Albion College Welcomes Its Class of 2016

First-year students move in Wesley Hall.First-year students move into Wesley Hall.Albion College's 2012-13 Global Diversity Theme Year is well reflected in an enthusiastic crop of first-year students. From Albion to Mongolia, from physics to finance, the Class of 2016 encompasses a range of experiences, interests, and goals that are truly global.

The 369 members of the Class of '16 hail from 13 states and 10 foreign countries, including the United Kingdom, China, Pakistan, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Burma. The 24 new international degree-seekers bring the number of international students on campus to 69, nearly five percent of the student body.

Albion's new international students represent 10 countries.Albion College's 24 new international students represent 10 countries.Like the overall student body, Albion's first-year class tips slightly in favor of males, at 53 percent. Well over 60 percent of the Class of 2016 plans to go out for one (or more) of 22 intercollegiate sports teams, and nearly that many plan to join one (or more) of the College's distinctive programs focused on business and management, health care, public policy and service, environmental and sustainability studies, and education. These institutes and centers, along with the College's honors program, provide more opportunities for experiential education and pre-professional preparation above and beyond Albion's well-regarded liberal arts education.

Albion's attraction to transfer students continues to be strong, as the College adds 35 transfer students from 28 two- and four-year institutions. Among that group are Albion's first two Distinguished Albion College-Community College Transfer Scholars, chosen from Washtenaw Community College and Kellogg Community College. These scholarships, open to highly qualifed applicants from six Michigan community colleges, are worth 75% of Albion's tuition.