Students Say

Armed with a “great reputation” and a “small-town feeling,” Albion College provides undergraduates with a “rigorous but rewarding” academic experience replete with “huge opportunities.” Students here truly appreciate that Albion works diligently to foster an environment that “encourages questions [and] thinking” all the while aiming to “provide personal attention to each student.” While the college certainly offers a “great liberal arts education,” undergrads are especially quick to highlight the strong science, premed, and business programs. Indeed, students like to boast that Albion “has a very high rate of students being accepted into medical school.”

Overview

Applicants
4,886
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.49

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 570
SAT Math
520 - 640
ACT Composite
22 - 27

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

Armed with a “great reputation” and a “small-town feeling,” Albion College provides undergraduates with a “rigorous but rewarding” academic experience replete with “huge opportunities.” Students here truly appreciate that Albion works diligently to foster an environment that “encourages questions [and] thinking” all the while aiming to “provide personal attention to each student.” While the college certainly offers a “great liberal arts education,” undergrads are especially quick to highlight the strong science, premed, and business programs. Indeed, students like to boast that Albion “has a very high rate of students being accepted into medical school.” And business majors point to the Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management, which allows students to “gain real-world experience” and even the potential to walk away with “a job offer.” Of course, regardless of discipline or department, Albion undergrads are full of praise for their teachers. As one thrilled student eagerly shares, “The professors care about their students’ success and are always there to help.” Importantly, they are “very knowledgeable in their material and try to make sure you learn as much as possible.” Further, they are “easily approachable,” “extremely passionate about their work,” and always “available for discussions.” As one content undergrad sums up, “I would say that the overall experience has been great, and I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision to attend Albion College.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
144
with Terminal Degree
114

78
Men
66
Women
15
Minority
4
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Martin Nesbitt
National Treasurer, Barack Obama Presidential Campaigns

Denise Cortis Park
Professor, Regents Scholar, Ctr for Vital Longevity, Univ. of Texas, Dallas

Douglas Parker
Chief Executive Officer, American Airlines, Fort Worth, Texas

Michael Harrington
Sr Vice President and General Counsel, Eli Lilly and Co., Indianapolis, IN

Janet Welch
Executive Director, State Bar of Michigan, East Lansing, Michigan

Josh Cassada
Astronaut Candidate, NASA, Houston, Texas

Donald Sheets
Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Dow Corning Corporation

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
81
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,673

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,065

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,301

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$37,151

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$25,650

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,872
Required Fees
$428
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,000
Transportation for Commuters
$548

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

At first glance, Albion College appears to be “a microcosm of upper-class metro-Detroit and Chicago.” Therefore, it’s not surprising that a “slightly right-leaning, white, and Greek-loving [student body seems to be] the norm.” However, those seeking more diversity should fear not! One student assures us, “I have met anarchists and proud communists. There is a mix, but you have to dig for it.” Beyond race and political affiliation, undergrads here find their peers to be “serious about school but also very fun and friendly.” Moreover, they are “bright individuals that want to succeed” and certainly people who “value their education.” They also seem to have “a million interests,” which they vigorously pursue through a number of extracurricular activities and programs. As one socially satisfied undergrad sums up, “I think there is a club or niche here where everyone can find a group of people they fit in with. I truthfully would feel comfortable sitting down at a table with anyone of my classmates in the cafeteria and having lunch with them.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,268
Out of State
8%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
14

Demographics

50% female
50% male
8% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

While Albion students are often quite “studious” during the week, once the weekend rolls around they certainly know how to get “crazy [and] exciting.” Fortunately, there “is almost always something going on on campus.” Indeed, the “Union Board plans lots of free activities, concerts, comedians, etc.” Moreover, those interested in the party scene will be delighted to discover that fraternities and sororities are very popular at Albion. As one thrilled undergrad notes, “Greek life is fantastic. It really is the cornerstone of our campus. Every weekend there is a party or something going on at the fraternities. Whether you are into drinking or not, the guys there know how to have a good time.” While students bemoan the fact that “there’s not much to do in the city of Albion,” they do take solace in finding other off campus options. As another satisfied student reveals, “Bigger cities like Jackson and Battle Creek are only a fifteenor twenty-minute drive away, so if you’re looking for a day at a mall, that’s always an option. Plus, the college sponsors sending buses and vans to take students to places like Ann Arbor or Lansing. Generally you can find something to do.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
90%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
72
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
72

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
David Hawsey

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
110
Number of Honor Societies
21

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
8

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

32% participate in intramural sports
38% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Britons)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Britons)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
90

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
15

Average Number of PC's per Lab
10

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Martha Bunde
Individual Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
611 East Porter
Albion, MI 49224

Phone
517-629-0769

Email
mbunde@albion.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Kellogg Center- Student Center
Dow Recreation Center- Athletic Facility
Quad- Lawn in the center of campus
Baldwin- Dining Hall
Science Center Atrium
Albion is often lauded for the amount of student space available. Whether it's lounge areas, computer classrooms, meeting spaces, or the myriad rooms in the Kellogg Center, Albion students find many areas to congregate socially and academically. The Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center opened at Albion College in 2004, quickly becoming a home to every Albion College student interested in horses or riding. We offer something for everyone, from beginners to experienced competitors.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Cascarelli's - Restaurant
Victory Park- Sledding Hill
Kalamazoo River- canoeing
Gina's Pizza & Deli
Biggby Coffee

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F, Saturday
8-5, 9-12
517-629-0769

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:15am-4:00pm Weekdays, 10:00 am Saturdays
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
available during the day

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@albion.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Must be a senior and admitted to Albion

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Detroit, MI, about 1 hour from campus. Van and limousine services, rental cars are available from airport to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Detroit and points east, take I-94 to exit 124. Turn right at the end of the ramp. Follow business I-94. The college is 3 miles ahead on the left. From Kalamazoo and points west, take I-94 to exit121. Turn right at the end of the ramp. Follow business I-94 to Michigan Avenue, turn left at the light. The college is 1 mile ahead on the right.

Local Accommodations
Close to the college (1/4 mile) is Bellemont Manor and Haven House - all available through the college Dining and Hospitality office (517-629-0365). Prices are moderate with discounts available for alumni and parents. There are 2 bed and breakfasts in Albion. Information on both can be found at http://www.albion.edu/alumni/hotels.asp
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Key Stats

4,886
Applicants
1,268
Size
61%
Acceptance Rate
1110
SAT Scores

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