Academic Programs

International Academic Records

What academic records do I send?

Academic records should include official copies of all of your academic work from upper secondary school and any post-secondary work you have taken since completing secondary school.

International admission requirements are based on the requirements to enter university in your home country, with consideration for special circumstances and the holistic approach to US university admissions.

Official:Official documents are those that are issued by the appropriate authority and are clearly identifiable as coming from that source. They should be final and include all coursework or results. We do accept copies if they have been certified or attested; specific requirements depend on the country. To be considered official documents must be sent by a school counselor, EducationUSA counselor, or another educational officer. If exam results are able to be certified online, Albion College may accept unofficial versions that include the required verification information.

Translations:Certified translations are required if the original academic records are not issued by the authorizing body in English. We will not review applications that don’t include both the original language official document and a certified translation. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide both documents.

Transcripts:Transcripts are official documents detailing the classroom performance of students over time, and provide a history of academic performance. They are common in systems where completion of studies is determined by meeting class and grade requirements over time, such as in the United States and Canada. Transcripts are typically issued by the school the student attended.

Examination Results/Secondary Exam Certificates:Many countries require students to take exams administered externally, not by the school. The successful passing of these exams demonstrates that the student has completed secondary school and an official examination certificate is required for admission. Typically, this certificate is named “Certificate of Secondary Education”, “Senior Secondary Examination Certificate”, or similar. Documents should include both the results of exams and the conferral of the certificate. Provisional results slips, screenshots of website, and similar unofficial documents cannot be used for application review.

Internal Mark Sheets:Internal Mark Sheets are common in systems that require Secondary Examinations for completion. They show a student's performance over time as recorded by the school, but because completion is based on secondary exams they are not considered transcripts. They are required to accompany Secondary Examination Certificates to allow Albion to review historic academic performance.

French-style Systems:A relevé de notes is required for application review. You must provide a certified copy of bac results to confirm secondary completion.

Final Documents:If you were in secondary school at the time of admission, you must provide evidence of completion before you can begin classes. For students using a transcript, a final transcript demonstrating that you received your high school degree meets this requirement.

Both Secondary Examination Certificates and Internal Mark Sheets are required from applicants who have studied in the following country systems. This is a partial list; you may be required to send both documents if your country is not on this list.

International Baccalaureate Malaysia
Australia* Mongolia
Bangladesh Nigeria
Botswana Pakistan
Cameroon - British system Sierra Leone
Caribbean Commonwealth countries Singapore
Gambia South Africa
Ghana Sri Lanka
Hong Kong Swaziland
India Tanzania
Ireland Uganda
Kenya United Kingdom
Liberia Zimbabwe

*Australia - Requirements based on state, email for more information

Transfer Students:If you have attended any post-secondary institution after completing secondary school, we must have official documents showing all coursework for every institution you attended in addition to secondary school records. You should obtain official documents or certified copies, certified translations if the original is not in English, and send them to Albion College. We acknowledge that most universities will not send documents overseas, and will accept sealed envelopes you send.

  • If you decide to enroll, you will only receive credit for previous work outside of the US if we receive an official evaluation report directly from a NACES-approved service.

Transfer Profile: Marcus Olah

Marcus Olah

What made you choose Albion College?

Albion reached out to my while I was attending Henry Ford College in Dearborn, MI. On a tour, I spoke with English professor Nels Christensen who was able to answer my questions in a sincere way that didn't feel like a sales pitch. I was attracted to the small classroom size and the liberal arts approach to studying. I am someone who is interested in many different, seemingly disconnected subjects and the variety of classes we are encouraged to take fits what I like most about learning: making connections.

What was the transfer process like for you?

The transfer process was quick, there was maybe a month in the '16 summer between making the decision and being moved in. I visited Albion once, to see the campus for the first time; a second time, to schedule my classes; and the third visit, my car was packed and ready to move in.

What have you found to be the biggest difference at Albion from your previous experience?

I think that because of the teacher to student ratio, I am able to receive more attention from the professors on my weaknesses in a subject, or if there is something comes easy to me, I feel that I am pushed more to improve further. Rather than having a minimum to achieve, my education here feels much more tailored to making me better than myself. Ultimately, I get out of classes what I put into them.

What has Albion done for you?

Albion has given me an opportunity to explore my interests in a focused and challenging way. In the past year I have been able to narrow my interests further and have developed a clearer understanding of the work expected in my various fields of interest. It has also given me the chance to lay down roots in a campus and a town.

Meet Travis

Meet Travis.

Travis Tekiele

Travis Tekiele
Admission Counselor


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Distinguished Artist Program 2017

2017 Distinguished Artist Program

Saturday, February 4, 2017

About the Program

The Distinguished Artist Program is an invite-only opportunity for you to show us your talent in the arts and earn additional scholarship money to attend Albion College. With your participation, you will be eligible to receive additional scholarship assistance; more than $250,000 was awarded to participants last year. One participant will receive a full tuition scholarship to attend Albion College!

Registration

Plan to register for this event as soon as you decide to participate - space is limited. Register online at: https://apply.albion.edu/register/dap. Your registration must be received by Thursday, January 26. Please note that this is an invite-only event.

