Transfer Profile: Tess Haadsma, '15
Hometown: Battle Creek, Mich.
Major: English - creative writing emphasis
Activities: Co-captain of the swim team, editor on The Pleiad, tour guide, First Year Experience mentor.
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 your 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.
Distinguished Albion College Community College Transfer Scholarship
Albion College has established the Distinguished Albion College-Community College Transfer Scholarship to recognize outstanding achievements by students at two-year colleges. This scholarship is offered to highly qualified applicants who wish to transfer to a liberal arts college for completion of their bachelor’s degree.
One student at each of the participating community colleges will be awarded the scholarship. Participating community colleges include:
- Grand Rapids Community College
- Jackson Community College
- Kalamazoo Valley Community College
- Kellogg Community College
- Lansing Community College
- Washtenaw Community College
Selection and Requirements
Candidates for this scholarship must be currently enrolled at a partnering community college and must have been admitted to Albion College. After a review, students whose credentials meet or exceed the scholarship requirements will be invited to interview with the Transfer Committee. Scholarship recipients will be announced at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
Eligible students must meet the following criteria:
- Completion of an associate's degree or minimum of 48 credit hours at a participating community college prior to entrance to Albion College.
- Admission to Albion College by May 1 for fall entrance.
- Completion and submission of a FAFSA to Albion by May 1.
- A 3.8 GPA or higher at the community college level. Academic rigor and performance will be assessed over the equivalent of three semesters of full-time college-level work.
- Student must be pursuing an academic major offered at Albion College.
- The recipient will be identified as a Distinguished Albion College- Community College Transfer Student.
- The scholarship will cover 75 percent of the student’s tuition for the first year of attendance. For the second year of attendance, the scholarship is renewable in the same amount, as long as the student is making satisfactory academic progress by achieving an annual GPA of 3.0 or higher and remaining in good standing.
- Eligibility for subsequent scholarship support after two years of attendance at Albion College will be based on the student’s progress toward degree completion.
Should the scholarship recipient also apply for need-based financial aid, College policies will be followed in awarding additional aid.
If you have any questions about the Distinguished Albion College-Community College Transfer Student Scholarship, please contact Wade Nichols, associate director of transfer recruitment, at
Application Deadlines for Transfer Students
Albion College accepts completed applications for transfer students according to the following timeline:
January 1 – Spring semester deadline
August 1 – Fall semester deadline
Transfer Admission FAQs
Q: How do I apply for admission as a transfer student to Albion College?
A: You are welcome to apply online. Online applications are free. Albion also accepts the Common Application.
Q: What other materials do I need to submit with my transfer application?
A: Students who have earned 24 or more college credits from an accredited institution will need to send an official copy of their college transcript. Students who have less than 24 college credits from an accredited institution will need to send an official copy of their high school transcript, ACT or SAT score(s), and college transcript. Albion College's ACT code is 1956; our SAT code is 1007.
Transcripts can be sent to:
Office of Admission
611 E. Porter St.
Albion, MI 49224
Albion may also request additional information before admission will be granted.
Q: When will I find out about the status of my completed application?
A: Once you have submitted all of the necessary documents, the completed application will be reviewed for final approval. You will be notified shortly afterward.
Q: What is the minimum GPA requirement for admission to Albion College?
A: The minimum cumulative GPA required for admission to Albion College as a transfer student is 2.5. Albion also considers the academic rigor of the institution you are currently attending or have attended.
Q: How will classes transfer to Albion College?
A: Decisions on transfer credit are based on your official transcript. Visit the Transfer of Credit Policy page in the Registrar section of the Albion website to view what courses have historically transferred to Albion College. If a course is not listed on the site, the Albion Registrar's Office will work with you individually to determine if a course will transfer. Albion College recognizes MACRAO courses and will accept the MACRAO stamp on your transcript.
Courses under 100 level or grades below 2.0 will not transfer to Albion College.
Q: When can I enroll at Albion College?
A: You can enroll either fall or spring semester. A completed application for admission and all accompanying materials should be submitted at least eight weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.
Q: Does Albion College offer scholarships to transfer students?
A: Because we believe that transfer students should be rewarded for their accomplishments, Albion College offers a variety of merit-based scholarships, including the Distinguished Albion College-Community College Transfer Scholarship. We look at not only your outstanding academic achievements, but also your special skills and talents. Scholarships are awarded after you are admitted to Albion College. No additional application is needed. Scholarships are renewable each year.
Need-based financial aid from federal, state, and Albion College sources includes grants, loans, and student employment. The FAFSA is required for any type of need-based financial assistance. Use Albion's school code: 002235.
Q: Are transfer students required to live on campus?
A: Albion College is a residential college, and therefore most students are required to live on campus. Housing options include apartments and residence halls. Exceptions may be made based on age, marital status, and other factors.
Q: Is student employment available?
Student employment is available in campus offices and through the Federal Work-Study program. See the Human Resources section of Albion's website for more information.