Transfer Profile: Tess Haadsma
What made you pick Albion College?
I had looked into attending Albion right out of high school, but ultimately chose to attend a larger, public university because of a scholarship opportunity I had there. Right off the bat, I wasn't exactly happy there, and for the duration of my two years there, I just felt like it wasn't where I was supposed to be. When I finally talked with my parents and made the decision to transfer, Albion was without a doubt my first choice. I was instantly attracted to the liberal arts education approach Albion emphasizes.
I know it probably seems cheesy, but as soon as I stepped foot on Albion's campus, I knew it was where I belonged. I had always heard people talk about visiting a campus and just knowing that it was where they were meant to be, but I never really believed that people actually experienced that feeling until I felt it for myself at Albion College.
So far, how is Albion different from your previous school?
First, I noticed that Albion's campus has a cozier feel to it. Not only in terms of the size of campus, but in the way people interact with one another. Professors actually remember your name, students smile and say hello in passing.
And classes are much smaller and more discussion based. I'm taking an "Intro to Psychology" class this semester, and it's a class of 25 students. At my old school, all the intro psych classes were huge lectures with 150-plus students. Albion makes it so much less intimidating to ask questions and actually participate in class.
What are you studying? What are you involved in?
I'm majoring in Communication Studies with an emphasis on professional communication and production. The specific communication track I chose is really neat, because it requires classes from the both the English and communication departments, giving my communication studies degree a bit more of a concentration on writing, which is something that I found incredibly appealing.
As soon as I made the decision to become a student here at Albion, I knew instantly that I wanted to join the swim team. Swimming is a sport I've always loved, and one thing that's really exciting to me about transferring to a school like Albion is having the opportunity to be part of a team again, and represent my school by doing something I absolutely adore. I'm also planning to write for Albion's newspaper, The Pleiad.
What are you plans after graduating from Albion?
While my post-graduation plans are still up in the air, I hope to attend graduate school to earn my masters degree in either library/information science or journalism/mass communication. No matter whether I decide to attend graduate school right away or take a break from school to get some "real life" experience first, I know that my Albion College degree will give me the experience and ability necessary to succeed in whatever I choose to do.
What's been the most pleasantly surprising thing you've seen at Albion?
How friendly everyone is! I know it probably sounds so ridiculous, but having come from a larger institution, it genuinely surprised me how friendly and connected everyone is here. The advisers and professors at Albion are so much more willing to sit down and talk with you, and work out an academic plan that's tailored specifically for you. On move-in day, a handful of students stopped by my room to introduce themselves, which was something I was definitely not expecting, but I was so happy that they did!
What was the transfer process like for you?
The process of transferring to Albion was a lot smoother of a process than I had been expecting! Before even submitting an application, I made contact with the transfer admissions counselor, Karen. She responded almost instantly, and really identified with my situation and understood where I was coming from, which made me feel so much more at ease. Since I had previously applied and been admitted to Albion right out of high school, all I had to do was reactivate my application from high school, which was really nice.
As a transfer student, the actual process of credit transferring from one institution to another can be nerve-wracking, but the way they did it here at Albion was fairly painless. I set up a meeting time with the registrar, and he sat down and explained to me how credits work at Albion, what the requirements for graduation are, and which of my credits from my previous institution had direct equivalencies here at Albion College.
“Students receive an education and college experience worthy of the opportunities and challenges that face our ever-changing world.”
In Corey’s words:
On the Albion setting:
“A traditional campus, modern facilities and cutting-edge academics.”
“I’m Class of 2008, and since my return this summer, many professors have welcomed me ‘home.’”
Can’t-miss Albion activity:
“Victory Park, a five-minute walk from campus, has a world-class disc golf course. The 2015 world championship will be here. Who knew?”
Let My People Go Surfing
by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia.
Favorite off-campus eats: Lopez Taco House.
You can also find him:on a mountain bike.
