Adrian College


Adrian College is a private college, which is featured by its liberal arts education. It is related to the United Methodist Church in Adrian, so it is also a church school. In 2010, the college has enrolled 1,670 students in total. Adrian College also recruits graduate students every year.

The college was founded in the year of 1859, having a history of more than 150 years. It is located in the city of Adrian in Michigan. It takes 45 minutes to drive to the college from Ann Arbor and Toledo. The campus is not very big, covering an area of 100 acres.

Adrian College offers degrees in associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s programs. All Adrian students are able to receive its multiple study programs with diverse teaching approaches. More than 40 majors, minor and pre-professional programs are given in this college. A wide range of overseas study programs is open to Adrian students as well.

The mission of Adrian College is:

Adrian College, a liberal arts College in the United Methodist tradition, is committed to the pursuit of truth and to the dignity of all people. Through active and creative learning in a supportive community, students are challenged to achieve excellence in their academic, personal, and professional lives, and to contribute to a more socially just society.


Adrian College has received accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Adrian College comprises twenty-three majors:

  • Account & Business
  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Arts & Sciences
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Science/Studies
  • Exercise Science / Physical Education: Athletic Training
  • Geology
  • History
  • Interior Design
  • International Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages & Cultures
  • Music: Performance, Music Education, Musical Theatre, Arts Administration
  • Philosophy/Religion
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice
  • Teacher Education
  • Theatre

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  2. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  3. Visual and Performing Arts
  4. Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
  5. Education

Based on the data provided by U.S. News Ranking, it ranks 157th among domestic higher education institutes. At the same time, it ranks 42 based on its graduation and retention behavior among regional colleges in the Midwest.

Adrian College manages several institutes, which make research on both theoretical and practical projects. There are Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Institute for Health Studies, Institute for Study Abroad, Institute for Ethics and George Romney Institute for Law and Policy.


Applicants for the college are required to possess high school diplomas. General Educational Development (GED) is equally effective. It also requires applicants to take standardized tests like SAT or ACT. At the same time, it is highly recommend that students receive a general college-preparatory program. Among all non-academic factors, talents and ability, race and ethnicity, interview, character and other factors will be taken into consideration.


The tuitions and fees for year 2011-2012 is USD 27,440. Students spend USD 916 for life expanses on average and approximately USD 8,346 for accommodation.

In Adrian College, about 80% receive scholarships to support their study. Two types of scholarships are offered in the college: Need-based Scholarships and Non-need-based Scholarships. The former one offers about USD 19,305 and the latter offers about USD 11,075.

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