Admission to Albion


Application for First-Year Admission

Admission to Albion College is selective and based on a review of the applicant's academic credentials, personal qualifications, and potential for success at the College. Albion admits students without regard to race, ethnicity, creed or national origin.

The Admissions Committee reviews applications on an individual basis, paying particular attention to the unique qualities each candidate possesses. The committee considers the following factors in evaluating an applicant's credentials: rigor of curriculum pursued, grades, co-curricular involvement in high school, community and religious activities, letters of recommendation received, and results of the ACT or SAT college admission tests.

All candidates for admission are expected to be graduates of an accredited high school or preparatory school and have at least 15 units of academic credit in the following subjects: English, mathematics, social science, science or foreign language.

Students may submit an application for admission at any time. Normally, however, students apply after September 1 of their senior year in high school. In order to receive equal consideration for admission and financial aid, students should apply and have all required credentials on file by March 1 of their senior year.

Each application form must be accompanied by a fee of $20. This is a processing fee which is non-refundable and is not credited on any subsequent payments to the College. Students who submit the application on the College's Web site are not charged a fee.

Applicants seeking fall admission must pay a $300 enrollment deposit to the College postmarked no later than May 1 to secure their place in the fall class.

Applicants seeking spring admission should submit their $300 deposit before December 15.

Early Application
Albion welcomes students to apply early to secure a place in the fallclass, and to ensure full consideration for academic and special talent scholarships. Students who apply by December 1 will be notified of an admission decision by January 1. The early application process is non-binding, and designed for students who truly desire to join the Albion College student body. All students who apply after December 1 will be considered on a rolling basis, and will be notified of an admission decision beginning February 1 until the class is filled.

Entrance Tests
Scores from the ACT or SAT of the College Entrance Examination Board are required of all applicants. It is recommended that applicants take one of these tests no later than January of the senior year. Albion College's code number is 1007 for the SAT and 1956 for the ACT. Information about the SAT may be obtained from the College Board at Information about the ACT may be obtained at

Campus Visit
A visit to the campus and a personal interview are highly recommended. As a service to campus visitors, guided tours of the campus are provided. The admissions staff will also arrange visits with faculty members or with specific academic departments. We appreciate knowing your plans two weeks in advance so we may better accommodate you when you arrive on campus.

The Admissions Office is open on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is also open most Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon except during the summer.

Specific information pertaining to the curriculum, the faculty or admission to Albion College may be obtained from:

Admissions Office
Albion College
611 E. Porter St.
Albion, Michigan 49224
Telephone: 800/858-6770
World Wide Web:

Advanced Placement and CLEP
Albion College is a participant in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). Under this program, a high school student who earns a grade of 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement Examination automatically receives college credit and may receive advanced placement in the area of his or her proficiency.

A student who receives a grade of 3 may be given advanced placement, and at the discretion of the department, the student may be given college credit as well.

Some College departments also participate in the College-Level Subject Examination Program (CLEP) of CEEB. Albion College permits students to obtain a maximum of eight units of credit toward the bachelor of arts, and to fulfill core and/or major requirements through CLEP. Students should contact the Registrar's Office for information on which departments accept CLEP credit.

Maximum Credit Available Through Examination -- No more than eight units of credit can be obtained through any combination of locally designed departmental examinations and the College-Level Examination Program. No more than 12 units of credit can be obtained through any combination of the Advanced Placement Examination, locally designed departmental examinations, and the College-Level Examination Program.

Immediate Sophomore Standing -- An entering student who presents six or more units obtained through the Advanced Placement Examination, locally designed departmental examinations, and/or the College-Level Examination Program will obtain immediate sophomore standing.

Special Admissions

Transfer Students
Each year Albion accepts students who have attended other colleges or universities. It is recommended that candidates possess at least a 2.5 grade point average for consideration. It is expected that the applicant will be in good academic and personal standing at the college last attended and that the previous college record has been strong enough to compare favorably with students already in attendance at Albion. Students are responsible for submitting, with their application, official transcripts from all institutions previously attended.