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Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Registration (Bonta Admission Center)
9:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Morning presentations and campus tours
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Registration for afternoon presenters (Science Center)
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon (Baldwin Hall)
1:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Afternoon presentations and campus tours

Options for Presentation

Option 1: Art

Bring a portfolio of your best works, including 10-15 art works. These works may be in any medium or multiple media – drawing, painting, printmaking, book arts, photography, computer art, ceramics, sculpture, and more. This work should be a representation of who you are as an artist; this can include work you've done in class as well as independently. If your materials are vulnerable or oversized, you can photograph your work and bring a CD containing the images.

In addition, please bring a sketchbook, if you keep one; a "sketchbook" could be in the form of a traditional book of drawings, a journal, visual scrapbook or even a well designed blog or website.

When designing your presentation, it may be helpful to consider the following questions:

  • What artists did I draw upon for inspiration?
  • What is my creative process?
  • What am I trying to communicate with my art?
  • Why did I choose the respective media/forms to express my ideas?

Portfolio review centers on a discussion of your works, including your experiences, influences and motivation. Your presentation and discussion will last about 15 minutes, with 15 additional minutes allotted for questions by the faculty members.

Option 2: Art History

Submit a portfolio of 4-5 pieces of art historical written work, not to exceed 25 pages. Papers prepared for a humanities or an English class may be substituted. Your work should demonstrate your ability to conduct research and prepare a coherent scholarly paper. Please come prepared to discuss your written work and your scholarly process.

Option 3: Creative Writing

Works may take the form of poetry or prose, but please limit your submission to either 10 pages (single space, 12 point font) of poetry or 15 pages (double space, times new roman, 12 point font) of prose (fiction, memoir, personal essay, etc.) Your work should represent your artistic ability; it can include pieces you have done in class as well as independently. On the day of the competition, please bring a draft and revision of a single poem or short prose passage (5 copies of each version).

Please come prepared to read briefly from your work (approximately 5 minutes) and to use your draft/revision to discuss your creative process. When designing your presentation, it may be helpful to consider the following questions:

  • What is the theme of my writing?
  • What authors did I draw upon for inspiration?
  • What is my writing process?
  • What am I trying to communicate with my writing?
  • Why did I choose the respective forms (prose, poetry, etc.) to express my ideas?

Portfolio review centers on a discussion of your works, including your experiences, influences and motivation. Your presentation and discussion will last about 15 minutes, with 15 additional minutes allotted for questions by the faculty members.

You must submit your works by Thursday, January 26, one full week prior to the event.

Option 4: Music

The suggested format for the music competition is a short lecture-recital model. Please plan to perform live 8-12 minutes of music. Please see the Music Department's audition suggestions for guidelines specific to particular instruments.

Audition Information

Also, be prepared to discuss your understanding of the pieces you've chosen to perform, putting them into a context for your audience in the same way that written program notes often accompany a concert performance. For example, you might discuss the composers' background, historical period, circumstances of composition, genre, text, or programmatic considerations. You could also discuss your technical or interpretive process in learning the pieces: what you learned through practicing and mastering them, or what your interpretive goals for the pieces are, and how those goals may have changed as you studied the pieces over time.

When designing your presentation, it may be helpful to consider the following questions:

  • What do I know about the composer, or the influence the composer has had on my own work?
  • What were the political, moral, spiritual, ethical or sociological issues of the times that may have impacted the composer, or on the work itself?
  • Why is this piece important?
  • Are there other ways to perform the piece?
  • Who else has created an influential interpretation?

Your presentation and discussion will last about 15 minutes, with 15 additional minutes allotted for questions by the faculty members.

You must submit a copy of your musical accompaniments and scores for the judges by Thursday, January 26, one full week prior to the event.

Option 5: Theatre

You may choose to showcase your acting ability or your creativity in technical theater: costume design or construction, lighting, sound, scene design, and/or stage management. For a live performance, please come prepared to perform either:

  1. two contrasting monologues, or
  2. one monologue and one 32-bar song.

If you prefer to showcase your talent in design or stage management, plan to bring a portfolio of photographs and/or original materials. Materials may be from a realized production or may be a project you create using one of the following plays as the basis: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, Antigone by Sophocles, Cabaret by Isherwood with Lyrics by Kander and Ebb, or The Odd Couple by Neil Simon.

Please come prepared to discuss your process and your inspiration. When designing your presentation, it may be helpful to consider one or more of the following questions:

  • Who is my muse?
  • What artists did I draw upon for inspiration?
  • What are my theatre rituals?
  • Why did I choose the respective media/forms to express my ideas?
  • What do I know about the playwright, or the influence the playwright has had on my own work?
  • What were the political, moral, spiritual, ethical or sociological issues of the times that may have impacted the playwright, or on the work itself?
  • Why is this piece important?
  • Are there other ways to perform the piece?

Performance or portfolio review centers on a discussion of your performance/works, including your experiences, influences and motivation. Your presentation and discussion will last about 15 minutes, with 15 additional minutes allotted for questions by the faculty members.

