Referral Program Update

Refer a Student

2016 Update

Albion College is expanding its horizons in an effort to learn about, identify and recruit the best and brightest students seeking a unique liberal arts education,

We've taken a major step in that direction, hiring a new regional recruiting representative in Sarah Goldman, who will spread the word in the Chicago area about what Albion has to offer.

"There are a lot of strong students in the [Chicago] area and dozens of very good high schools and we're not getting our share," said Steve Klein, Albion's vice president for enrollment. "We will be much more competitive. I expect us to get a much larger share."

That starts now, said Klein, who joined Albion last July from Wabash College and has wasted little time in making Albion a player in the Midwest's biggest city.

"There are over 100 colleges represented in the Chicago area," Klein said. "We can now compete on a level playing field."

Already, the numbers are changing. Last year, Klein said, Albion enrolled 30 students from Chicagoland (16 from the city itself, eight from the Illinois suburbs and eight more from Northwest Indiana). This fall, Albion will welcome at least 52 students from the region (42 from Chicago, eight from the Illinois suburbs and two from Northwest Indiana).

Sarah will spearhead Albion's regional recruiting representation in Chicago, joining 73 other colleges and universities from the U.S. and Canada and 115 individual representatives that make up a group known as the Chicago Area Regional Representatives.

Goldman, who has spent the past six years as a regional counselor first for Cornell College in Iowa and then Knox College in Illinois, was hired in late April to use her knowledge of the area to spread the word about Albion to the Chicago suburbs.

"I think Albion is in a really special place right now," Goldman said. "The college does an incredible job of celebrating what a liberal arts education can do in a rapidly changing economy. A lot of liberal arts colleges are running away from liberal arts, but Albion is saying no."

With Goldman, and the possibility of a second full-time regional rep in the area, Klein hopes to significantly increase the number of Chicagoland students who will attend, or at least seriously consider Albion College.

Goldman faces a challenge of her own given the Chicago suburbs stretch from southern Wisconsin to northwest Indiana. But she sees it as fertile territory for Albion and plans to emphasize the unique liberal arts education the College can provide.

"It's working in small classrooms in collaboration with folks who may or may not be like you and then pondering big questions," she said. "The campus provides a lot of beautiful opportunities for that. I really got the impression [Albion] is a kind community and a community in transition in a lot of ways."

Goldman will also emphasize the fact that students can access Amtrak in downtown Chicago for a three-hour journey to and from campus.

She acknowledges, however, that the key to success will be to get Albion's name out to the various high school counselors in the region.

"Establishing a foothold is phase one," said Goldman.

You can help too. Family members, neighbors, friends, children of co-workers, members of a religious community, civic groups, and others can recommend a student by clicking the button below, which will ensure the student will receive Albion admission materials.

Those who make the referral can help continue the process by actively recruit the student, offering support throughout the search process, recommending campus visits, and encouraging his or her application to Albion. It all starts by completing the referral form.

The referral program has resulted in connecting alumni with more than 500 prospective students in each of the past two years. Under Sheets, the effort has contributed significantly to the success of both recruiting cycles. She will now step aside in that role as the office devotes more staff to the program.

Marsha Whitehouse, '70, will continue in her role of volunteer training and serve as liaison to Institutional Advancement. Corey Grazul, '08, will develop infrastructure and communication to support the volunteers, create a college fair and spring awards program, and assist other recruiters with integrating alumni volunteers in their territories.

The addition of Goldman is also part of the expansion of the College's new alumni volunteer initiative, as she will work with alumni in Chicagoland to involve them in the recruitment process.

But it doesn't have to end with the referral. We ask that you actively recruit your student, offer support throughout the search process, recommend campus visits, and encourage his or her application to Albion.

Now is the perfect time to refer next year's high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and encourage them to attend one of our visit programs or to schedule a personal visit and tour. We welcome your referrals starting today!

To begin the process, please complete the referral form. And please note there are many more ways to get involved. If you have any questions about this or other alumni/parent admission volunteer opportunities, please call the Admission Office at 800/858-6770.

Please note: You must refer seniors before they complete their admission application, as it is an incentive to apply.

Refer a Student

You know all about the life-changing opportunities that an Albion education provides. Why not share them with a prospective student?

Consider your family, neighbors, friends, children of co-workers, members of your religious community, civic groups, and others. However, it doesn't have to end with the referral! We ask that you actively recruit your student, offer support throughout the search process, recommend a campus visit, and encourage the student to apply for admission.

Do you refer often, or would you like to keep track of your student's admission progress? Please become a referrer by completing the online application. You will receive an email with login instructions shortly after submitting the form.

Are you new to referring or plan to refer just one student? Please use this form.

For More Information

For questions about the referral program please contact Corey Grazul by calling 800/858-6770 or by email at .

Volunteer Opportunities

The Albion College shield above the fireplace inside Bonta Admission Center.Become an Admission Ambassador

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:

  • Refer a prospective student

  • 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!

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Profile: Todd Krost, ’00

Todd Krost, '00, with his family

For Todd Krost, ’00, the Alumni/Parent Referral Program recently launched by Albion College’s Office of Admission was an ideal way to make connections—not just between prospective students and his alma mater, but between him and his new community of Neoga, Illinois, about an hour south of Champaign.

“I had only been in town a month when I received the mailing, and this ties me to students and their college journey,” said Krost, a pastor at Neoga Grace United Methodist Church and nearby Etna United Methodist Church. “It gives me a personal connection with the families and their college search in general. I am glad I can start this conversation.”

Through the program, referred students who enroll at Albion receive a $1,000 scholarship for four years in the alumnus or alumna’s name, with no financial obligation necessary. Soon after learning about the program, Krost mentioned it to two high school students in his church, and found that the scholarship resonated.

Krost, his wife, Christina Corace Krost, ’02, and their family live in rural Illinois, "and there is little awareness of the existence—let alone the advantages—of small liberal arts colleges like Albion,” he said. “Rather than sending their children to the ‘default university’ several miles down the road, these families will now give Albion some consideration. And it makes it less intimidating for them to look at a college two states away, knowing that my wife and I are alums, and that there is this scholarship opportunity.”

For more information about the Alumni/Parent Referral Program, visit or call the Office of Admission at 800/858-6770.

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