AU Press Releases

Another large freshman class entering University

An estimated 590 new students - 540 freshmen and 50 transfers - will arrive on the Alfred University (AU) campus Thursday, Aug. 22 for four days of orientation before the start of fall semester classes Monday, Aug. 26.

Alfred’s Admissions Office received a record 3,417 applications during the past recruiting cycle, marking a 32 percent increase over five years. Admissions received applications from 44 states and 47 countries; students from 27 states will enroll at AU this fall.

Corry Unis, director of admissions, says this could be the second or third largest freshmen class in the University’s history.

“I am very excited to see the trend of record first-year enrollment continue at Alfred University,” says Unis.  “This year marks another record pool of applicants, an increase in the overall academic quality, and it should be one of our largest classes ever. The entire Alfred University community deserves credit for all of the assistance in securing another great class of incoming students.”

The new class consists of 55 percent male students and 45 percent females. The most popular majors selected by the incoming students include art and design, mechanical engineering, athletic training, biology, psychology, and business administration. The class’s SAT scores are up slightly and grade point averages remain stable.

On Thursday, Aug. 22, check-in for new students will take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the McLane Center. Campus Orientation Guides and members of fall sports teams will help new students move in and become acclimated with campus.

An opening picnic for students and their families will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the Brick (residence hall) Lawn. An Orientation session for parents will be held at 2:30 p.m.

On Friday, Aug. 23, at 9 a.m. new students will participate in the annual opening convocation, where AU President Dr. Charles M. Edmondson and Student Senate President Ana Devlin-Gauthier will welcome them. At 8 p.m., Bob Hall, founder of Learning To Live With Conflict, Inc., will present “Nonviolent Sexuality: Making Peace with Passion” in Miller Theater.

Saturday’s activities will include a series of sessions on topics such as college

Work-Study, loans, diversity, study habits, and majors. From 8 -9:30 p.m., the Student Senate and Omicron Delta Kappa will present an activities fair and block party on the first floor of the Powel Center Plaza.   

Sunday activities include the New Student Olympics at Merrill Field.

Upperclassmen will return to campus Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25.