This is the daughter speaking now.
I went to Alfred expecting the very best and while I came out prepared and ready for anything, and everything, I am not sure I would do it again. I was stressed to the point of tears most nights, and felt like I NEVER was able to reach their HIGH standards, and I was one of the students having and easy time.
Their is always some project due, test or quiz to study for, or some home work assignment due. If it was just that there was always something due it wouldn't be so bad, but they change their minds CONSTANTLY about what they want or how they want it. On the last project I completed at Alfred, we started with an unclear rubric and were told to figure it out if we had questions, that it was easy and what didn't we understand. As if it wasn't bad enough that we ALL had trouble figuring out what they wanted, they changed the rurbic. Then, because each student had a different advisor grading their paper, you were expected to follow their rules as well without knowing exactly what they wanted, because they changed their minds CONSTANTLY!
As for clinicals, NOYES is the best! For other choices I would choose ST. JAMES or OLEAN. Each clinical has a different advisor, some of which are better than others. I did learn a lot at clinical and had a good time, but my clinical instructor, is no longer there because she couldn't handle the bull that goes on. She was one of the best if not the best clinical instructor. She is also one of the nursing supervisors at NOYES.
If you do decide to go to Alfred, here are some hints to surviving. One instructor is the best at explaining things when you don't understand. She has the best review books, will help anybody who tries and will do anything to help you understand the material, no matter how long it takes. She practically lives there. Another is the BEST teacher their. She teaches skills. She is kind, patient and wonderful. She is the bright light in the cave full of hell, which I call the alfred program. She will help you and is FANTASTIC at clinicals. she is a little old fashioned but has a good heart.
More hints. Start all projects early, and finish them early! DO NOT do study questions for exam review becasue the review questions are too easy and the alfred test questions are EXTREMELY hard. Complete all extra credit, you will need it. Sleep when you can get it and find a stress relief program because I did loose a lot of my hair because of stress. My hair has started to grow back by the way.
Alfred has prepared me to be the BEST and I have done very well so far and hope to continue to do so. I do thank them for preparing me but I am not sure if it was worth me being soooooooo stressed and having nearly no life. I had to study all the time to maintain my grades and keep a float in nursing, and I only had nursing my last semester, no other classes. The decision is up to you and I know I have pointed out a lot of negatives and not a whole lot of positives, but when you get so stressed that you can't sleep, it is hard to find anything good about anything. I did meet a lot of great people, who I will always talk to, but once again I DON'T know that i would do it again.