Hands-On Learning

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Your hands are a tool by which you explore the world. They're also how you show people where you experience hands-on learning in Michigan. At Albion, we create an environment where you’re encouraged to dive into the things that you love.

We'll get you outside of the classroom so you can get your hands dirty with experience, and prepare yourself for the real world. Our job is to listen. To lend a hand when you need it. To give you a pat on the back, a round of applause or a gentle nudge in the right direction.

At Albion, we’ll help you grasp the opportunities of today so that you can take hold of your future.

Apply today and begin writing your own hands-on story.

Where to Eat

Albion and the surrounding area are full of dining options.

Take a picnic—we’re right on the river.

You're welcome to dine on campus, or take a picnic to go. Just let us know what you're looking for. Find dining services here.

We're also close to some of the best pizza around. An Albion, Michigan fixture for years, Cascarelli's Restaurant serves made-from-scratch pizza covered with its signature sauce (made using a 70-year-old recipe) loaded with toppings. It's definitely worth leaving campus for. Be sure to stop in on one of the Friday nights when the College's own jazz ensemble performs.

Local Restaurants


Biggby Coffee
217 E Michigan Ave
Albion, MI 49224

Cascarelli's of Albion
116 South Superior Street
Albion, MI 49224

Charlie's Tavern
111 West Porter Street
Albion, MI 49224

Darb's Country Tavern
20985 27 1/2 Mile Road
Albion, MI 49224

Frosty Dan's
1455 North Eaton Street
Albion, MI 49224

Gina's Pizza & Deli
301 N Clinton Street
Albion, MI 49224

La Casa Mexicana Restaurant
1510 North Eaton Street
Albion, MI 49224

Little Red Lunch Box Cafe
113 E Michigan Avenue
Albion, MI 49224

Lopez Taco House
205 North Superior Street
Albion, MI 49224

Nora's and More
115 N. Superior Street
Albion, MI 49224

The Forks Sandwich Eatery
1313 E Michigan Avenue
Albion, MI 49224

Splitters Classic Grill - University Lanes
16653 E. Michigan Ave
Albion, MI 49224


Bernie's Main St Tavern
112 East Main Street
Homer, MI 49245

Cascarelli's of Homer
103 East Main Street
Homer, MI 49245

Five Star Pizza
115 West Main Street
Homer, MI 49245

Homer Stagecoach Cafe
131 West Main Street
Homer, MI 49245


Cornwell's Turkeyville
18935 15 1/2 Mile Road
Marshall, MI 49068

Biggby Coffee
1110 West Michigan Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Broadway Grille
107 W. Michigan Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Dark Horse Brewery
511 S. Kalamazoo Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Ice Cream Dream
1112 West Michigan Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Jade Garden
206 W. Michigan Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Kate's Diner
129 W. Michigan Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Mancino's Pizza
113 E Michigan Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Moonraker Lounge & Restaurant
11401 17 Mile Road
Marshall, MI 49068

Pastrami Joe's
105 North Jefferson Street
Marshall, MI 49068

Schuler's Restaurant & Pub
115 South Eagle Street
Marshall, MI 49068

Stagecoach Inn
201 West Michigan Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Zarzuela Spanish Tapas Restaurant
301 East Michigan Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Our Diversity

Our Diversity at Albion College.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Albion College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, marital status, or veteran status as protected by law, in all educational programs and activities, admission of students, and conditions of employment.

Religious Diversity

Albion College is historically related with the United Methodist Church, the modern form of the denomination that founded the College in 1835. Albion College focuses on Christian unity and understanding diversity within Christianity. There are many different Christian groups on campus. In addition, people from other religious backgrounds are equally included in spiritual life at Albion College. There is no preferential treatment; the College has a core commitment to supporting a spiritually diverse campus and promoting academic freedom.

