Transfer Profile: Emily Espinosa, '16
What made you pick Albion College?
I applied and auditioned for several different schools, including some very large ones, but when I visited these bigger schools I felt so insignificant. Even from just campus visits I felt like I did not matter and would never be heard. I knew that I needed something more personal where I could make an impact and contribute.
When I visited Albion College, I immediately felt the emphasis on the individual students. Each one mattered. I knew that I would matter. Everyone was really friendly and made me feel so welcome. It was such a wonderful experience I had not received anywhere else that my mind was made up. This was the school for me.
So far, how is Albion different from your previous school?
Albion is very different from my last school. One of the things that immediately struck me upon arriving was how everyone here really wants to be here and wants to learn. Here the teachers hold high expectations that really motivate us students to do our best and truly invest ourselves in learning.
Also, at Albion I have noticed how the college is connected as a community. Because of the small classes, students get to know their classmates and teachers well. Chances are, while walking through the quad, you will see many friendly faces you can greet as friends. Albion is a college that really fosters relationships and values each and every student.
What are you studying? What are you involved in?
I am an Elementary English Language Arts major with a minor in Spanish. Initially I came in as a music major, but after taking an education class, I realized that my new dream was to be an elementary school teacher. The education program here at Albion is phenomenal and I am enjoying every second of it! One of my favorite parts about the program is that for every education class, we are placed in a public school classroom where we get field experience and get to interact with students and teachers around the community.
Even though I switched from my music major, I am still very involved in music on campus. I am also very involved with Christian life on campus and participate in Chapel and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Through these groups I have met incredible people and made lasting friendships that have truly changed me and helped me grow.
What are you plans after graduating from Albion?
After graduating from Albion I plan to continue my education and get a masters degree. Perhaps I will teach for a few years before doing that, or do some traveling. I want to see more of the world. My classes here at Albion have really inspired a thirst in me to learn more than just what can be taught in a classroom. They have opened my eyes to the incredible wealth of knowledge and opportunities that are out there and made me eager to pursue them.
What was the transfer process like for you?
Transferring schools is a daunting process and I did not know where to start. Thanks to the wonderful help and guidance from the Admission Office it turned out to be a much smoother transition than I had anticipated. She made everything very clear and easy for me to do and before I knew it, I was a Brit. It did not stop there though. Even once I got here I was surrounded by a plethora of resources and helping hands. People were so eager and willing to help me with everything that the fear that I had felt going into the process completely vanished and I transitioned to my new life with confidence.
What's been the most pleasantly surprising thing you've seen at Albion?
The most pleasantly surprising thing that I have experienced at Albion is how at home I feel here. I feel like this is where I belong. It surprised me because, as a transfer student, I was coming in not knowing a single other person and was rather worried about finding that feeling of inclusion and acceptance. It has been incredible, though. I have never felt so much a part of something and that is very empowering and encouraging.
“I truly believe what makes Albion great are the people. The sense of family, community, and the way we take care of our own is truly special.”
In Marcus’ words:
On making the most of your campus visit:
“During a campus visit, meet as many people and ask as many questions as you can.”
The Albion Team:
“A great team starts with its leadership. I believe we have great leaders here, which makes it easy to be part of such a great team. We have a group of people who love to work with each other, genuinely care about one another, and are always willing to help.”
On choosing Albion:
“If you want a great education, if you’re looking to build lifelong relationships and to be part of a special place, consider Albion College.”
A tangible goal rather than just a dream, he hopes to someday be a Division I Head Men’s Basketball Coach.
Go-To Movie: Coach Carter
His Albion Legacy: Marcus was a point guard on Albion’s 2003 MIAA Championship Basketball team.
Artist Academic Interest
The Distinguished Artist Program
The Distinguished Artist Program is an opportunity for you to show us your talent in the arts and earn additional scholarship money to attend Albion College. With your participation, you will be eligible to receive additional scholarship assistance; more than $250,000 was awarded to participants last year. One participant will receive a full tuition scholarship to attend Albion College!
To be eligible to participate in this scholarship program, you must be accepted to Albion College for entry as a first-year student in the fall of 2015. If you haven't applied to Albion yet, do so by December 22, 2014 for timely consideration.
