Admission to Albion
Application for First-Year Admission
Admission to Albion College is selective and based on a review of the applicant's academic credentials, personal qualifications, and potential for success at the College. Albion admits students without regard to race, ethnicity, creed or national origin.
The Admission Committee reviews applications on an individual basis, paying particular attention to the unique qualities each candidate possesses. The committee considers the following factors in evaluating an applicant's credentials: rigor of curriculum pursued, grades, co-curricular involvement in high school, community and religious activities, letters of recommendation received, and results of the ACT or SAT college admission tests.
Candidates for admission are expected to graduate from an accredited high school or preparatory school and have at least 15 units of academic credit in the following subjects: English, mathematics, social science, science and foreign language. Albion College also welcomes students who have been home schooled or who have earned a General Education Diploma (GED). In both cases, students should contact the director of admission to develop a process to review non-traditional academic experiences and competencies.
Students may submit an application for admission at any time. Normally, however, students apply after September 1 of their senior year in high school. In order to receive equal consideration for admission and financial aid, students should apply and have all required credentials on file by March 1 of their senior year.
Each paper application form must be accompanied by a fee of $40. This is a processing fee which is non-refundable and is not credited on any subsequent payments to the College. Students who submit an online application on the College's Web site are not charged a fee. Albion also accepts the Common Application.
Applicants seeking fall admission must pay a $300 enrollment deposit to the College postmarked no later than May 1 to secure their place in the fall class.
Applicants seeking spring admission should submit their $300 deposit before January 10.
Albion welcomes students to apply early to secure a place in the fall class, and to ensure full consideration for academic and special talent scholarships. Students who apply by December 1 will be notified of an admission decision by January 1. The early action process is non-binding. All students who apply after December 1 will be considered on a rolling basis, and will be notified of an admission decision beginning February 1 until the class is filled.
Standardized entrance tests (ACT or SAT) are required. High school students should sit for the ACT or SAT exam no later than February of their senior year. Albion College's code number is 1007 for the SAT and 1956 for the ACT. Information about the SAT may be obtained from the College Board at www.collegeboard.org. Information about the ACT may be obtained at www.act.org.
A visit to the campus and a personal interview are highly recommended. As a service to campus visitors, guided tours of the campus are provided. The admission staff will also arrange visits with faculty members or with specific academic departments.
The Admission Office is open on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is also open on select Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon during the academic year.
Specific information pertaining to the curriculum, the faculty or admission to Albion College may be obtained from:
611 E. Porter St.
Albion, Michigan 49224
Advanced Placement and CLEP
Albion College is a participant in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). Under this program, a high school student who earns a grade of 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement Examination automatically receives college credit and may receive advanced placement in the area of his or her proficiency.
A student who receives a grade of 3 may be given advanced placement, and at the discretion of the department, the student may be given college credit as well.
Some College departments also participate in the College-Level Subject Examination Program (CLEP) of CEEB. Albion College permits students to obtain a maximum of eight units of credit toward the bachelor of arts, and to fulfill core and/or major requirements through CLEP. Students should contact the Registrar's Office for information on which departments accept CLEP credit.
Maximum Credit Available Through Examination -- No more than eight units of credit can be obtained through any combination of locally designed departmental examinations and the College-Level Examination Program. No more than 12 units of credit can be obtained through any combination of the Advanced Placement Examination, locally designed departmental examinations, and the College-Level Examination Program.
Immediate Sophomore Standing -- An entering student who presents six or more units obtained through the Advanced Placement Examination, locally designed departmental examinations, and/or the College-Level Examination Program will obtain immediate sophomore standing.
Each year Albion accepts students who have attended other colleges or universities. It is recommended that candidates possess at least a 2.5 grade point average for consideration. It is expected that the applicant will be in good academic and social standing at the college last attended and that the previous college record has been strong enough to compare favorably with students already in attendance at Albion. Students are responsible for submitting, with their application, official transcripts from all institutions previously attended, along with an academic and social status supplement completed by the appropriate official from each institution previously attended.
Students with an official transcript marked "MACRAO approved" for an associate of arts (A.A.) degree from a Michigan community or junior college are exempt from taking the First-Year Seminar and the Modes of Inquiry requirement, and they may be admitted at the junior level. However, the following graduation requirements must be met: the category requirements and the writing competence requirement. A maximum of 16 units (64 semester hours) may be transferred from accredited junior colleges.
