Albion College

Albion College

The foundation of Albion College was laid in the year 1835 when a charter was approved for the setting up of the Spring Arbor Seminary. However, it was only in 1843 that classes began in what was then called the Wesleyan Seminary. In 1850, the Albion Female Collegiate Institute was established. These two institutes merged to form the Wesleyan Seminary and Female College at Albion in 1857. In February, 1861, it was renamed the Albion College. This private liberal arts institute is now situated on a 225-acre campus in Albion, Michigan.

Albion College offers Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in over 25 fields. The courses are offered through the following academic institutes:

  • Carl A. Gerstacker Liberal Arts Institute for Professional Management
  • Fritz Shurmur Education Institute
  • Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Policy and Service
  • Institute for the Study of the Environment
  • Liberal Arts Institute for Pre-Medical and Health Care Studies
  • Prentiss M. Brown Honors Institute

The sports teams of Albion College are known as the Britons. They participate in soccer, cross country, volleyball, swimming and diving, softball, track and field, tennis, golf, basketball, football, and equestrian hunt seat. The teams are members of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the NCAA's Division III.

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Albion College
611 E Porter St
Albion , MI 49224
General Phone: (517) 629-1000

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Albion Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts185American studies, women's studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, international studies, anthropology, ...
Science91biology, chemistry, geology, geological and earth sciences, physics, theoretical and mathematical physics
Therapy and Counseling44psychology
Business and Management39business management, marketing
Media29communication studies, journalism courses, public relations and advertising
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy11health and physical education, exercise science, athletic trainer
Education and Teaching8music teaching, physical education teaching
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy, religion
Music5music, music performance
Art Studies5art studies
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Fine Arts3art history and criticism
Family and Social Work2public policy analysis
Computer Science and Engineering0computer science

Number of programs and degrees for Albion in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree44241

Albion Student Body

In 2007-2008, Albion had a total enrollment of 1,938 students (1,849 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 90%
Black 3%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 46%
20-21 45%
22-24 5%
25-29 0%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%

Albion Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 84 %

Albion Room and Board (2007)

Albion offers campus housing for 1,848 of its 1,849 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Albion, Michigan for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Michigan Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Albion Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal530630
SAT Math500650
SAT Writing500630
ACT Verbal2128
ACT Math2127
ACT Composite2327

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT13%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT97%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Albion Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 28,880
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,880
Room and board $ 8,190
Room charge $ 4,006
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,184
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 800

Financial Aid:
Albion participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 223500)

Albion Faculty

Albion has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year23$79,48112$72,463
Associate professoracademic year20$59,6069$62,776
Assistant professoracademic year25$52,81138$49,484
Instructoracademic year11$41,3765$40,816
All faculty totalacademic year79$60,70464$54,985

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Albion Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Albion Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

Family And Social Work
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Journalism, Other
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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