Students with an official transcript marked "MACRAO approved" for an associate of arts (A.A.) degree from a Michigan community or junior college are exempt from taking the First-Year Seminar and the Modes of Inquiry requirement, and they may be admitted at the junior level. However, the following graduation requirements must be met: the category requirements and the writing competence requirement. A maximum of 16 units (64 semester hours) may be transferred from accredited junior colleges.

Candidates who transfer from an accredited four-year college must complete no less than the last 12 units (48 semester hours) in residence at Albion. These students must also complete all degree requirements including the category requirements and the writing competence requirement.

For more specific details regarding Albion's unit system and required course grades, refer to p. 108.

International Students
Albion College welcomes applications from students from other countries. International students are offered the full range of academic programs, housing choices and student services available to all Albion College students. In addition, the College provides many support services specifically for international students including: airport transportation, a comprehensive orientation program, academic and personal counseling, immigration regulations advising, trips to local cultural sites, and host family and community programs.

To be considered for admission to Albion, an international student must complete an application packet that includes the following:
1. The Albion College International Student Application form.
2. $20 application fee.
3. Certified copies of all secondary or university academic records, plus English translations where necessary. Because academic preparation in some countries is of a more advanced nature than that offered in an American high school, Albion College may award advanced standing to students who demonstrate such preparation in their academic credentials.
4. Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The College requires a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) on the TOEFL; students with scores below these minimums may qualify for conditional admission, pending completion of appropriate English language training. The International Admissions Office may be contacted for information on English as a Second Language (ESL) programs that can provide intensive ESL training for college-bound students.
5. The Statement of Financial Support form showing an adequate level of financial support for college study. See section below on "Financial Aid."
6. Two letters of recommendation.
7. An autobiographical statement, including academic and working background and educational and career goals.

The College has a rolling admissions policy for international students, which means that completed applications will be reviewed and action taken at any time during the year. However, if a student is applying for financial aid or a scholarship, the deadline for application is February 1. Because competition is keen for places at Albion College and delays in overseas mailings may occur, it is advisable for international students to apply early.

Financial Aid -- American students at Albion College pay anywhere from half of the cost of their education up to the full cost. International students should consider an Albion education an investment the student, family and sponsors are willing to make. Albion College does not provide international students with full financial support, but does offer competitive academic scholarships of up to $14,000 per year for students with exceptional academic and co-curricular achievements. Scholarship levels are determined by the vice president for enrollment.

For further information about international student admission requirements, or for an international student application packet, please contact:

Vice President for Enrollment
Albion College
611 E. Porter St.
Albion, MI 49224, U.S.A.
Telephone: 1-517-629-0321
FAX: 1-517-629-0569

International Baccalaureate -- The College recognizes the strength and rigor of the International Baccalaureate Program. Students will receive one unit (four semester hours) of credit for higher level passes with a score of 5 or more. Scores of 4 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Normally, no more than four units (16 hours) of credit from this program will be awarded to an individual. Students must petition a department or the Petitions Committee for exceptions to these limits.

Other Candidates

Veterans -- Veterans returning from military service and other eligible military personnel are admitted to Albion College under the training provisions established by the Veterans Administration. The College may allow credit for military service activities which have educational content to students who present acceptable military records. Such credentials should be submitted as part of the admission materials.

ConApp -- Albion College is a participating college in the United States Army Concurrent Application Program (ConApp) and welcomes applications from prospective students who wish to continue their education after active duty military service. Interested students should contact the Albion College Admissions Office or their Army recruiter for information on the ConApp program and related veteran's benefits for higher education. Albion guarantees admission to qualified ConApp applicants after military service.

Auditors -- A non-degree student may enroll as an official auditor. This obligates a student to attend classes and complete course requirements (papers, laboratory assignments, tests, and a final examination). The course appears on the transcript and the grade is posted, but no degree credit is earned.

