Transfer Profile: Annie Ford, '17
What made you pick Albion College?
I picked Albion because I felt comfortable here. I didn't want to go to a big school where I would just feel like a number. I loved the small class sizes and professor's interest in the students. The Institute for Healthcare Professionals was a deciding factor for me. The institute offers specialized help during all steps of the application process for medical and dental school.
So far, how is Albion different from your previous school?
I previously attended Lansing Community College (LCC) for one year. Albion is different from LCC because class sizes are smaller. LCC is a commuter college so I was not living at school or getting involved on campus like I do here at Albion. The classes I take at Albion have challenged me more which has taught me to learn things more in depth.
What are you studying? What are you involved in?
I am a pre-dental student with a major in biochemistry and a minor in cell and molecular biology. I take part in numerous clubs and organizations on campus. I am a member of the women's golf team. I am in Alpha Phi Omega, a national community service fraternity, and Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional chemistry fraternity. I host prospective students as a Briton Ambassador. I am involved with the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship group. I am also a tour guide.
What are you plans after graduating from Albion?
After graduating from Albion, I plan to further my education by attending dental school.
What was the transfer process like for you?
The transfer process for me was surprisingly easy. As a freshmen at Lansing Community College I knew I wanted to transfer to Albion, so I took classes that I knew would transfer. I talked a lot with the registrar and my admissions counselor thought out the transfer process so that I knew what to expect. Everyone was very helpful and answered all of my many questions.
What's been the most pleasantly surprising thing you've seen at Albion?
I have been most pleasantly surprised by how friendly and welcoming everyone on campus is, from students, to staff, and even the president. I felt like since I was coming in as a transfer student I would have a hard time meeting people in my class, but that wasn't the case. Everyone is willing to help each other, and I wasn't expecting college to be one big community.
Referral Program Staff
Albion's Evolving Alumni Referral Program Staffs Up
Admission effort enters next phase after successful first two years
Corey Grazul, '08, knows a little about alumni referrals. After all, he ended up at Albion College thanks in part to his dermatologist.
"I went there to have my pimples looked at," he said with a laugh. "I was going into my senior year at high school and my dermatologist (in Saginaw) asked if I'd thought about college. I said, ‘Well, yeah' and she said, ‘You ought to think about going to Albion. That's where I graduated.' I'd never even heard of Albion."
Intrigued, he took a visit, enrolled, graduated and stayed. And that, in its most basic form, is a referral – a suggestion, a push, an endorsement from an alumna or alumnus of a college that a high school student, looking toward life's next stage, might want to consider attending.
And it's what Grazul and Marsha Whitehouse, '70, are doing their best to expand at Albion.
"We want to target students for admission," Grazul said. "In advertising it's called the ‘hot lead.'"
"It's pretty basic," Whitehouse said. "We're looking for new business. We're looking at kids for whom Albion isn't on the radar."
Grazul, who also serves as an admission counselor, and Whitehouse, a former teacher and the College's associate director of campus visit programs from 1999 until she retired in 2013, began their new roles as alumni referral coordinators this summer.
The referral program has resulted in connecting alumni with more than 500 prospective students in each of the past two years. Under Angela Sheets, '82, the effort has contributed significantly to the success of both recruiting cycles. She will now step aside in that role as the office devotes more staff to the program.
Whitehouse will continue to train alumni in the referral process. She is also setting up referral workshops this fall to help alumni make the case for Albion.
Grazul will develop infrastructure and communication to support the volunteers, create a college fair and spring awards program, and assist other recruiters with integrating alumni volunteers in their territories.
Alumni who make a referral can help continue the process by actively recruiting the student, offering support throughout the student's college search, recommending campus visits, and encouraging his or her application to Albion.
It all starts by completing the referral form. If you have any questions about this or other admission volunteer opportunities, call the Admission Office at 800/858-6770.