There will be no live accompaniment, therefore, you must bring your music on a CD, if performing a song.

Option 6: Integrated Arts

This option is for students who want to showcase their artistic abilities across a variety of disciplines in the arts. Such a presentation might take the form of film, visual poetry, playwriting, singer-songwriter or another approach. Please refer to the discipline guidelines above for page limit requirements, art portfolio expectations, etc. and be sure to contact us with specific questions.

Come prepared to perform and/or exhibit your works. You will also be asked to discuss your process, your inspiration and your choice of genres.

The Integrated Arts presentation will revolve around a discussion of your performance/works, including your experiences, influences and motivation. Your presentation and discussion will last about 15 minutes, with 15 additional minutes allotted for questions by the faculty members.

If appropriate, you must submit your writing and/or musical accompaniments/scores by Thursday, January 26, one full week prior to the event. If your materials are vulnerable or oversized, you can photograph your work and bring a CD containing the images.

Overnight Accommodations

Need overnight accommodations? Blocks of rooms are available at:

Selection Criteria

Albion College faculty members select scholarship recipients using the following criteria:

  1. The Quality of Your Presentation, Discussion and/or Portfolio of Works – Choose the option that will allow you to best demonstrate your intellectual curiosity, academic interests, achievement and future potential for growth at Albion College.
  2. Extra-Curricular Record – We recognize that students often combine superior scholarship with other interests, unique talents or achievements. Please come prepared to talk about yourself and your accomplishments– your motivation, your inspiration, and your passion for the fine arts.

Notification

Students selected as a Distinguished Scholar will be notified by Monday, March 13, 2017. Final results will be announced publicly for those recipients who have made the commitment to attend Albion College.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Time Will I Have?

The presentation schedule is tightly managed - you will have a total of 30 minutes to present and respond to questions. The average presentation/article discussion/portfolio discussion takes about 15 minutes followed by 15 minutes of questions and comments by the faculty audience members. We allow 10 minutes for takedown and set-up for the next presenter. Be prepared to respond to questions about your interests and achievements. No student may exceed the 30 minute presentation time.

Who is In the Audience during My Presentation?

Your audience will be a small group of faculty members and a room host. The faculty will follow a carefully selected set of evaluation techniques and record their impressions of your presentation. Faculty members and the room host will describe your performance at the final selection meeting.

How Do I Decide Which of The Six Options Is Right for Me?

Choose the option that will best allow you to demonstrate your creative and intellectual abilities, and also one that will illustrate how you will be a positive addition to the Albion College community. Every participant is a high achiever, so you need to identify how to demonstrate your abilities and potential in a way that distinguishes you from others.

Some questions that might guide your decision include: What academic disciplines are you most interested in studying? What do you enjoy talking about? What subject(s) are you considering for a major? Have you worked on a significant research project or paper and/or an artistic project that you'd like to tell us about?

How Will I Be Evaluated?

Our faculty members look for specific content substance and expertise, and assess the overall quality of your performance, presentation and/or discussion. Our faculty members look at the following general characteristics of every competitor:

  • Overall impression
  • Quality of works or performance
  • Depth of exploration
  • Organization of ideas; synthesis and progression of concepts
  • Creativity and creative process
  • Ability to articulate influences
  • Individual vision and ability to explain motivation for approach
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Academic goals
  • Student responses to faculty questions
  • Passion for the subject
  • Potential for artistic and academic excellence and leadership
  • Unique or special characteristics

Why Do We Offer Our Distinguished Artist Program?

This opportunity helps you understand our hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts and sciences.

  • The process of selecting your method of participation, preparing for the event and then participating helps you experience the teaching and learning environment at Albion first-hand. You will also receive valuable feedback and encouragement from your panel of faculty members.
  • The most effective way for us to identify promising artists is through in-person participation and dialog. This is your opportunity to show our faculty more about your future potential than will be apparent in your admission application and essay.

What Programs Will You Offer For Me And My Parents When I am Not Presenting?

There will be a variety of activities during the day including student panels, a conversation with the VP for Enrollment an opportunity to learn more about financing an Albion education, quiet spaces for practicing, a stress free zone in the Honors Observatory, campus tours and more. We also encourage our participants to meet other participants and socialize over light refreshments.

How Will I Find My Presentation Room?

You will be escorted from the registration area to your presentation room 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time. You will enter your room at the appointed time and have a total of 40 minutes. Your participation and the faculty members' questions will last a total of 30 minutes, allowing time to set up and pack up your materials.

What Questions Should I Expect From The Faculty Members Who Attend My Presentation?

In addition to questions about your presentation, be prepared to talk about your accomplishments and future goals. You may also ask questions about academic opportunities.

When Will I Be Notified Of The Judges' Decision?

You will receive a letter from the admission office by Monday, March 13.

Who Can I Talk With If I Have Questions About This Program Or My Participation?

Your Albion College Admission Counselor can help you with questions. In addition, your counselor can put you in contact with a student mentor who can help answer your questions. Please contact or call 800/858-6770.

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