Guest Students -- Albion College accepts a number of guest students. All guest students must be in good academic standing at their home institution. Guest students assume responsibility for determining whether the course they take at Albion will apply to their program of study.


Tuition and Fees

Basic expenses at Albion College for the academic year are listed below.

Comprehensive Fee, 2005-06

Tuition for the school year is $24,012. This includes activities pass and College newspaper. Room and board charges for the two semesters total $6,928.


Student Senate Activity Fee (yearly)


Application Fee

Covers cost of processing application. Non-refundable.


General Deposit


Payable upon receiving notice of admission to assure a place in the enrollment. $150 will be credited to the first semester general fees for matriculating students. For students accepted for the first semester, entrance deposits are required by May 1. For students accepted for the second semester, entrance deposits are required by November 15. Entering students who cancel enrollment after May 1 and prior to August 1 for first semester and after November 15 and prior to December 15 for second semester will receive a partial refund of $50. Partial refunds will not be made after August 1 and December 15 for the respective semesters. See ``Refunds''
section for details regarding return of the general deposit to students who have already been enrolled.

Matriculation Fee/Readmission Fee
A one-time matriculation fee of $100 is paid by all matriculating students at registration for administrative and processing costs. Re-admitted students are also required to pay a $50 re-admission fee. Non-refundable.

Textbooks and Supplies
There are no standard fees for textbooks and supplies. However, every student must plan to purchase such items in addition to the expenses listed above. Books and supplies range from $600 to $700 per year for the average Albion student.

Other Educational Fees
(per semester, where applicable)

Tuition each 1/4 unit below 3 units or above 4 1/2 units


Late Final Enrollment -- First day


-- Each additional day late


Tuition for Auditors (per 1/4 unit) without credit


Off-Campus Study Program Application


Course Film Charge (see individual course for exact charge)


Ceramics I


Ceramics II


All other Ceramics courses (per unit)


Photography (one unit)


(one-half unit)


Printmaking (all)


Psychology Laboratory Fee


Music Fees
Private music lesson fees for non-majors:

1/4 unit (1/2 hour lesson per week)


1/2 unit (1 hour lesson per week)


Students declaring a music major (and demonstrating this intention by being enrolled in the music classes appropriate to the music major curriculum) will receive at no additional cost up to 1/2 unit of private lessons per semester. All other students must pay the full applied music fee for lessons. The music practice room charge is included in the private lesson fee.

Refunds: Students who drop private music lessons after the second week of classes will receive no refund. Students dropping lessons during the first two weeks will be charged $40 per scheduled lesson.

Special Fees

Special Student Admission Fee (non-refundable)


CLEP Credit

One-half tuition

Identification Card Replacement


Automobile Registration (per year)

First-year: $300
sophomore: $200
junior: $100
senior: $100

Replacement of Lost Room Key and Changing Lock Hardware

If a key is lost a second time, a fee of $100 will
be charged for replacement.


Replacement of Lost Mailbox Key

If a key is lost a second time, a fee of $40 will be charged for replacement.


Replacement of Diploma Insert with Cover


Other Housing (two semesters unless otherwise indicated)


Individual student with board
Individual student without board


Dean Hall:

Utility/Amortization Fee


Burns Street:

Family living (per month)
Individual student (non-efficiency) with board
Individual student (non-efficiency) without board
Individual student (efficiency) with board
Individual student (efficiency) without board


Briton Apartments:

Individual student with board
Individual student without board


Karro Village:

Individual student (double room) with board
Individual student (double room) without board
Individual student (single room) with board
Individual student (single room) without board
(Double rooms may not be converted to singles.)