Alumni/Parent Admission Volunteers
As an Albion College alum or a parent of a current Albion student (or both!), you can play a special role in the work of the Admission Office.
Your connection to Albion already runs deep, and one of the best ways to show it is by reaching out to the next class of Albion students and their families. Your perspective and passion can make a profound difference in a student's decision to choose Albion.
You can make an impact in a number of ways:
Host a prospective student event at your home or in your area.
Represent Albion at a local college fair.
Attend a recruitment event in your area to meet and encourage prospective students and families.
Offer helpful information about local high schools and community programs to your area's admission counselor.
Provide personal outreach via a phone call or email to admitted students in your area.
Are you in? We hope so! Get things started by completing our volunteer form below, and an Admission Office representative will be in touch with you promptly. If you have questions about the program, call the Admission Office at 800/858-6770.
We look forward to hearing from—and working with—you!
Albion College Swag
To celebrate your acceptance to the College, we want to outfit you with some of your very first Albion gear. Pick one of the items above -- a flag, T-shirt, or pair of shades -- and let us know your choice!
We also want to remind you about our Albion Advantage Day coming up on Friday, April 4. Learn more about the visit day when you choose your gift.
Again, congratulations on your acceptance. Be sure to show your Briton spirit by wearing the sunglasses or T-shirt with pride, or flying your Albion flag high!
10 Tips for Filling Out The FAFSA
The college search is an exciting and sometimes nerve-wracking time—for parents as well as students. There are so many things to do to prepare to send your child off to college. One “to-do list” item many parents dread is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. We’re here to help alleviate some of that FAFSA anxiety. Keep these tips in mind.
It’s not as bad as you think and we’re here to help.
Both you and your student will need a PIN.
This allows you to electronically sign the FAFSA and gain access to federal student aid websites. You can get a pin at www.pin.ed.gov.
The FAFSA is free.
Don’t pay to submit the form or have anyone complete the form for you. If you need assistance, contact our office. File your FAFSA at: www.fafsa.gov.
It’s OK to use estimated information.
You don’t need to wait to complete your tax return before submitting your FAFSA. Use the best information you have available. You’ll be able to update your FAFSA once you’ve filed your taxes.
Submit your FAFSA by February 15.
We recommend this deadline to ensure you’re eligible for all available funds. You can submit your FAFSA at any time, but we recommend you do it early to help you plan.
Have the information you need before you start.
This includes your PIN, social security numbers, 2013 federal tax returns –or estimates, bank and brokerage statements.
Make sure both the parent and student sign the FAFSA.
The FAFSA won’t be processed until both the parent and student provide a PIN or signature.
Review your Student Aid Report.
This is your confirmation that your FAFSA was processed and provides important follow up information. It also provides instructions on how to update your FAFSA, if needed.
Make sure your student reads any email sent by the FAFSA processor or the financial aid office. Requests for additional information will be sent to the email address he or she submitted on the admission application.
Need more help?
Check out the 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA video or contact our office at
Albion Welcomes Military Veterans
Albion College is proud to serve
those who served.
Our commitment to active and veteran military members is clear—we're recognized as a 2012 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs, a magazine for U.S. military personnel transitioning into civilian life.
Albion is where you take the next step—and we're with you all along the way. Our support services for veterans include individualized advising from faculty members (who are also veterans) as well as opportunities for on-campus social networking with other veterans. And that's just the beginning.
It starts with your application, and we have two great options:
Once we've received your completed application and supporting documentation, the Admission Committee will review your application. If we have questions or need more information, we will contact you.
Albion College’s educational program is approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The College is also a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium.
Albion College is known for its programs of distinction, not to mention the doors these programs open for Albion students.
Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program
The Brown Honors Institute challenges students beyond traditional lecture and laboratory courses with intimate discussion, field trips, retreats, guest lecturers, independent research, and individualized faculty mentoring.
