Princeton Review recently released its “2021 Best 386 Colleges,” and Alfred University is one of 45 colleges and universities in New York State included on the list.
Princeton Review publishes the list each year, using data from more than 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide. The publication said it selects honored institutions based on “our high opinion of their academics.” Other factors it takes into account include admissions, tuition and financial aid, student body, campus life, and job placement/careers.
The first Princeton Review “Best Colleges” report was published in 1992. Alfred University has been included in all 29 annual “Best Colleges” lists.
The Princeton Review recognition follows our University being cited in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings. In that report, Alfred ranked 38th overall in the North for regional universities and was ninth in the Best Values category. The U.S. News rankings put our graduate programs in art in high standing, with our ceramic art master’s degree program ranked number one in the nation, our glass art program ranked third, and our overall MFA program ranked 10th.
In addition to using hard data to formulate its list, the Princeton Review also takes into account testimonials from students. These testimonials pointed to Alfred University’s “variety of academic opportunities” that make it easy for students to take subjects outside of one’s major. Alfred University offers “other majors versus a traditional art [school] setting,” an art and design student commented. “If I had decided to change majors, Alfred has almost every opportunity.” This sentiment reflects our commitment to offering students the opportunity to mix and match from our set of top-ranked programs in order to chart a unique and fulfilling academic experience.
Other students pointed to Alfred University’s “talented and dedicated faculty,” who “bring a level of vibrancy and academic encouragement through enthusiasm to the classroom…the professors are always pushing you to reach your full potential” and are “always willing to put time into students’ independent projects.”
Still other student testimonials stressed the importance of small class sizes to their academic success at Alfred University. “It is the closest to one-on-one teaching you can get,” a clinical and counseling psychology major noted, “The classroom size is perfect for a more personalized education.”
Alfred University’s mission is to transform student lives and better our world. We take pride in our place in national and regional college rankings, and by the impact Alfred University has on our students.
P.S. Of the 45 colleges and universities in New York State included in the Princeton Review “2021 Best Colleges,” Alfred University is listed first, ahead of institutions like Clarkson, Colgate, Hamilton, RPI, and Syracuse, as well as Ivy League schools Columbia and Cornell. Of the 386 schools nationwide to make the list, Alfred is listed third, behind only Agnes Scott College and Albion College. Of course, it does help to have a name that starts with the first letter of the alphabet!