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Albion College is the place where challenge meets opportunity. Where new discoveries are made, and where new ideas thrive. Like the town it calls home, Albion College has withstood tough times and has come back stronger and better than ever, enjoying a rising enrollment, record-setting fundraising and the introduction of new majors to a growing and diverse student population.

Albion College originally met the educational needs of the children of Native Americans and settlers in the area. In 1835, the College was awarded a charter by the Michigan Territorial Legislature, thanks to the efforts of Methodists who were early settlers in the Michigan Territory.

Always on the leading edge, Albion became one of the first schools in the Midwest to introduce co-education. In 1850, the legislature approved the founding of the Albion Female Collegiate Institute, which was then controlled by its counterpart, the Wesleyan Seminary Corporation. But in 1857, the two schools merged under the name of the Wesleyan Seminary and Female College at Albion. Albion College was fully authorized by the state legislature to award four-year college degrees to both men and women in 1861.

From the time the cornerstone was laid for the first permanent building in 1840 until today, Albion College has remained on the same site, the original part of which is now affectionately called "the Quad."

But as much as history is important to the College, it's the present and the future that occupy students. Like most small liberal arts colleges, Albion has had its share of tribulations. But in the past five years, enrollment has steadily risen to nearly 1,500 students and changes can be seen everywhere.

A gift from alums James and Lisa Wilson have led to the creation of a medical institute in their name which will revolutionize the way students approach and learn in medical school. Another gift from alumnus Joe Serra will provide a massive renovation to the health and wellness center, expanding it by 11,000 square feet and opening itself up as a gathering place for all students. Yet another gift from alums Richards and Marilyn Vitek will lead to the construction of a new music arts center on campus.

Our emphasis on excellence in liberal arts education is our hallmark. Our commitment to a broad, rigorous foundation is complemented by our work ethic. We put students in the real world and ask them to research, participate, and lead. We expect them to do it well, to take it further, and to be more. Because Albion is where you turn thought into action. Where you learn how to live at the leading edge of who you are. Where you become your best self, ready to live a life of impact. And that's Albion College today.

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Overview

Applicants
4,226
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average HS GPA
3.47

GPA Breakdown

30%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — December 1


Other Admission Factors

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Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
168
with Terminal Degree
133

88
Men
80
Women
17
Minority
6
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Ethnic Studies.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Finance, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other.
  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Organizational Communication, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Earth Science Teacher Education.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • German Language Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physics Teacher Education.
  • Psychology Teacher Education.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematical Statistics and Probability.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Sustainability Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.
  • Forestry, General.
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General.
  • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.
  • Physics, Other.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Economics.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology and Anthropology.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, General.


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

Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Josh Cassada
Astronaut, NASA, Houston, Texas.

Michael David
Founding Partner, Dodger Productions, New York, New York. Award-winning producer of more than 100 plays and musicals on and off Broadway.

Cedric Dempsey
Retired President, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Allison Maki
Senior Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Detroit Lions, Detroit, Michigan.

Martin Nesbitt
Board Chair, Barack Obama Foundation; National Treasurer, Obama Presidential Campaigns.

Denise Cortis Park
Professor, Director of Research, Center for Vital Longevity, University of Texas, Dallas.

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

From The School



Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$41,726

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,416

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,706

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
72%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$40,347

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$41,700

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,570
Required Fees
$520
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$700

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,000
Transportation for Commuters
$750

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,380
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,533
Foreign Countries Represented
11

Demographics

2.05%
Asian
15.08%
African-American
10.25%
Hispanic
62.76%
Caucasian
4.70%
Unknown
1.72%
International

54% female
46% male
26% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

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 any one of my classmates in the cafeteria and having lunch with them.”

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
95%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

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

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.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Learning Support Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Pamela M. Schwartz, PhD

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Student report of history and present symptoms and need.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Student report of history and present symptoms and need.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
2

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
110
Number of Honor Societies
27

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
8

35% join a fraternity
28% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

26% participate in intramural sports
44% 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

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Western Michigan University

Sustainability

Albion College remains fervently committed to maintaining a green campus. Indeed, in an effort to underscore its importance, the college chose sustainability as a key theme for its new strategic plan. And it’s a theme that colors all facets of school life—from career fairs and film series to dining halls and facilities. More specifically, Albion is in the process of updating campus lighting to ensure it is environmentally friendly and economically efficient. When this work is completed, the college anticipates a reduction of carbon emissions by 650.79 tons (or 3,254 trees). Additionally, Albion’s science complex has been awarded LEED Silver certification. This amazing facility features a parking lot with recharging stations for electric cars, landscape that utilizes native species, and a design that uses 30 percent less energy than a comparable building (saving a whopping $150,000 in the process). Of course, the college also impresses upon its students the significance of green living. To that end, Albion mandates an environmental “category requirement” for all undergrads. This curriculum requirement has led to the development of over twenty environmental courses spread throughout the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. These classes are certainly striking a chord as many students can be found working on the college-owned organic farm. Undergrads have also established an environmentally themed dorm known as the E-house. And, perhaps most impressive, using a $10,000 grant from the EPA, a small team of students designed and installed modified bicycles and rowing machines that could convert an individual’s expended calories into electrical energy.

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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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
50

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Martha Bunde
Individual Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
611 East Porter
Albion, MI 49224

Phone
517-629-0321

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
Kalamazoo River - canoeing
Gina's Pizza & Deli
Biggby Coffee
Albion Malleable Brewing Company
Stirling Books & Brew

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8-5
517-629-0321

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:15am-4:00pm Weekdays
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 exit 121. 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 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 The newly constructed Courtyard by Marriott, located in downtown Albion, information can be found here: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/jxnab-courtyard-albion


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