Faculty Resolution on College-Church Relationship

The Faculty of Albion College recognizes the long history of social activism, service, support for education, and tradition of character formation in the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church, both past and present, is internally diverse. Its members and leadership advocate a range of different ethical and political positions. Albion's Faculty interprets the College's United Methodist affiliation in accord with this diversity.

Therefore, the College's affiliation does not imply exclusive faculty endorsement of United Methodist social teachings or theological doctrines as presented in the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. Albion does not integrate the social teachings of the Book of Discipline into its curriculum or treat them as expectations concerning the behavior of students, faculty, or staff.

One example of the faculty's neutrality regarding internal disagreements of the United Methodist Church concerns the theology and ethics of sexual orientation. Albion is committed to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students. In light of the diversity of opinion and ongoing discussions within United Methodism about the theology and ethics of homosexual practice, marriage, and ordination (represented by groups such as Reconciling Ministries Network), Albion's faculty does not endorse the teachings of the Book of Discipline on these matters. Instead, the faculty seeks to facilitate fruitful ongoing dialogue about them.

By vote of the faculty members of Albion College, March 2015


Our History

Albion Female College, 1835

Albion College has a pioneering heritage with a work ethic to match.

Albion College originally met the educational needs of the children of Native Americans and settlers in the area. In 1835, the College was awarded a charter by the Michigan Territorial Legislature, thanks to the efforts of Methodists who were early settlers in the Michigan Territory.

Always on the leading edge, Albion became one of the first schools in the Midwest to introduce coeducation. In 1850, the legislature approved the founding of the Albion Female Collegiate Institute, which was then controlled by its counterpart, the Wesleyan Seminary Corporation. But in 1857, the two schools merged under the name of the Wesleyan Seminary and Female College at Albion. Albion College was fully authorized by the state legislature to award four-year college degrees to both men and women on February 25, 1861.

From the time the cornerstone was laid for the first permanent building in 1840 until today, Albion College has remained on the same site, the original part of which is now affectionately called "the Quad." In 1861, there were only two classroom buildings. But by 1901, Albion had added a chapel, an observatory, a gymnasium, a chemistry building, and a library.

Today, Albion stands on 225 acres with more than 30 major buildings. Recently, we’ve completed tremendous additions that range from the Ferguson Administrative Building to our LEED-certified Science Complex. The aquatic, recreation, and learning centers are complemented by our 340-acre equestrian facility. Enrollment has increased from 500 students in 1901 to more than triple that number today. Full-time faculty currently totals 101, and the College has more than 23,000 living alumni.

Our growth and change are signs of our success, which we believe is founded on the things about Albion that have always remained the same. First, our emphasis on excellence in liberal arts education is our hallmark. Our commitment to a broad, rigorous foundation is complemented by our work ethic. We put students in the real world and ask them to research, participate, and lead. We expect them to do it well, to take it further, and to be more. Because Albion is where you turn thought into action. Where you learn how to live at the leading edge of who you are. Where you become your best self, ready to live a life of impact. And that’s Albion College today.

Albion's Principals and Presidents

Charles F. Stockwell, Principal, 1843-1845
Clark T. Hinman, Principal, 1846-1853
Ira Mayhew, Principal, 1853-1854
Thomas H. Sinex, President, 1854-1864
George B. Jocelyn, President, 1864-1869 and 1871-1877
J. L. G. McKown, President, 1869-1870
William B. Silber, President, 1870-1871
Lewis R. Fiske, President, 1877-1898
John P. Ashley, President, 1898-1901
Dr. Samuel Dickie, President, 1901-1921
John W. Laird, President, 1921-1924
Dr. John L. Seaton, President, 1924-1945
Dr. William W. Whitehouse, President, 1945-1960
Dr. Louis W. Norris, President, 1960-1970
Dr. Bernard T. Lomas, President, 1970-1983
Dr. Melvin L. Vulgamore, President, 1983-1997
Dr. Peter T. Mitchell, President, 1997-2007
Dr. Donna M. Randall, President, 2007-2013

Awards and Recognition

For our students, our graduates, our faculty.

