AU Press Releases

Alfred University one of 41 schools making Fiske Guide's 'Best Buy' list

Alfred University is one of only 21 private colleges and universities in the nation to be named as a “Fiske Best Buy School” in the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

“Fiske Best Buy Schools” are those that offer “outstanding academics with relatively moderate prices,” according to a press release from Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013.

This year, the Guide lists 20 public schools and 21 private colleges and universities on its “best buy” list; last year, there were 49 schools – 25 private and 24 public – on the list. This is the fourth year in a row Alfred University has been named a “Best Buy” in the Fiske Guide.

“Alfred University has mastered the art of providing first-rate education at an affordable price. Once again, the Fiske Guide affirms that we do what we say we do,” said President Charles M. Edmondson. He noted AU is in very select company; there are more than 4,000 institutions of higher education in the United States, and 2,200 of them are four-year schools. “That puts us among the top two percent of all four-year schools in the country in terms of value for the price,” said Edmondson.

He pointed out Alfred University is also identified as a “Great School at a Great Price” by US News and World Report in its annual college guide.

“In the face of today’s skyrocketing tuition rates, students and families in all economic circumstances are looking for ways to get the best value for their education dollar. Fortunately, there are some bargains to be found in higher education—it just takes a bit of shopping around with a little guidance along the way,” according to a press release from the Fiske Guide.  All of the Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate-price categories, and most have four- or five-star academic ratings.

Alfred University is one of the more than 300 institutions profiled in the Fiske Guide to Colleges. “Readers will discover the real personality of Alfred University, based on a broad range of subjects, including student body, academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food and extracurricular activities,” according to the release.

Founded in 1836, Alfred University is the second-oldest co-educational institution in the country. It comprise the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the School of Art & Design, the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, and the newly created College of Professional Studies, which includes the School of Business.