Residence Halls:

Double converted to single
Standard small single


Payment of Tuition and Fees

All accounts are payable in full on final enrollment day at the opening of each semester in cash, by check, by MasterCard, Visa, or Discover Card, or through a College-approved tuition payment plan. For a student to participate in the College's own deferred payment plan, the need for deferred payments must be established in advance at the Business Office. In such cases, the deferred payment plan requires that a minimum of one-half of the basic semester fees (which include tuition, room, board, and any additional miscellaneous fees) must be paid on final enrollment day. The balance will be paid in two equal installments including a time charge differential equal to 1 1/4 percent per month accrued from the date of final enrollment. In 2005-06 the balance of fees is payable on October 12 and November 9 for the first semester, and on February 22 and March 22 for the second semester. A scholarship, grant-in-aid, work credit or loan is not accepted as part of the initial payment. Failure to meet an installment that is past due automatically cancels the privileges of class attendance.

No diploma, certificate, transcript, semester grade report, letter of honorable dismissal or letter of recommendation will be granted to students who have an indebtedness to the College.

Students having any indebtedness to the College will not be permitted to complete enrollment for the following semester's classes.

Sound business practice provides guidelines for all financial transactions with the College, including but not limited to the payment of fees and other obligations, purchases at the bookstore and the cashing of checks. These practices include a respect for accuracy and punctuality; and the College deals both with students and parents when questions concerning these transactions arise.

The College reserves the right to increase or decrease fees and charges according to changes in economic conditions. Published notice of any change normally will be given in advance.


Students who withdraw prior to the end of a semester are subject to the terms of the Albion College refund policy. Depending on the date and circumstances of a student's withdrawal from the College, a refund may be in the form of pro-rated charges and credits, rather than a cash payment to the student. Appeals by those students who feel that individual circumstances warrant exceptions from the established policy should be made in writing to the vice president for student affairs. Both voluntary and involuntary withdrawals are subject to the refund policy and a $100 withdrawal processing fee.

It should be noted that students who have enrolled under a deferred payment agreement are bound to fulfill the terms of that agreement even though they may withdraw from the College prior to the close of a semester.

Refund Policy
If a student withdraws or is suspended or expelled from Albion College, then
the student may be eligible for a refund of a portion of the tuition, fees, room and
board paid to Albion College for that semester. If the student received financial
assistance from outside of the family, then a portion of the refund will be returned
to the grant, scholarship or loan source from which that assistance was received.

If a student plans to withdraw, then the student should complete the Student Withdrawal Form, available from the Student Affairs Office, to begin the withdrawal process. This procedure will enable Albion College to refund the maximum possible institutional charges.

Two formulas exist for determining the amount of the credit: Albion's
refund policy and a federal formula (Return of Title IV Aid) derived from
the 1998 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The federal formula
is applicable to any student receiving federal aid other than Federal Work-
Study if that student withdraws on or before completing 60 percent of the
semester. These students may also receive a refund of non-federal aid
through Albion's refund policy. Students not receiving federal aid will have
their refund calculated using only Albion's refund policy.

Albion's refund policy is as follows: Students who withdraw from Albion
College may receive a pro-rated refund of tuition and board fees, according
to the following schedule:

Week Institutional Refund Week Institutional Refund
1 75% tuition/pb* 7-14 Pro-rated board
2-6 40% tuition/pb* 15-16 No refund

*Pb=pro-rated board fees

The federal formula provides for a return of Title IV aid if the student received federal financial assistance in the form of a Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Perkins Loan, Federal Family Educational Loan Program or PLUS loan and withdrew on or before completing 60 percent of the semester. The percentage of the return is equal to the number of calendar days remaining in the semester divided by the total number of calendar days in the semester. Scheduled vacation periods of more than four days are excluded.

If any refund remains after the return of Title IV aid, the refund will be used to repay Albion College funds, state funds, other private sources and the student in proportion to the amount received from each non-federal source if there was no unpaid balance due at the time of withdrawal. If there was an unpaid balance, then all aid sources will be repaid before any money is paid to the student.

If funds were released to a student because of a credit balance on the student's account, then the student may be required to repay some of the federal grants or loans released to the student.

