Albright College's motto is "A different way of thinking," and students tell us that it's not just an empty slogan. Rather, this principle "is truly evident, in a positive way, in all aspects" of an Albright education "including the academic options, clubs and organizations, campus living, and social aspects." Interdisciplinary study is central to Albright's academic philosophy; one junior majoring in sociology tells us that "I have been able to relate theater and sociology within the same semester, which is something I could have never pictured before." Students thrive or fail here to the extent that they can embrace the Albright approach.

Overview

Applicants
6,060
Acceptance Rate
62%
Average HS GPA
3.36

GPA Breakdown

28%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 560
SAT Math
470 - 570
ACT Composite
20 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Albright College's motto is "A different way of thinking," and students tell us that it's not just an empty slogan. Rather, this principle "is truly evident, in a positive way, in all aspects" of an Albright education "including the academic options, clubs and organizations, campus living, and social aspects." Interdisciplinary study is central to Albright's academic philosophy; one junior majoring in sociology tells us that "I have been able to relate theater and sociology within the same semester, which is something I could have never pictured before." Students thrive or fail here to the extent that they can embrace the Albright approach. Those who love it appreciate "the interdisciplinary nature of each class" and insist that "if you come to Albright and come to believe in Albright's principles, you will have the opportunity to exceed any imaginable expectations in social life, academics, athletics, and any other endeavor that you wish to be a part of." Those who don't may conclude that "Albright costs at least twice what a state school does and doesn't offer anything more than you would find at a state school," although to do so they'd have to ignore the "small classes where you can feel comfortable answering or asking questions." Most classes are "discussion-rather than lecture-based, which makes for a much better learning environment!" Albright also boasts "great facilities. The new gym, the Shumo Center, is state of the art, and now Albright is making renovations on other buildings that will make the campus even better."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
168
with Terminal Degree
111

91
Women
77
Men
17
Minority

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Prominent Alumni


Stanley E. Order
Dir Med/John Hopkins

Durland Fist
Prof Med/Yale

Wm Deardon
Board Chair/ Hershey Corp.

Jeff Griffiths
Pres. of Electronics Bartique

Murry Dushe
Pres. of Lost Plus World Market

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
77
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,190

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,253

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,833

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,162

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
84%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

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

Albright's academic approach attracts students who "value being unique and following your own path. We are able to fit together, because we respect and reward individuality." Most are "very involved and full of school spirit," and "everyone is very open and friendly," but "there are still many cliques." These include "the Greeks, the artists, the jocks and cheerleaders, the 'gangstas,' the Asians, and the shy folk. The cliques are most apparent in the cafeteria, however outside of the dining hall all the groups do mesh and interact." Undergrads here tend to be "either really career-minded or really socially minded." Socially minded men take note: "Females outnumber males" by a substantial margin.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,751
Out of State
37%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
26

Demographics

56% female
44% male
37% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Life at Albright "is relaxing and fun," with students focused on schoolwork during the week and on the "plenty of things to do on and around campus" on the weekends. This includes "'experience events' that the school sets up," which can be "anything from comedians to educational lectures to plays. You have to attend sixteen experience events by the end of your sophomore year." Other options include "Greek life (date parties, formals, philanthropic activities), athletics, shopping (mall, outlets, King of Prussia, which is about 60 minutes from campus), Reading Phillies and Royals games" and taking advantage of "sports recreation facilities nearby (rock climbing, laser tag, water parks, mini golf)." Also, "The college actually plans trips to locations that are further than we want to drive, like New York City. There are always things going on in Philadelphia, and if you want to go, you can find others who want to, too." Despite all these options, "there is quite a bit of alcohol on campus, although there's plenty to do for those who don't want to drink." While some city folks may find life here a bit to slow, many here believe that "you will not be bored unless you allow yourself to be."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
69%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
65
First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
61

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
84
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
3

14% join a fraternity
19% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Lions)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Lions)
12 Sports

Badminton
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


LGBT Support Groups: www.albrightedu/studentlife/clubs.html

Minority Support Groups: www.albrightedu/studentlife/clubs.html

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

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Gateway, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Debi Grosch
Admission Assistant

Address
P O Box 15234
13 and Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612-5234

Phone
610-921-7512

Email
dgrosch@alb.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Center
Jake's Place
Wachovia Theatre
Sports Center
Natatorium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Reading Public Museum
Reading Phillies Baseball Park
Vanity Fair Outlet Complex
Sovereign Center

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

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 applicant

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Public Bus- Barta Taxi Reading Regional Airport

Local Accommodations
Hampton Inn Sheraton