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Financial Aid Myths and Misperceptions

Myth: My parents make too much money to qualify for financial aid.
Reality: There is no income limit to qualifying for financial aid. Many factors aside from income are taken into account when determining your eligibility. Albion students receive over $36 million in grant aid.

Myth: Only students with good grades get financial aid.
Reality: While a high GPA does help in qualifying for an Albion scholarship, good grades do not have any impact on your eligibility for need-based financial aid (grants, loans, work-study). 100% of Albion students receive financial support.

Myth: Only minorities receive financial aid.
Reality: Need-based financial aid funds are based on your financial eligibility, not on any other factor. The FAFSA doesn’t even ask for information regarding race or ethnicity.

Myth: The forms are too hard to fill out.
Reality: The FAFSA is easier than ever, especially if you fill it out online at FAFSA.gov. There are detailed instructions for every question, step by step. For most families, it takes about 20-25 minutes to complete the application the first time and about 15 minutes for renewal FAFSAs.

Myth: If I take out student loans, I will graduate with major debt.
Reality: The average Albion student graduates with a loan balance around $28,880. Depending on your repayment plan, your monthly payment would fall between $104 - $300 month, which is about the cost of a new car.

Admission Enrollment Deposit

A $350 enrollment deposit is required to secure your place in the incoming class. This deposit may be submitted the following ways:

Deposit Online

To deposit online, please log in to the Student Portal using your email address and the PIN provided to you via email by your admission counselor (please note, this is NOT your ACIS account credentials). Once you have logged in you may reply to the offer of admission.

Deposit Online

If you've lost your PIN, you may reset it at: https://apply.albion.edu/account/reset. If you need help with your account credentials or have any other questions, please contact your admission counselor, the Office of Admission by calling 800/858.6770, or via email at .

Deposit By Phone

To make your deposit over the phone, please call our office at 800/858.6770, during regular office hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Deposit By Mail

To make your deposit by mail, please make check payable to Albion College and mail it to:

Albion College
Office of Admission
611 E. Porter St.
Albion, MI 49224

If you have any questions, please contact the admission office via email at , or call 800/858.6770.

Distinguished Scholars Program 2017

2017 Distinguished Scholars Program

Saturday, February 25, 2017

About the Program

The Distinguished Scholars Program is an invite-only opportunity for you to show us your ability and talent 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/dsp. You are asked to complete and submit this form no later than Thursday, February 16, 2017. This guide will help you select your preferred presentation option. Please note that this is an invite-only event.

Register Now

Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Registration for morning presenters (Science Center)
9:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Morning presentations, campus tours and information sessions
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. - 4:00 p.m. Afternoon presentations and campus tours

Options for Presentation

There are two options for presenting at our Distinguished Scholars Program. Select the vehicle that will best showcase your personality, abilities and potential. Faculty and staff members at Albion look forward to learning your original thoughts, projects, compositions, ideas, inventions, and interests. This interactive forum mirrors intellectual inquiry at the College and is a great way to begin your Albion journey.

Option 1: Math Problems and Interview

A set of seven math problems is provided to solve without outside assistance, calculators or computers. You should come prepared to present your solutions to at least four of these problems. Full solutions, with justification, are expected. Simply stating an answer is not sufficient.

Math Problems

When designing your presentation, it may be helpful to consider one or more of the following questions:

  • How did I solve these problems?
  • How did I come to the solutions of the problems?
  • What is my interest in mathematics?
  • Have I had any out-of-class experience with mathematical competitions?

This review centers on a discussion of your work. Your presentation and discussion will last about 15 minutes, with 15 additional minutes allotted for questions by the faculty members. Please bring five copies of your solutions with you to campus.

Option 2: Presentation and Interview

Present on a topic of your choice. You will want to pick a topic that illustrates your intellectual maturity. Inspiration for the topic might arise from a research project, a research paper, your intercultural understanding, or other interests. It is perfectly acceptable to present a research project you completed as part of your school work.

When designing your presentation, it may be helpful to consider one or more of the following questions:

  • What academic disciplines are you most interested in studying? What do you enjoy talking about? What subject(s) are you considering for a major?
  • What have I done to prepare myself academically (courses in school), or personally (special science camps, etc.) that developed my expertise on this subject?
  • How will my experience(s) translate into opportunity for me at Albion College?
  • What academic and co-curricular programs will enhance my interest, and where will I fit into the college community?
  • How will I enhance the quality of the Albion College community, the student body, and continue my "mission"?
  • What opportunities do I look forward to pursuing and how are they connected to what I have done already?

Please note that these are guiding questions and not all are appropriate for every presentation.

Your presentation will last approximately 15 minutes followed by 15 minutes of questions by the faculty members. Please prepare a 1-2 page handout that is a guide to your presentation, a summary of the presentation, or a summary of your specific accomplishments related to your presentation.​ Please bring five copies with you to campus.​

* We cannot make scholarship decisions regarding athletic interests

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 learning.

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.

Important note: Participation in Distinguished Scholars Program fulfills the interview requirement for the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. Students should complete their Honors Program application before competing in this program.

Apply to the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do We Offer our Distinguished Scholars Program?

What programs will you offer for me and my parents when I am not presenting?

How will I find my presentation room?

What questions should I expect from the faculty members who attend my presentation?

How many students participate in the Distinguished Scholar Program?

When will I be notified of the judges' decision?

I am now interested in the Honors program—what do I need to do?

Who can I talk with if I have questions about this program or my participation?

How Much Time Will I Have?

Who Is In The Audience During My Presentation?

How Do I Decide Which of the Two Options is Right for Me?

How Will I Be Evaluated?

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.

Register Now

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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