Albion College in the News

Albion is one of "the best liberal arts colleges in the United States" (No. 65), according to The Wall Street Journal and the U.K.'s Times Higher Education (2017). 

We're featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges (2018).

We're included in Money magazine's list of Best Colleges for Your Money (2017).

Albion is one of The Princeton Review's Best 381 Colleges (2017).

We're one of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges in the national liberal arts category (2017).

We're in the top 100 (No. 92, to be exact) in the national liberal arts category of Washington Monthly's College Guide, which rates schools based on their contribution to the public good (2016).

We’re listed as one of America's Top Colleges by Forbes (2016).

For our campus sustainability efforts, we're included in the Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges (2015) and considered a Cool School by Sierra, the official magazine of the Sierra Club (2015).

Our teacher education program has been recognized as a Model of Excellence by the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (2013).

Our History

We’re recognized for being the first private college in Michigan to establish a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Our chapter of this national scholastic honorary society was founded in 1940—second only to the chapter at the University of Michigan.

Our Memberships

Albion is recognized as a charter member of the Annapolis Group, which consists of approximately 130 leading national independent colleges. We work together to increase public recognition around the value of a liberal arts education.

Albion and the 12 other members of the Great Lakes Colleges Association (Allegheny, Antioch, Denison, DePauw, Earlham, Hope, Kalamazoo, Kenyon, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, Wabash, and Wooster) established its consortium in 1961.

Albion was a founding member of Michigan Campus Compact (1989), which is affiliated with the national Campus Compact that consists of 1,100 institutions dedicated to encouraging student volunteerism.

A charter member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Albion is the only college to have participated continuously in the conference since its founding in 1888. The MIAA is the oldest active collegiate athletic conference in the United States.

Albion Student Awards and Recognition

Incoming Class Profile

Our students are known and selected for their academic success: 30 percent of our first-year students rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and 70 percent are in the top quarter. The middle 50 percent of Albion first-year students have an ACT score range of 22 to 28.

Albion Students

Over the last two-plus decades, we’ve produced the following scholars:

  • Rhodes Scholar (Amy Wakeland, 1992)

  • Fifteen Fulbright award winners (Stephanie Krueger, 1993; Niko Kanagawa, 2004; Rebecca Anthouard and Natalie Corbin, 2006; Sarah Heddon and Brynn Howard, 2007; Grace Keeney, Erin MacLeod, and Erica Schuster, 2008; Margaret Leiby, 2009; Sarah Julian and Katie Kirsch, 2012; Thomas Dukes, 2013; Logan Woods, 2014; Natalie Anderson, 2016)

  • Two Goldwater Scholars (Arthur Bragg, 1999; Stephanie Sanders, 2014)

  • Jack Kent Cooke Scholar (Samata Singh, 2002 and 2006)

  • Four Truman Scholars (Steven Chalk, 1989; Amy Wakeland, 1992; Shelly Fox, 1994; Christopher Carpenter, 1996)

  • Three Morris K. Udall Scholars (Catherine Game, 2007; Erica Tauzer, 2009; Pryce Hadley, 2011)

  • One of 26 EPA Environmental Management Fellows in summer 2006 (Catherine Fontana)

  • National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellows (Diane Jackson Constan, 1996; Natalie Dubois, 1997; Arthur Bragg, 1999; Nicholas Whitney, 2000; Shauna Paradine Tschirhart, 2009; Stacy L. Capehart, 2010; Lisa A. Anderson, Meagan E. Bosket, Keith L. Zabel, 2011)

  • National Institutes of Health Scholar (Katie Pickworth, 2011)

  • Four RISE/DAAD Scholars (Shauna Paradine, 2008; Nick Herrman, 2011; Eric Fink and Alissa Reddy, 2013)

  • Gilder Lehrman History Scholar (Chelsea Denault, 2011)

  • George J. Mitchell Scholar (Catherine Fontana, 2008)

A team of Albion students placed second nationally in the 2012 AICPA Accounting Competition; another earned honorable-mention recognition as one of four schools in the 2011 Fed Challenge national finals. In addition, three Albion students served as Young Talent Panelists at the state of Michigan's 2013 Governor's Economic Summit; Genevieve Kukurugya-Rabaut was accepted in 2013 to the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), a program of the national government that provides American English teachers for the public school system; and a student team received a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2006–07 to develop an educational program on energy conservation. Albion was one of only 42 institutions nationwide selected for the award.

