Albion Recognized in National College Lists
As the 2011-12 academic year fast approaches, Albion College is again featured in the latest editions of three well-known selective college listing services.
The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012, compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, includes an essay on each of its 300-plus profiles of colleges that, in its estimation, represent the “best and most interesting of the more than 2,200 four-year colleges in the United States.” Indicating that “Future doctors, lawyers, and businesspeople are well served,” the guide stated that “Albion’s most distinguishing feature is the emphasis placed on citizenship and service. … Students focus some of their energy by working for groups supported by the Student Volunteer Bureau; in fact, half of the students volunteer on a regular basis.”
Albion is also included in The Best 376 Colleges, the annual publication produced by The Princeton Review. The college preparation firm cited, according to students, Albion’s “amazing ability to provide the ‘small school' intimacy with peers and instructors while delivering world-class education that competes with major universities.” Another student singled out the College’s roster of “professors that would make many bigger schools drool.”
In addition, Albion fared well in Forbes’ latest ranking of America’s Top Colleges. According to its methodology, the “annual ranking of the 650 best undergraduate institutions focuses on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt. … We try to evaluate the college purchase as a consumer would.”
Update, Sept. 13, 2011: Albion also climbed in U.S. News and World Report's latest ranking, Best Colleges 2012, due in part to the high marks the College received from high school counselors.