August 6, 2013
Once again, Albion College is receiving recognition as a leader in undergraduate education. Citing a "growing reputation" that "provides undergraduates with a 'rigorous but rewarding' academic experience replete with 'huge opportunities,'" The Princeton Review counts Albion among The Best 378 Colleges.
The Princeton Review's 2014 edition of its annual guide highlighted Albion's science offerings, concluding from its student survey that "lab facilities are great" and ranking them 17th nationally. "While the college certainly offers a 'great liberal arts education,' undergrads are especially quick to highlight the strong science, premed, and business programs," the write-up states. "Indeed, students like to boast that Albion 'has a very high rate of students being accepted into medical school.'"
The strong relationships forged between students and faculty came through with a "Profs accessible" score of 93 (out of 100), and the College's No. 17 ranking for "Lots of Greek Life" was supported by statements such as "'Greek life is fantastic'" and "undergrads here find their peers to be 'serious about school but also very fun and friendly.'"
"It is an honor to once again be recognized in The Princeton Review Best Colleges list," said Interim President Mike Frandsen. "It is especially gratifying to see comments from our students about the excellence of our faculty, the wide variety of opportunities that allow all students to find their place, and the student outcomes that make us proud. Last year 94 percent of our graduates were employed, in graduate school, or doing organized service work within six months of graduation."
The Best Colleges mention comes on the heels of Albion's inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014, which presents the "best and most interesting" schools in a way that allows readers to discover the real personality of an institution, from the student body, academics and social life to financial aid, the campus setting, housing, food, and extracurricular activities. The 30th edition of the book is compiled by Edward B. Fiske, former education editor of The New York Times and the leading independent voice in college admissions.
In addition, Albion enters its 2013-2014 Year of Sustainability with an additional Princeton Review honor, as one of its 322 Green Colleges. Students attend class and perform lab work in a LEED-certified science complex, and can major in sustainability studies, environmental science, and environmental studies through the Center for Sustainability and the Environment.
"Albion has always had a great tradition of sustainability and studies in the arts and sciences," said Provost Susan Conner. "Our students, parents, and alumni know us well. It is wonderful to have others notice us for the great education we bring."