Albion Athletics and Academics

Albion College has a history of producing successful scholar-athletes. Here are a few outstanding numbers in athletics:

  • 13 Albion NCAA postgraduate scholars (including Joe Silvestri, spring 2015)

  • 120 student-athletes on the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for the 2014–2015 academic year

  • 35 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) championships and more than 590 victories for Albion football—the league’s most successful team

  • 29 Academic All-Americans in football since 1979

  • 5 NCAA Division III champions in track and field since 1982

  • 34 All-Americans in track and field since 1982

  • 36 women and men from the Briton swimming and diving program have earned Division III All-America status since 1984

  • The 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2009 women’s soccer teams won the MIAA championship, qualifying for the NCAA tournament

  • Men’s basketball won league titles in 2003 and 2005, and advanced to the round of eight in the 2005 NCAA Division III Championships

  • Women’s basketball shared the league title in 2005, and advanced to NCAA postseason play in 2004 and 2005

  • Women’s tennis earned four consecutive MIAA championships from 2005-2008, and finished first again in 2011

  • The men’s tennis squad, led by the MIAA's most valuable player and top student-athlete, competed in the NCAA Division III Championships in 2007

Our Faculty

All of Albion College's 87 tenured or tenure-track faculty members hold a Ph.D. or the appropriate professional degree in their field. All Albion College classes are taught by fully qualified professors.

Since 1990, Albion faculty have received research and equipment grants from:

American Chemical Society
Andrew N. French, chemistry
Vanessa McCaffrey, chemistry
Kevin Metz, chemistry

Beckman Coulter, Inc.
Sheila Lyons-Sobaski, biology
Kenneth J. Saville, biology
J. Dan Skean, biology
Darren E. Mason, mathematics

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
Charles E. Moreau, physics
Ruth E. Schmitter, biology

Aaron J. Miller, physics
Andrew N. French, chemistry

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Vanessa P. McCaffrey, chemistry
Nicolle E. B. Zellner, physics

National Institutes of Health
Kenneth Saville, biology

National Science Foundation
William S. Bartels, geology
Lisa B. Lewis, chemistry
Timothy N. Lincoln, geology
Thomas I. Wilch, geology
Nicolle E. B. Zellner, physics

Pew Charitable Trusts
William S. Bartels, geology
Dennis C. Gaswick, chemistry
David G. Seely, physics

U.S. Department of Energy
David G. Seely, physics

Fulbright Program
Daniel S. Christiansen, economics and management
Vanessa P. McCaffrey, chemistry
Gregory M. Saltzman, economics and management
Kyle Shanton, education

NCUR/Lancy Initiative
Wesley A. Dick, history

National Endowment for the Humanities
Maureen Balke, music
Deborah E. Kanter, history
Judith A. Lockyer, English
Marcy S. Sacks, history

Notable Albion Alumni

From the front page to center stage to behind the scenes, an Albion degree gets noticed. Over the years, our graduates have relied on their Albion College education and experience as a foundation for success in a multitude of pursuits. Below are just a few of our alumni who have become leaders and experts in their fields while building rewarding careers.

Robert H. Bartlett, M.D., ’60, Professor of General and Thoracic Surgery (Emeritus), University of Michigan. Pioneer of artificial life support systems. Medallion for Scientific Achievement, American Surgical Association (2002); member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.

