Welcome to Student Affairs
As a residential college, Albion is concerned with the growth and development of the whole person in a number of interrelated realms: intellectual, personal, social, spiritual, emotional, physical, vocational. A primary goal of the Student Affairs Divison is to encourage students to develop a greater sense of responsibility: responsibility for their own education, responsibility for their own decision-making, responsibilitiy for formulating defensible positions on important issues—indeed responsibility for determining their own identity and life's direction.
Under the direction of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, the eight departments and one program within the Student Affairs Division of the College provide programs and services that support the academic mission of the College and that encourage and enhance a full educational experience for each individual student. To learn more about the departments and programs within the Student Affairs Division, please visit the websites for these offices and programs.
Division of Student Affairs Mission Statement
The Albion College Division of Student Affairs engages each student in a safe and enriching residential learning community that fosters self-directed growth and development so that each student becomes a contributing and interdependent global citizen.
Residential Life prides itself on providing students room selection with a personal touch. There are a number of potential housing options for our returning students to make their collegiate years that much more memorable.
The room selection process for the upcoming academic year begins each February. Informational emails will be sent to all students enrolled during the Spring Semester with important information regarding the room selection process for the upcoming year. Students will also receive their lottery number via email, each student is randomly assigned a lottery number based on units completed and will be used to help assign the housing options.
Should you ever have questions regarding the room selection process, please contact us.
Because Albion is a residential college, students must reside in College housing. Even though there is a sense of safety when living closely with one's peers, be sure that you do not allow anyone - students or non-students - to exploit that environment. The vast majority of crimes in the residence halls involve theft of personal property.
Almost always, the theft is from an unlocked room or an unattended common area. YOU CAN prevent these "crimes of opportunity."
Security Measures in the Residence Halls
1. Do not prop open residence hall doors—even for a friend.
2. Lock your door when you leave—even for a short time.
3. Lock your door before going to sleep.
4. Lock windows that are accessible from outside.
5. Keep your small items of value, such as wallets, purses, money and jewelry out of sight.
6. Participate in Operation Identification—engrave all valuable items with your driver's license number. Call Campus Safety for information.
7. Do not leave notes on your door announcing that no one is in the room.
8. Never loan out your keys or ID card.
9. Report any persons acting suspiciously in and around the residence halls. Note their description and location and call. Campus Safety immediately.
10. Report any doors, locks or windows in need of repair to your resident assistant or Campus Safety.
11. Report all thefts immediately to Campus Safety.
Albion Area Spiritual Opportunities
A directory Albion Area Spiritual Opportunities is available to any current Albion College student, faculty, or staff member. You must come by the Office of the Chaplain (Ferguson 103) to pick up a hard copy. The guide provides information on over 100 different organizations in or near Albion College, representing 16 different spiritual traditions. For information on specific faith communities, please contact the College Chaplain.
Boyd Meditation Chapel
Individuals and groups affiliated with Albion College are welcome to use the Boyd Meditation Chapel, located on the south end of Goodrich Chapel. Storage lockers are available for reservation by College-affiliated groups focused on spiritual life. Zabutons, zafus, and literature about spiritual practices are available for use. Boyd Meditation Chapel is available for reservation by contacting
Stockwell 305: Spiritual Life Library
Individuals and groups affiliated with Albion College are welcome to use Stockwell 305, located on the upper level of the historic Stockwell Library. Books, literature, and other items used by spiritual life group can be checked out on an honor-basis. Shelf space (locked or unlocked) is available for reservation by College-affiliated groups focused on spiritual life. Starting fall semester 2010, there will also be a coffeemaker, microwave, hotpot, and other items. Stockwell 305 is available for reservation by contacting
Students who have lost a loved one (or are going to) often find comfort through their faith. The College Chaplain offers spiritual care in times of grief, offering confidential space, bereavement resources, and prayer. At times, the College Chaplain collaborates with Counseling Services to co-facilitate a bereavement support group.
The College Chaplain is available to meet with couples about their relationship, and with couples who are preparing for marriage. It is strongly advised that couples meet with a clergy and/or counseling, to prepare for a life together. The Office of the Chaplain offers pre-marital curriculum, available for free for members of the Albion College community.
The College Chaplain facilitates a co-curricular group for students considering ministry. The group meets occasionally throughout the academic year, with discussion topics based on the individual needs of participants. The group is partnered with academic departments, as well as with the Department of Career Services. Contact the Office of the Chaplain for more information.
The Office of the Chaplain maintains a current listing of ministry opportunities, gathered from a variety of sources. Students seeking an opportunity (short-term or long-term) are encouraged to inquire. This listing is maintained in conjunction with the Department of Career Services.