You may choose to participate in one of these areas:
- Creative Writing
- Integrated Arts (film, visual poetry, and more)
You will be asked to perform or present your portfolio for 15 minutes and then a panel of faculty will discuss your presentation with you for another 15 minutes.
Distinguished Artists Program - Presentation & Selection Process
While on campus, we will make arrangements for you to tour campus or interview with one of our programs of distinction.
Why should I participate?
This opportunity helps you understand our hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts and sciences. We hope you will begin to understand the value of this type of education as a result of your participation.
The process of selecting your method of participation, preparing for the competition and then participating helps you experience the teaching and learning environment at Albion. You will also receive valuable feedback and encouragement from your panel of faculty.
The most effective way for us to identify promising artists and scholars is through in-person participation and dialog. This is your opportunity to show our faculty more about your future potential than may be apparent in your admission application and essay.
What if I don't want to compete?
Interview/Audition/Portfolio Day is an alternative opportunity for you to display your talents in the fine arts (music, theater, visual art) and/or schedule interviews with the Gerstacker Institute, Ford Institute, Environmental Center, and Honors Program.
Can I talk someone this opportunity?
Your admission counselor can help you decide which opportunity is right for you. In addition, we have a student mentor and some faculty mentors available to talk with you.
or call 800/858.6770.
Admission Enrollment Deposit
A $350 enrollment deposit is required to secure your place in the incoming class. This deposit may be submitted the following ways:
Log into your Albion College student portal and replying to the offer of admission.
Via check payable to Albion College mailed to:
Office of Admission
611 E. Porter St.
Albion, MI 49224
Call our office at 800/858.6770, office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact the admission office via email (
) or call 800/858.6770.
Lisa Lewis Steps Out Of The Classroom To Become Director of Admission Events
Although teaching chemistry is her first love, Lisa Lewis has worked in several capacities throughout her 19 years at Albion College. "I chose a career as a chemistry professor at a liberal arts college because I valued the educational experience I received as an undergraduate, and I wanted to share my enthusiasm for this type of learning with my students," she said.
Never afraid of something new, her latest adventure involves serving as the Director of Admission Events. She sees this new position as an extension of her role as a professor, allowing her to create educational events for prospective students. With an understanding that not everyone immediately recognizes the significance of a liberal arts education, Lisa wants to help visitors experience what life is like at Albion, and enable them to better understand why the education offered here is so valuable.
Lisa's experience as a professor has helped her immensely in this position, as she tackles event planning the same way that she approaches her classroom. "I reflect on what is important for our guests to learn or experience as part of their visit to campus, and then I use this goal to influence the design of the event," she said.
Lisa planned three open houses and more than 20 on-campus events during the Fall 2014 semester in hopes of attracting the next generation of high school graduates. "Our visitors have been energized and excited to meet our faculty and staff, and to work with them on a meaningful project during their visit. They have experienced Albion, and we're showing them, one experience at a time, that it's a great place to grow."
Albion Welcomes Military Veterans
Albion College is proud to serve
those who served.
Our commitment to active and veteran military members is clear—U.S. News & World Report ranks us No. 4 among national liberal arts colleges in its 2015 Best Colleges for Veterans list. We're also recognized as a 2014 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:
Documents can be submitted to the admission office at this address:
611 E. Porter St., Albion, Michigan 49224
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 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.
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.
The first part is completing
The Common Application
The second part is completing the Statement of Financial Support (PDF).
Documents can be submitted to the admission office at this address:
611 E. Porter St., Albion, Michigan 49224
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.
A Record of Career Success: Alumni Profiles
The best way to learn the value of an Albion education is from those who have experienced it. Check out what these recent graduates have to say.
T.J. Carnegie, '97: Developing solutions in political marketing
T.J. Carnegie, '97
Developing solutions in political marketing
Full Circle Political Marketing, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Why Albion? It is difficult to choose one reason: the strong academics; the close community of students and faculty; the beautiful campus and strong traditions. I believe it is the unique combination of it all that makes Albion such a great place. Even years later, I still cherish my time as a Briton and my experiences on campus. Albion taught me how to leverage classroom theory, address practical issues, and develop solutions that I apply every day in managing my political marketing organization.