International Application Procedures

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So you've thought about it, and now all that's left to do is apply. You’ll find all the necessary information right here.

Albion College requires the following for all international students.

  • A completed application

    There are two applications to choose from; there is no preference or effect on the decision. We suggest you read the instructions carefully and gather needed information before beginning the form.

  • Academic Records:
    • Academic Records must be official and sent directly by a school counselor, university academic records office, or EducationUSA Advisor. Certified translations and original language documents are required if the originals are not in English.
    • What Academic Records should I send?
  • Official Results of one of the following exams: SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS. Scores must arrive by one of the following methods:
    • Sent by the testing agency directly to us:
      • SAT and TOEFL - institutional code 1007
      • ACT - institutional code 1956
      • IELTS must be sent by paper to our mailing address below
    • Official score reports may be certified and sent by a school counselor, university official, or EducationUSA officer.

      Due to receipt of fraudulent scores, we will no longer accept scores sent by the student, their family, or a non-educational officer.

    • Demonstration of English Proficiency
      • Your test score above may also be a demonstration of your English proficiency. English proficiency is required of all students, with few exceptions. See the Albion College English Proficiency policy for more information.
    • Short essay or personal statement (included in the application or sent separately).
    • At least one letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, school official, coach or community service coordinator.

      Recommendations should come directly from the recommender and may be scanned, faxed or emailed to the Office of Admission or uploaded through the Common Application.

    • Financial Planning Worksheet – this online form will be in your Albion Student Portal once you apply. It is a way for you and your family to plan how you will contribute to your education, and for Albion to learn about your situation.

    You are required to send the following if the situation applies to you:

    • There are more than 4 months between your high school graduation and your first term at Albion:
      • An explanation of your activities over this time is required. This can be in the Interruption of Studies section of the Common App, through your Albion Student Portal, or in a short message to .
    • You have attended any post-secondary institution since completing high school (secondary school):
      • We must have official transcripts, mark sheets, and exam results showing results for all courses attempted and completed. Students who attended post-secondary studies in India must send complete university mark sheets, not college mark sheets or consolidated mark sheets. Albion will accept certified or attested copies of post-secondary records.
      • 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.

Priority Dates for Scholarship Consideration:

  • October 1 for Spring term (January)
  • March 1 for Fall term (August)
    • Students who apply Early Action and submit complete applications by December 1 will receive a decision in 2-4 weeks.

Where should I send documents?

Documents may be emailed to following the guidelines above, uploaded to the Common Application through your school counselor, uploaded or completed on your Albion Student Portal, or mailed to us at:

Office of Admission
Albion College
611 East Porter Street
Albion, MI 49224 USA

Check your application status here!

We welcome your questions about the application process at and look forward to getting to know you better.

International Students

At Albion, the classroom is only the beginning.

From the first day, you're encouraged to dive into the things that you love. Our students investigate, explore, and create.

For over 180 years, we have prepared some of the brightest individuals contributing to the worlds of science, business, research, health, education, and many more fields. Our distinguished liberal arts and sciences curriculum is based on thinking that makes connections.

As an Albion student, you'll gain access to institutes, centers and internships that give your education an advantage. Combining your studies with hands-on education will create a dynamic learning experience that prepares you for what lies ahead.

Our residential community means that it will be easy to make friends, balance your schoolwork, and develop a “family” of faculty, staff, and students to support you through your studies – and it means we’re an incredibly safe place to live.

Albion College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, the American Chemical Society, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the National Association of Schools of Music.

Here are more reasons you'll like Albion:

  • We're ranked among the top 100 U.S. National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News and World Report.

  • Our classes are small, which assures personal attention from exceptional faculty who will help you achieve a first-rate education at a world-class institution.

  • We support extensive opportunities for paid undergraduate research.

  • Our beautiful 90-acre campus adjoins a 144-acre nature center on the banks of the Kalamazoo River.

  • We offer state-of-the-art facilities, including a $41.3 million science complex and 340-acre equestrian center.

  • Cultural, sports, and entertainment centers are nearby, such as Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, and Cleveland.

  • We're committed to building a global campus community.

  • Environmentally friendly and sustainable campus.

  • Total enrollment numbers 1,500

  • Faculty to student ratio 11:1

  • Over 100 clubs and organizations on campus

  • Over 90% of our faculty hold a doctoral or terminal degree.

  • For more rankings view our Awards and Recognitions

Want to learn more? Visit About Albion College and FAQs for International Admissions


Albion College draws its strength from the rich diversity of our students. We are pleased to welcome qualified students from all backgrounds, regardless of citizenship and immigration status, into our living and learning community.

We are mindful of the challenges faced by DACA holders and undocumented students during these uncertain times and are committed to continuing to welcome and support these individuals.

