Albion College


Enrollment: 1,722.

Student Body: 52% female, 48% male, 8% out-of-state, 2% international (21 countries represented). Asian 3%, African American 3%, Caucasian 86%, Hispanic 1%.

Retention and Graduation: 85% freshmen return for sophomore year. 63% freshmen graduate within 4 years. 41% grads go on to further study within 1 year. 18.5% grads pursue arts and sciences degrees. 3% grads pursue law degrees. 2% grads pursue business degrees. 5% grads pursue medical degrees.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 13.29:1. 124 full-time faculty, 94% hold PhDs, 14% are members of minority groups, 39% are women.


Degrees: Bachelors.

Classes: Most classes have 10-19 students. Most lab/ discussion sessions have 10-19 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Biology/biological sciences; economics; psychology.

Special Study Options: Double major, dual enrollment, honors program, independent study, internships, liberal arts/career combination, student-designed major, study abroad, teacher certification program, Environmental Institute, Ford Institute for Public Service, Gerstacker Liberal Arts Program in Professional Management.

Honors programs: The Honors Program at Albion was founded in 1976, and in August of 2004 it was renamed The Prentiss M. Brown Honors Institute. The school provides an exciting and unique variety of academic experiences for highly motivated and talented students. The Institutes mix of small discussion classes, independent research, academic rigor, and personal attention provides Honors students with special challenges and opportunities for growth. Many of the colleges finest teachers and scholars regularly contribute to the Institutes curriculum. Combined degree programs: BA/MEng. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, reader services, tape recorders, tutors.

Career services: Alumni network, alumni services, career assessment, internships, regional alumni.

Career services highlights include: our six academic institutes: Professional Management, Environmental, Education, Public Policy & Service, Honors and Pre-Health. All incorporate internships or experiential learning into the curriculum.


Housing: Coed dorms, special housing for disabled students, women’s dorms, fraternity/sorority housing, apartments for married students, cooperative housing, apartments for single students, special interest annexes available. 90% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Visual arts museum, nature center, science complex museum, shark aquarium, greenhouse, geographic information systems/computer-aided mapping lab, observatory.

Computers: 95% of classrooms, 100% of dorms, 100% of libraries, 100% of dining areas, 100% of student union, 25% of common outdoor areas have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: Village.

Activities: Choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/ theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, pep band, radio station, student government, symphony orchestra, yearbook, campus ministries, international student organization, Model UN.

Organizations: 122 registered organizations, 17 honor societies, 11 religious organizations. 6 fraternities, 7 sororities.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Baseball, basketball, cross-country, diving, equestrian sports, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor). Basketball, cross-country, diving, equestrian sports, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), volleyball.

On-Campus Highlights: Kellogg Student Center, Dow Recreation Center (athletic facility), quad, 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. Environmental Initiatives: Development of Institute for the Study of the Environment, to foster involvement and projects by students. Examples include development of residential E-house (2006-present), EPA P3 grant (2006-2007), two National Wildlife Federation Sustainability Fellows (2008), CREATE (a student-run environmental program), and active “Focus the Nation” and “Step it Up” participation (2007-2008). Development of an environmental category requirement as a graduation requirement for all students. This has fostered development of over 20 environmental courses spread over the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences divisions of the college. Sustainability identified as one of four themes in current strategic planning process. Active research team and establishment of Sustainability Council advisory to the President.


Freshman Academic Profile: Average high school GPA 3.51. 27% in top 10% of high school class, 56% in top 25% of high school class, 86% in top 50% of high school class. 75% from public high schools. SAT Math middle 50% range 560-670. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 530-660. ACT middle 50% range 22-28. Minimum paper TOEFL 550. Minimum computer TOEFL 270.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Application essay, academic GPA, recommendation(s), rigor of secondary school record, standardized test scores, alumni/ae relation, character/personal qualities, extracurricular activities, first generation, geographical residence, level of applicant s interest, state residency, talent/ability, volunteer work, work experience.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science, (2 science labs), 2 foreign language, 3 social studies, 1 history. 4 mathematics, 4 science, 3 foreign language, 4 social studies.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 2,305 applied, 68% admitted, 24% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: High school transcript, college transcript(s), essay or personal statement, interview, standardized test scores, statement of good standing from prior institution(s). Minimum college GPA of 2.5 required. Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Application fee $40. Notification on a rolling basis, beginning on or about 11/1. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 1 year. Credit and/or placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Average book expense $900.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA. Priority financial aid filing date 3/1.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on a rolling basis beginning 3/15.

Types of Aid: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the schools own gift aid. Direct Subsidized Stafford, Direct Unsubsidized Stafford, Direct PLUS, Federal Perkins.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $5,330. Off-campus job opportunities are fair.

Financial Aid Statistics: 71% freshmen, 65% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 70% freshmen, 62% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 57% freshmen, 52% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 100% freshmen, 99% undergrads receive any aid. 55% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $30,149.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Academics, alumni affiliation, art, leadership, music/drama.

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