Students who have questions about the refund policy should contact the Financial Aid Office.

General Deposit Refunds--General deposit refunds are made in full (less deductions for unpaid College charges) after the end of a semester provided written notice of intent to withdraw is filed with the vice president for student affairs by the following deadline dates:

October 14 for withdrawal at the end of the first semester
March 15
for withdrawal at the end of the second semester

A 50 percent refund of the general deposit will be made when written notice of intent to withdraw is provided to the vice president for student affairs by the following deadline dates:

December 1 for withdrawal at the end of the first semester
August 1
for withdrawal during the summer

A form to indicate one's intent to withdraw is available at the Student Affairs' Office in the Ferguson Student, Technology, and Administrative Services Building. Completion of this form will constitute notification that the student intends to withdraw from the College at the end of the current semester. Should there be a change in the student's plans, it will be necessary for the student to submit an application for readmission.

A student who completes his or her degree will receive a refund of the general deposit less any remaining College charges. (e.g. room damage, loss of keys, etc.)

Financial Aid

Financial Aid
Albion College offers need-based financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and student employment. Sources of funds include Albion College scholarships, grants and work; private sources; and State of Michigan and federal grant, loan and work programs administered by the College. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be obtained from your high school guidance office, the Albion College Financial Aid Office or completed online at The Albion College Financial Aid Office will develop a financial aid package based on the FAFSA information. The package will include a combination of grants, scholarships, loans and work. Students have the option of accepting all or part of the aid awarded. Albion College also offers a number of academic scholarships to incoming students. Students who qualify for an academic scholarship receive notification from the Admissions Office.

While we do everything we can to assist students with financial need, it is important to remember that, at Albion, we believe the primary responsibility for financing your education lies with you and your family. In awarding need-based aid, the College requires that each student and his/her parent(s) contribute funds toward the cost of the student's education.

Information about loans, scholarships and work opportunities may be secured by contacting Albion's Financial Aid Office. Because the amount of aid is limited, entering first-year students applying for financial aid are urged to make their requests by filing the FAFSA as soon after January 1 of their senior year as possible. Awards are made in the order that processed forms are received. The deadline for the State of Michigan scholarship/grant program is March 1. For maximum consideration, Albion academic scholarship applications must be received by February 1.

Need-Based Aid Renewal
You must reapply annually for need-based financial aid. All enrolled students receiving aid automatically receive renewal information in early December. Based on available funding, aid usually continues at the same level each year, unless there is a change in your family situation.

Satisfactory Progress Policy
The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by Congress in 1980 and reauthorized in 1992, mandates that institutions of higher education maintain minimum standards of ``satisfactory progress'' in order for students to receive financial aid. Albion College makes these standards applicable to all need-based institutional awards, Federal Pell Grants, federal campus-based programs, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students and State of Michigan awards in order to maintain a consistent policy for all students receiving assistance. To satisfy satisfactory progress requirements, a student must maintain a minimum G.P.A. each semester, complete a required number of units each year and complete degree requirements within a determined number of semesters. An Albion College student is eligible for the equivalent of eight full-time semesters of financial aid. Students enrolled in the teacher certification program or the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program may be required to attend one additional semester. These students will be given nine semesters of aid in which to receive their degree/certificates. Students who do not complete their degree in eight semesters (or nine for teacher certification or B.F.A.) will not be eligible for additional financial aid.

A full-time student is one who is enrolled for at least 3.0 units each semester. A half-time student is one who is enrolled for at least 1.5 units per semester. Students carrying fewer than 1.5 units will be considered a quarter-time student. Semesters in which the student is enrolled exclusively for a one-unit internship, or summer semesters in which the student is enrolled for one unit, do not count toward the maximum semester limitation as indicated above. Other part-time semesters will be equated to full-time semesters. Students planning to enroll part-time should notify the Financial Aid Office.