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.

International Student Admission Requirements

Welcome to the Albion College international admission Web site.

International Student Admission and Enrollment

What it takes to be a Briton starts here.

Admission Criteria

  • Albion College reviews application on a holistic basis – this means that we look at academic performance over time, in classwork and exams, on standardized tests, and with consideration of the essay, letters of recommendation, and any other material that are sent.
  • Academic Achievement:
    • Above-average grades, marks, or exam results in a college-preparatory curriculum for all upper secondary and post-secondary studies. We consider academic performance and strengths throughout your secondary education.
    • SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and/or IELTS results that demonstrate preparation for the Albion classroom
  • English Proficiency: Required for all students – see English Proficiency Requirements.
  • Essays and Letters of Recommendation should demonstrate your preparation for the college classroom and the qualities that you bring to the Albion College community.
  • 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.

Priority Dates for Scholarship Consideration:

  • October 1 for Spring term (January)
  • March 1 for Fall term (August)
    • Students who apply Early Action and submit complete applications by December 1 will receive a decision in 2-4 weeks.

Applying to Albion:

Complete the application and send the required documents

Early Admission or Rolling Admission?

  • Early Action – Fall term applications with all requested supporting documents received by December 1 should receive a decision in early January.
  • Rolling Admission – Applications are reviewed as they become complete, with a priority date of March 1 for fall entry. Review typically takes 2-4 weeks.

Which Application?

There are two applications to choose from; there is no preference or effect on the decision. We suggest you read the instructions carefully and gather needed information before beginning the form.

Admission Requirements detail which documents are required and how they should be sent. Please read it carefully and email if you have any questions.

Read about the Academic Records that Albion requires.

An application is not complete until all requirements have been met, including any requests for additional material. You may be required to send additional documents later.

  • Note that some requirements will be completed online through your Albion Student Portal.

Where should I send documents?

Documents may be mailed to following the guidelines above, uploaded to the Common Application through your school counselor, or mailed to us at:

Office of Admissions
Albion College
611 East Porter Street
Albion, MI 49224 USA

You should obtain official documents and certified translations if the original is not in English, and send them to Albion College. We acknowledge that most schools and universities will not send documents overseas, and will accept documents sent following the guidelines above.

What happens after I apply?

Once all required documents are received, we will review your application and determine if it meets requirements for admission. Review can take 2-4 weeks once all requested materials are received.

Check your application status and email often!

One of the following outcomes is possible:

  1. Request for additional documents or information
  2. Hold the record for additional documents or information
  3. Admission with financial reward
  4. Denial

Check your application status here!

What happens after admission?

If you are admitted, you will receive an email notifying you of the change in your status, you will receive an admission letter and financial award letter by courier, and you will probably hear from our staff and students. Then the following will be happen:

  • Research and apply to an Albion Center and Institute . A video interview may be part of this process.
  • Download and begin completing the Albion College Statement of Financial Support including proof of funding
  • Ask us questions – learn about Albion, the daily life of students, and how they achieve their goals. Ask students how they funded their education.

You may be invited to:

  • Apply for the Global Scholar Program
  • Submit an audition or portfolio for a fine arts scholarship

What happens after I decide to enroll?

Welcome to the community! Once you confirm your enrollment with the non-refundable Enrollment Deposit in your Albion Student Portal, there are several steps that must be completed no less than 2 months before you arrive.

  1. Complete the steps in your Albion Student Portal to confirm your plans, pay your enrollment deposit, and become a Briton.
  2. Send a complete and accurate Albion College Statement of Financial Support with all of the required bank documents, sponsor letters, and any scholarship letters from external sources.
  3. Complete all of the forms in your Albion Student Portal:
    • Verification Form for I-20
    • Academic Assessments that determine the correct courses you will take (first-year students only)
    • Academic Questionnaire and First Year Seminar Selection (first-year students only)
    • Student Housing Request Form
    • Student Health Record
    • (Optional) Student Parking Permit Registration
  4. Request your official, final transcripts from your previous institution. These will be required upon arrival to confirm your eligibility to enroll.
  5. Students who have attended post-secondary institutions outside of the US must request an official credential evaluation report from a qualifying evaluation agency in order to transfer the courses to Albion College.

Remember:

Check your Albion email account at least 3 times a week – Housing, Student Life, the Registrar, and the Center for International Education will send important messages there.

The Visa Process

In order to qualify for an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility, you must qualify for admission and provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses. Once Albion has issued an I-20 on your behalf, you can schedule and complete the visa interview process. Please allow 3 months for this process; if we have not received qualifying financial documents 2 months before arrival we reserve the right to cancel your admission.

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