Candidates who transfer from an accredited four-year college must complete no less than the last 12 units (48 semester hours) in residence at Albion. These students must also complete all degree requirements including the category requirements and the writing competence requirement.
For more specific details regarding Albion's unit system and required course grades, refer to the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.
To be considered for admission to Albion, an international student must complete the admission procedures including the following:
- The Albion College International Application for Admission or Common Application for International Students.
- Statement of Financial Support for International Students with supporting documents, i.e., bank statements, income/salary statements of parents or sponsors from their employers, and a financial support letter.
- Personal statement/essay (one page minimum).
- Original or certified copies of all academic records, secondary school transcripts, and college/university transcripts, translated into English and listing individual courses including types, number, and grades received. A minimum of at least three years of records will be required for students applying from four-year secondary institutions and a minimum of two years for students applying from three-year secondary institutions. In most cases, transfer students from colleges/universities outside the United States seeking admission to Albion College will require an external evaluation by World Education Services (WES) and Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) for transfer of college credits. Collegiate credits can be transferred at any time after the semester ends but will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by the Albion College registrar.
- Official scores of TOEFL, IELTS, ACT, SAT or ELS course 112 completion sent directly to Albion College from educational testing services. Albion College will also allow certified copies stamped by a school counselor or administrator.
- Two letters of reference from the guidance counselor or headmaster, English teacher (or teacher of choice for English-speaking nations) or a community member from a club or service organization with which the student is affiliated.
- Application fee of USD 40 is required for all international student applications. Applications will not be processed until the fee has been received. Please use the online payment form to make payment. Applicants may also send a certified bank check, or postal money order, in U.S. dollars, payable to Albion College. Please designate the check as “International Student Admission Application Fee.” Mail the payment to: Office of Admission, Albion College, 611 E. Porter St., Albion, MI 49224, U.S.A.
To ensure enough time to obtain a student visa, we advise students to complete the application package and send it to Albion College by April 1 for fall admission, October 1 for spring admission, or December 1 for early action. Late applications will be reviewed if space allows. Once Albion College has received the application materials, an admission decision is made within four weeks.
Financial Aid—American students at Albion College pay anywhere from half of the cost of their education up to the full cost. International students should consider an Albion education an investment the student, family and sponsors are willing to make. Few colleges and universities in the United States provide financial support to international students. International students often receive scholarships to Albion College, although our policies limit the maximum award for international students to 50 percent of the total cost of attendance.
Students who demonstrate the highest academic potential and bring significant co-curricular interests to our campus will receive the greatest consideration for these awards. In awarding scholarships, Albion College also considers an applicant's financial need upon review of the application, as well as other requirements.
Notification of a scholarship is made at the time of admission, and will be noted in the acceptance letter.
For further information about international student admission requirements, please contact:
Office of Admission
c/o International Student Admission
611 E. Porter St.
Albion, MI 49224
International Baccalaureate -- The College recognizes the strength and rigor of the International Baccalaureate Program. Students will receive one unit (four semester hours) of credit for higher level passes with a score of 5 or more. Scores of 4 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Normally, no more than four units (16 hours) of credit from this program will be awarded to an individual. Students must petition a department or the faculty Petitions Committee for exceptions to these limits.
Veterans -- Veterans returning from military service and other eligible military personnel are admitted to Albion College under the training provisions established by the Veterans Administration. The College may allow credit for military service activities which have educational content to students who present acceptable military records. Such credentials should be submitted as part of the admission materials. Details about veteran's benefits under the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008 are available online.
ConApp -- Albion College is a participating college in the United States Army Concurrent Application Program (ConApp) and welcomes applications from prospective students who wish to continue their education after active duty military service. Interested students should contact the Albion College Admissions Office or their Army recruiter for information on the ConApp program and related veteran's benefits for higher education. Albion guarantees admission to qualified ConApp applicants after military service.
Auditors -- A non-degree student may enroll as an official auditor. This obligates a student to attend classes and complete course requirements (papers, laboratory assignments, tests, and a final examination). The course appears on the transcript and the grade is posted, but no degree credit is earned.
Guest Students -- Albion College accepts a number of guest students. All guest students must be in good academic standing at their home institution. Guest students assume responsibility for determining whether the course they take at Albion will apply to their program of study.