Joyce Livak Benjamins, M.D., ’63, Professor of Neurology, Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Julie Brigham-Grette, Ph.D., ’77, Professor of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Past President, American Quaternary Association. Expert on the evolution of the Arctic climate.

Daniel Boggan, '67, Senior Vice-President (retired), National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis. Past President, National Forum for Black Public Administrators.

Robert J. Bruner, '99, City Manager, Birmingham, Michigan.

David L. Camp, J.D., '75, Member (Retired), U.S. House of Representatives, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee; Michigan's 4th District (R), Midland, Michigan.

Nancy J. Carpenter, Ph.D., '68, Director of Cytogenetics, Center for Genetic Testing, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Josh A. Cassada, Ph.D., '95, Astronaut, NASA, Houston, Texas.

Michael S. David, Jr., '64, Founding Partner, Dodger Productions, New York, New York. Producer of more than 100 plays and musicals on and off Broadway. Winner of 2006 Tony Award for best musical.

Cedric W. Dempsey, Ph.D., '54, President (Retired), National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Debra A. Fadool, Ph.D., '85, Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida; 2003 Women in Neuroscience Merck Young Investigator.

Michael J. Harrington, J.D., '85, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Global Pharmaceutical Operations, Eli Lilly and Co., Indianapolis, Indiana.

George Heartwell, '71, Mayor, City of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Cinthia Larkin Kazee, '88, Owner and President, Universal Network Development Corp. (telecommunications), Sacramento, California.

Andy Krafsur, '83, founder, Spira Footwear, El Paso, Texas.

Ann M. Lewicki, '56, Clinical Professor of Radiology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C.; Founder, American Association for Women Radiologists.

Bernard T. Lomas, '46, President Emeritus, Albion College, Albion, Michigan.

Thomas L. Ludington, '76, Judge, U.S. District Court, Midland, Michigan.

Joel K. Manby, '81, President and Chief Executive Officer, SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., Orlando, Florida.

Marty Nesbitt, '85, Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Vistria Group; Board Chair, The Barack Obama Foundation; national treasurer for Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, Chicago.

Amy Menken Nobile, '91, best-selling author of I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids, Hingham, Massachusetts.

Gary R. Noble, M.D., '57, Vice President of Medical and Public Health Affairs (Retired), Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rhodes Scholar. Former Associate Director/Washington, National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Former Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service.

Denise Cortis Park, Ph.D., '73, Director, Professor, Distinguished University Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Center for Vital Longevity, University of Texas, Dallas.

Douglas Parker, '84, Chief Executive Officer, American Airlines, Fort Worth, Texas.

Sherry Hood Penney, Ph.D., '59, Endowed Professor of Leadership, Center for Collaborative Leadership Development, College of Management, University of Massachusetts-Boston; Former Chancellor, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Boston, Massachusetts.

Stephen J. Quinn, '89, Chief Financial Officer, Detroit Tigers, Detroit, Michigan.

Hal Roth, '72, Executive Vice President, Colorado Rockies, Denver, Colorado.

Lawrence B. Schook, Ph.D., '72, Vice President for Research, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Jon Scieszka, '76, Popular and acclaimed author of children's books, including The Stinky Cheese Man ; former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Library of Congress, Brooklyn, New York.

J. Donald Sheets, '82, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Regional President for North America, Dow Corning Corp., Midland, Michigan.

Richard M. Smith, '68, Chairman (Retired), Newsweek , New York, New York.

John N. Vournakis, Ph.D., '61, Vice President for Research and Development, Marine Polymer Technologies and Admune Therapeutics, Burlington, Massachusetts; Professor of Graduate Studies, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina; Fellow, National Academy of Inventors.

Dennis W. Wahr, M.D., '74, Medical Device Investor/Entrepreneur, President and CEO, Holaira, Inc., Plymouth, Minnesota.

Janet K. Welch, '71, Executive Director, State Bar of Michigan, Lansing, Michigan.

James M. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., '77, John Herr Musser Professor of Research Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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