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Alfred University College of Business Full Time MBA



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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.



School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)



Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 91% accepted out of 35 applicants
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.3
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 475
  • In State Application Fee: $60

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

Applicants must provide the school with official copies of undergraduate transcripts, GMAT scores, TOEFL scores (for international students whose first language is not English), a statement of intent (or professional resume), and two letters of recommendation (preferably from former employers or professors). Previous work experience is not required...Applicants must provide the school with official copies of undergraduate transcripts, GMAT scores, TOEFL scores (for international students whose first language is not English), a statement of intent (or professional resume), and two letters of recommendation (preferably from former employers or professors). Previous work experience is not required, and an interview, while always recommended, is optional.

The Princeton Review

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 52
Percent International Students 8%
Total Full-Time Faculty 8
Full-Time Faculty 88%

Student Life

Alfred, New York, is a normal small town “with only the essentials in the village;” how­ever, the campus provides plenty of entertainment, resources, and opportunities to keep students “engaged and happy.” The University is “a fun-loving community” of about 2,000 students, including 210 business undergrads and a few dozen “competitive, ambi­tious, friendly, [and] hard working” MBAs, who comprise a “mix of recent grads and experienced professionals.” The “wide variety of clubs and organizations offer great opportunity for individual growth,” and if you want a club “all you have to do is ask.” One student explains, “Alfred’s clubs and activities are astounding. Diverse clubs and organizations regularly attend student senate to discuss concerns that are circulating the student population.” Alfred’s infrastructure includes “plenty of computers and good Internet bandwidth;” however, “The recreational facilities aren’t the best, and the library needs help.” Fortunately, a “large renovation and expansion project” is underway, which could be “the largest project for the University within the last few decades.” The renovations are expected to “address shortcomings of the university, greatly enhance the campus, and benefit students.” Also, while the “huge” dorms get glowing reviews, “housing is really poor off campus.” Alfred’s 16 Division-III intercollegiate teams provide entertainment, as does the popular intramural sports program. The school’s divisions of music, theater, and dance frequent­ly hold performances. Alfred also has an active visual-arts community; it houses one of the best ceramic arts programs in the country. The “peaceful and safe” village of Alfred has a year-round population of 1,000 and surrounding towns are not much larger. These “secluded” surroundings lessen “the chances of distractions from studies,” though when students need a break from the books, Rochester is only 80 miles away, and Buffalo is only a little farther down the road—provided you have four-wheel drive in the winter.


All Alfred students receive career services through the Robert R. McComsey Career Development Center. The office provides one-on-one counseling sessions; workshops in interviewing, resume writing, and networking; a career library with online and conven­tional print resources; and annual job fairs. The school also boasts a 100-percent place­ment rate for its MBAs. Students point out, however, that Alfred’s remote location com­plicates their search for jobs and internships. Many agree that “Alfred is a small commu­nity” and that “outside internships and projects are more difficult to obtain due to the University’s rural location.” However, over the past few years the administration has worked “to expand local and international opportunities with a particular focus on MBA students,” and there is “the clear sense that the school, administrators and professors want you to succeed.”Prominent employers of Alfred MBAs include Alstom, AOL Communications, Avantt Consulting, Met Life/New England Financial, General Electric Company, Eli Lilly and Company, Citynet, Corning, Dresser Rand, Nestlé, NYSEG, Toro Energy, and Wal-Mart.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

If you’re looking for an “intimate environment” for your MBA experience, Alfred University is well worth a look. This program serves a population of just a few dozen graduate students. The result is a “solid business school that’s convenient,” where “stu­dents are not just another number.” As one student told us, “The greatest strength of Alfred University is its size.” The classes are around 30 people, and “the interaction is incredible.” The school recently added an MBA accounting program that qualifies accounting students to be able to obtain their CPA license (the teachers “are some of the strongest teachers in the business school”), and there are also graduate assistantships available to any full-time MBA students who are willing to assist graduate faculty mem­bers in their area of interest in exchange for a portion of their tuition. The school is espe­cially strong in entrepreneurial studies. Professors at Alfred have the time to go the extra mile for students, and they “work hard to make sure you understand what they are teaching, but they also expect you to do your share of the work.” Students also appreciate that “professors here are very diverse” and “have a lot of experience in the business world.” With no crowd to fight, Alfred students have a better chance to shine. Although, keep in mind, this also means there’s no anonymity. “Professors know everyone in the program well.” Another student writes, “One professor liked a paper I wrote for his class. He offered to co-author another paper with me and pursue getting it published. These opportunities are so valuable to me and something I would never have expected.” This sense of support and enterprise doesn’t end in the classroom. As one student explains, “one-on-ones outside of the classroom are extremely helpful, and I’m able to gain additional insight on my career path.” Of course, a small school can only offer students so much. Some students find that there are “few academic options within the program” and “concepts and theories are left at the basics,” but “the new acting dean is also looking to change things around and improve elective options.” Regardless, students appreciate that “most MBA classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening, which is convenient for people who work.” Students approve of the school’s active learning strategies, which emphasize teamwork, case studies, simulations, and field experience (usually gained through an internship).

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Study Abroad:

    No formal exchanges for the MBA program; many options for undergraduates

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