about legacy and success over the years. Before SUNY was formed, in 1908 the state legislature established the New York State School of Agriculture later named the Agricultural and Technical College at Alfred. With decades of growth and the addition of four-year degrees, Alfred Ag and Tech became known as Alfred State College to reflect the increasing variety of degrees offered.

After starting as a single department at Alfred University, AU President Boothe C. Davis led oxen for a parade through the farm celebrating the state college's founding. The school was first led by Dr. Ora Sherman Morgan who served as director until 1911. To start the school, $75,000 in state funds were allocated for three buildings including a primary barn, livestock quarters, and machinery storage.

In 2018, some 110 years later, Alfred State Pioneers added an ox mascot in tribute to the college's agricultural roots. Alumni, students, faculty, and staff take pride in all that Alfred State offers and the positive economic impact throughout Western New York. ASC has a winning combination with student life providing a vibrant college experience and student learning to prepare for a new career.

Alfred State automotive student

Hands-On Learning and 200+ Labs.

Pioneer Purpose highlights the college's laser focus on student success. ASC is known for delivering graduates who are ready for the working world as we help build America's workforce. Dozens of majors have more employers ready to hire than there are graduates. A tremendous 98% of ASC graduates land jobs in six months or continue education. Alfred State truly helps graduates Hit the Ground Running®

Alfred State's faculty love what they do and make excellent mentors, advisors, confidants, friends, and role models. Unlike a research-focused school, ASC faculty are skilled, hands-on experts who bring learning to life through their experience. Alfred State relies on input from alumni and employers to know what's needed on the job, so students are ready for work from day one.

Students at ASC learn the skills needed with tools and software just like professionals use. Alfred State was the first SUNY institution to include applied learning in every major so that students will quickly launch careers working for a good company or choose to become an entrepreneur. The campus has an amazing 200+ labs and hands-on experiences to help students become ready for what's next.

Students doing community service

Graduate and Launch Your New Career.

Pioneer Promise recognizes the ever-increasing economic impact that the college has locally, regionally, and nationally. The college's focus on providing students with skills to launch their careers equates to an economic boost for the region's communities and for employers eager to hire. Students are attracted to a high-quality education at an affordable cost that leads to good-paying careers.

Located near the center of population for the US Northeast, students from across several states find Alfred to be an idyllic college town that's scenic and away from it all, but at the same time a convenient option. The tight-knit and caring community has a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio. So, ASC is small but has big opportunities with 80 majors, amazing outdoor recreation, and NCAA Division III athletics.

ASC has generations of Pioneers to thank for being well-positioned into the future. The Alfred State community volunteers for public service and adds to the economic vitality of the region. The future is nearly endless by empowering faculty, energizing students, engaging parents and alumni, while working in harmony with the surrounding communities to promote Pioneer Pride, Purpose, and Promise.