Albion College: Narrative Description

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611 East Porter St.
Albion, MI 49224-1831
Tel: (517)629-1000
Free: 800-858-6770
Admissions: (517)629-0600
Fax: (517)629-0569
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Independent Methodist, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1835. Setting: 565-acre small town campus with easy access to Detroit. Endowment: $136.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $859,670. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,261 per student. Total enrollment: 1,867. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,818 applied, 86% were admitted. 34% from top 10% of their high school class, 61% from top quarter, 89% from top half. 1 National Merit Scholar, 19 class presidents, 23 valedictorians, 124 student government officers. Full-time: 1,852 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 15 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 19 other countries, 9% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 4% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 0% 25 or older, 93% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 86% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; English; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at Great Lakes Colleges Association. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: interview, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 7/1, 12/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 1/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $29,454 includes full-time tuition ($22,650), mandatory fees ($268), and college room and board ($6536). College room only: $3196. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $962 per quarter hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 122 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 40% of eligible men and 40% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, Union Board, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Student Senate. Major annual events: homecoming, Briton Bash (activities fair and organization expo), Annual Leadership Recognition Night. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,722 college housing spaces available; 1,495 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Stockwell Mudd Libraries with 363,000 books, 69,572 microform titles, 2,016 serials, 6,540 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.4 million. 411 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located one and one-half hours west of Detroit and three hours east of Chicago, the city of Albion combines small town life, a strong industrial base, and the amenities of a college town to form a unique community for its citizens. Albion boasts a rich history of educational and industrial accomplishment and prides itself on its ethnic and cultural diversity. Part-time employment is available. The area is served by Greyhound Bus and Amtrak and has a library, hospital, parks, and several civic and service organizations. Facilities are provided for tennis, golf, skating, and water sports.

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