All full-time semesters for which the student is enrolled in the College are counted in the eight-semester limitation (nine semesters for teacher certification or B.F.A.) even if no financial aid was received. Semesters in which the student enrolled and attended any classes will count in semesters attended, including semesters in which a student withdraws or takes a leave of absence.

Grade point average (G.P.A.) and units completed are reviewed for satisfactory academic progress at the end of the spring semester. Students must maintain the following cumulative average and units completed:

1.00 with a minimum of 3 units completed at the end of the first semester at Albion College;

1.62 with at minimum of 6 units completed at the end of the second semester at Albion;

1.75 with a minimum of 9 units completed at the end of the third semester at Albion;

1.81 with a minimum of 13 units completed at the end of the fourth semester at Albion;

1.90 with a minimum of 17 units completed at the end of the fifth semester at Albion;

2.00 with a minimum of 21 units completed at the end of the sixth semester at Albion;

2.00 with a minimum of 25 units completed at the end of the seventh semester at Albion;

In addition, regardless of the cumulative grade point average, a student who fails to obtain a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. for three consecutive semesters is not considered to be making satisfactory academic progress for aid renewal.

Transfer Students--Class standing of transfer students will be considered according to units transferred in. For example, a student who is deemed to have first-semester sophomore class standing upon entrance will be eligible for six semesters of Albion College financial aid.

Notification--The Financial Aid Office will notify any student qualifying for financial assistance who does not meet minimum satisfactory progress and is being terminated from aid. Following the spring semester, notices will be sent to the most recent permanent address supplied to the registrar by the student and such notices are considered delivered.

Regaining Eligibility--A student who has insufficient units to qualify for aid may be considered eligible for aid only when enough units, including incomplete courses, have been completed to make up the unit shortage. Unit credit may be transferred in, but G.P.A. will be affected only by courses taken at Albion College. The academic year will be considered to commence with the first day of classes of the fall semester and continue to the first day of classes the following fall, thus allowing the possibility of reinstatement of aid eligibility over the summer term. If a student had mitigating circumstances that prohibited him/her from meeting the standards, the student may submit an appeal. Appeals must be made in writing to the Financial Aid Office, and they will be reviewed by the Appeals Committee prior to the start of the semester in which reinstatement of financial aid eligibility is requested. Examples of mitigating circumstances include: illness, change of major, unexpected hardships and death in the immediate family.

Academic Withdrawal--See p. 109 for academic status and withdrawal information.

Albion College Academic Scholarship Renewal
Academic scholarships are renewable annually provided students maintain the required yearly grade-point average and are in good personal standing with the College. Scholarship recipients are expected to maintain superior academic performance while at Albion College. To renew a Distinguished Albion Scholar award, a Trustee Scholarship and a Presidential Scholarship, a student must maintain a yearly grade point average of 3.00. To renew a Webster or Briton Scholarship, a student must maintain a yearly grade point average of 2.50.
Grade point averages and units earned are reviewed at the end of the academic year by the Financial Aid Office. A student's first year of college is often the most challenging. Therefore, students are encouraged to seek the advice of their faculty adviser while making decisions regarding their class schedule. Eligibility to retain an academic award will require the yearly G.P.A. or a written plan of action from the faculty adviser regarding the issues surrounding a student's G.P.A. Students must also maintain good social standing to be eligible for renewal of an academic award, as defined in Albion College's online Student Handbook.

Student Employment
Campus employment is available to help students meet expenses. Federal Work-Study programs are available for students who show financial need, based on analysis of the FAFSA. In addition to on-campus Work-Study positions, there are positions available off-campus in the community of Albion that are now funded through the federal Work-Study program.Earnings from student employment are paid directly to the student by payroll check each month; the amount earned is not credited to the student's account.

The Student Employment Office has a listing of on- and off-campus jobs that are available for everyone (Work-Study and non-Work-Study students). Jobs are also listed online at This listing includes job description, qualifications needed and rate of pay.