Conversation on Community
Richard Longworth, senior fellow of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an expert on globalization's impact on the Midwest, spoke with WMUK in Kalamazoo leading up to his participation on the September 11 "Albion Tomorrow" panel discussion.
They’re all good questions. These are the common ones.
- How long has Albion been around?
- How many students attend Albion?
- Where is Albion? How do I get there?
- Which majors are offered?
- Is Albion ranked nationally?
- What are the AP policies?
- What does it cost?
- What scholarships are available?
- What percentage of students receive scholarships or financial aid?
- What's the average need-based financial aid award?
- What grades and test scores do I need to be accepted?
- Are master's or graduate classes offered?
- How can I find out more about Albion?
How long has Albion been around?
Albion College was founded in 1835 and was the first private college in Michigan to have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Today, Albion is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college, historically related to the United Methodist Church.
Where is Albion? How do I get there?
Albion College is located in the city of Albion in the south-central area of Michigan, between the cities of Ann Arbor and Battle Creek. Albion is 90 miles west of Detroit and 175 miles east of Chicago, near Interstate 94. It is easily accessible from Interstate 80/90 via Interstate 69. The nearest airport is Detroit International Airport (airport code DTW).
Which majors are offered?
Albion offers 38 academic majors as well as 11 interdisciplinary concentrations and pre-professional programs—49 programs of study overall.
Is Albion ranked nationally?
Albion is ranked among the top 100 National Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. News' "America's Best Colleges" guide and is featured in The Princeton Review's The Best 378 Colleges. Albion is also considered a top-40 "bang for the buck" by Washington Monthly.
What are the AP policies?
A score of 4 or 5 on an AP exam automatically earns college credit and may be counted toward advanced placement in that area. Depending on the department, a grade of 3 may result in advanced placement and, at the discretion of the department, may also be granted as college credit.
What are the official costs?
Tuition and fees for 2013-14 are $35,866.00, plus $10,144.00 for room and board, totaling $46,010.00. Books and supplies average $900-$1,000 per year.
What scholarships are available?
All admitted students are considered for academic scholarships during the admission process. Qualified candidates will be notified at the same time that they learn about admission. Academic scholarships are based on information provided on the admission application. Departmental scholarships are also available. For detailed information, visit Financial Aid.
What percentage of students receive scholarships or financial aid?
For the 2012-13 academic year, 97 percent of Albion students receive merit-based scholarships or need-based financial assistance, or both.
What grades and test scores do I need to be accepted?
Because we conduct a holistic review that incorporates a variety of factors, both academic and personal, there are no minimum figures. The average high school GPA for the Fall 2012 incoming class was 3.5, the average ACT composite score was 25, and the average SAT score was 1180.
How can I find out more about Albion?
Try the Key Facts page for more information.