Center for Sustainability and the Environment
The Environmental Institute encourages students to understand the environment and humans' place in it through participatory learning, leadership, seminars, and travel experiences.
Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service
The Ford Institute takes public service to new heights with semester-long internships, including placements in locations such as the the U.S. Congress, the Michigan state legislature, and the European Parliament.
Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management
The Gerstacker Institute blends the liberal arts with "real world" business education through comprehensive course work and internships with leading public accounting firms and corporations, as well as nonprofit agencies.
Institute for Premedical Professions and Health Sciences
The Premedical and Health Care Studies Institute is an intellectual community for students pursuing careers within the rapidly changing health care field.
Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development
The Shurmur Institute advances teacher preparation with an interdisciplinary focus, an awareness of current educational issues, and a broad sense of civic responsibility.
Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (FURSCA)
FURSCA promotes student research, original scholarship, and creative efforts in all disciplines.
Dates and Deadlines (Current Students)
The following are key dates and deadlines you'll need to remember during the financial aid process.
May 1: FAFSA recommended deadline
We encourage you and your parents to complete your IRS tax returns two to three weeks prior to completing your FAFSA so you may use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when submitting your information.
Mid-May: Albion begins sending award notifications to continuing students
July 1: Recommended deadline for scholarship thank-you letters
August 1: Deadline for completing your financial aid requirements in order to have aid on your student account before your fall payment is due.
Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development
Does part of your love of learning come from joy in the prospect of sharing your knowledge with others? Do you long to influence the learning and personal development of children? The Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development will prepare you with the tools for effective teaching: depth in your major, breadth in the liberal arts, practical classroom skills, understanding of the issues affecting education, and the ethics of civic responsibility and affirming diversity.
Through internships, research, and travel, you'll study the most successful teaching practices as well as learn to develop and test new ideas yourself, including the thoughtful use of educational technology. In tandem with the College's Education Department, the Institute administers the elementary, secondary, and K-12 teacher certification programs, and has developed highly innovative field experiences for prospective teachers in the local schools. Roundtable discussions, visiting lecturers, alumni teachers-in-residence, and summer programs will round out your preparation to serve as a role model of outstanding classroom teaching and an intentional agent of change.
Learn more about the Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development.
Start here when you’re ready to go further.
Albion's international student application has two basic parts. Both parts are required of every international applicant, and each of these applications has detailed requirements, which can be found on our international admission requirements page.
1. The first part is completing either the Albion Advantage Application or The Common Application.
2. The second part is completing the Statement of Financial Support (PDF).
Once all of these documents are received the Admission Committee will review your file.
We welcome your questions about the application process (800/858-6770 or
) and look forward to getting to know you better.
Associate Director of Transfer Admission
Education: B.S., Food Marketing; Michigan State University, 1993
Hometown: Coldwater, Mich.; Coldwater High School
Hobbies/Fun Facts: I have taken up running and most recently I ran my first half-marathon in Traverse City, MI. Traveling is always something that I have enjoyed doing. My favorite place that I visited was Rome, Italy. It was so cool to walk around the Roman Colosseum. My all-time favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family.
What makes Albion College special to you? I started out at a community college and then transferred to a four-year institution to complete my bachelor's degree. Albion has given me the opportunity to work with transfer students in order to help them make the transition to a four-year institution as smoothly as possible. I remember what the transfer process was like for me and I want to help transfer students as they go through the process of finding the right fit for them.
Favorite Albion Moment: The first time that I toured campus. The campus was so beautiful with all of the trees and landscaping. I was amazed at how friendly and welcoming everyone was during my tour. The people at Albion College really maintain a family-like atmosphere.
Best College Search Tip: Do your research. Find out which schools offer the programs that you are interested in, the types of scholarships available, and how well your credits will transfer into the institution you are researching. As you narrow down your list of schools, be sure to visit the campus to make sure that it is the right fit for you.
Recruitment Territories: Transfer students