Albion's History

The College has a pioneering heritage, originally serving the educational needs of settlers' children and Indians alike. Albion also is one of the earliest Midwest schools to introduce coeducation.

Thanks to the efforts of Methodists who were early settlers of Michigan Territory, the College was awarded a charter by the Michigan Territorial Legislature in 1835. Early attempts at coeducation were made in 1850 when the legislature approved the founding of the "Albion Female Collegiate Institute." This school for women was controlled by the Wesleyan Seminary corporation until 1857 when the two schools merged under the name of "The Wesleyan Seminary and Female College at Albion."

On February 25, 1861, Albion was fully authorized by the State legislature to confer a full four-year college degree upon both men and women.

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. 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, and from 500 students in 1901, enrollment has grown to 1,900 students. Full-time faculty today number 126, and the College has over 17,000 living alumni.

Emphasis on excellence in liberal arts education became the Albion College hallmark through the years, and in 1940 Albion was the first private college in Michigan to be awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Today the College remains true to its liberal arts commitment.

Following an in-depth planning process under the leadership of President Peter T. Mitchell, Albion has developed a distinct and compelling Vision for its future. Central to "Liberal Arts at Work" is the enhancement of the College's liberal arts curriculum with the addition of the First-Year Experience, preprofessional Institutes, and the Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity. The Vision implementation plan was formally adopted by the Board of Trustees in April 1999.

The campus itself has also changed dramatically in recent years. Since 1975, Albion has built the Herrick Center for Speech and Theatre, Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium, the Whitehouse Interpretive Center, Dean Aquatic Center, Mudd Learning Center, Olin Hall, Dow Recreation and Wellness Center, Kellogg Center, the Mae Harrison Karro Residential Village, the Ferguson Student, Technology, and Administrative Services Building and Kresge Hall. In addition, Robinson and Vulgamore halls have been thoroughly renovated.

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-

The Albion Campus


In recent years, Albion's main campus has expanded so that it now includes more than 30 major buildings. The College is located in the city of Albion, a community of 9,000 founded in the 1830s along the banks of the scenic Kalamazoo River. The city is located 90 miles west of Detroit and 175 miles east of Chicago on Interstate 94.

The south boundary of the College is bordered by the Kalamazoo River's east branch. Interstate 94 business route borders the campus on the north, and the downtown shopping area is only a few blocks away.

Albion's original campus is today known as the Quadrangle, and from it have radiated the many new buildings erected during the past 30 years.

Admissions is located at the Bonta Admissions Center, 100 N. Hannah St., one block south of Michigan Avenue. The Admissions Office is open weekdays, Saturday mornings and by special appointment. The building is named for long-time dean of admissions Frank Bonta, '49.

Alumni Field serves Albion's varsity and intramural athletic programs for men and women, as well as the Physical Education Department. The facility includes Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium, Fraser Football Field, Isaac Track, Joranko Baseball Field, Dempsey Softball Field, a varsity soccer field, varsity tennis courts, practice fields and a canoeing facility.

Astronomical Observatory, erected in 1883, houses a large refracting telescope and related equipment. Portions have been remodeled to house the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Institute. The building is a State of Michigan registered historical site.

Baldwin Hall Alumni Center, named for Dr. Charles W. Baldwin, a former College trustee, includes the student dining facilities.

Bellemont Manor is the colonial mansion that serves as a conference center, under the supervision of the College's Office of Dining and Hospitality Services. The mansion offers meeting rooms, lodging and dining facilities for the many business, professional and community groups which come to the center each year. Situated on a five-acre site one-half mile from campus, Bellemont Manor was built by Mr. and Mrs. George Dean in 1927-28 and was donated to Albion College in 1962.

Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, built in 1965, houses the Department of Art and Art History, and includes the Elsie E. Munro, '26, Art Gallery and one smaller gallery. It is named for long-time visual arts professor Vernon L. Bobbitt. The Center has studios for painting, sculpture, printmaking and other media. An adjacent ceramics facility was built in 1973.

Carter Building, located behind Baldwin Hall, houses the Institute for the Study of the Environment and the Liberal Arts Institute for Pre-Medical and Health Care Studies.

Dean Hall is a cooperative residence for women. The facility, built in 1937 and located two blocks west of the campus, furnishes accommodations on a shared work basis. The cooperative plan for meal preparation and housekeeping results in lower room and board costs than those of other residence units.

Dickie Hall, a State of Michigan registered historical site, is one of Albion's oldest buildings. Construction began in 1857, although the facility was not completed until 14 years later. In this structure, the famous song "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" was written in the early 1900s. The building is named for Dr. Samuel Dickie, president of the College, 1901-1921. Originally housing the College chapel and offices, Dickie Hall is now incorporated into the Kellogg Center.

Dow Recreation and Wellness Center, located adjacent to Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium, is devoted to educational and recreational purposes, including individual and group sports activities, physical conditioning, and health and wellness programs. The building's Bernard T. Lomas Fieldhouse contains flexible court space for intramural basketball, volleyball and badminton as well as a 1/9-mile track. Also included in the facility, completed in 1988, are two racquetball courts, training and rehabilitation areas, a classroom, locker rooms and Department of Physical Education offices. The building was made possible by a gift from the Herbert H. and
Grace A. Dow Foundation. The Fieldhouse is named for Dr. Bernard T. Lomas, president of the College, 1970-1983.

Incorporated into the Dow Center is the Dean Aquatic Center, completed in 1978 and named for W. Clark Dean, '21, a long-time Albion College trustee and benefactor. It contains a T-shaped pool, 25 yards by 25 meters. The pool's diving area has 1- and 3-meter diving boards. In 1999 the Ungrodt Tennis Center, containing four indoor tennis courts, was added at the north end of the Lomas Fieldhouse. The facility is named for Paul W. Ungrodt, Jr., '52, a College trustee.

Epworth Building, originally called the Epworth Physical Laboratory, was built in 1916 with donations from the Methodist Epworth Leagues throughout Michigan.

Ferguson Student, Technology, and Administrative Services Building, completed in 2002, houses offices for the president and for five of the College's administrative divisions: academic affairs, finance and management, information technology, institutional advancement and student affairs. It brings together in one location a broad array of student services, including computing laboratories and instructional technology support. Located on the previous site of the Lottie L. Gassette Memorial Library, the building is named for trustee William C. Ferguson, '52, principal donor for the project.

Fraternity Houses were rebuilt in 1966 for all campus fraternal organizations by the College. The six fraternities in the complex are Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Sigma Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu and Tau Kappa Epsilon.

Gerstacker International House is a residential facility for 57 students taking courses in Spanish, German or French. It serves as a ``living laboratory'' where Albion College students can practice their foreign language conversational skills with fellow students and native speakers. Completed in 1970, the building incorporates continental features, including the Rottenbiller Memorial Garden in the central courtyard. The International House is named for Rollin M. Gerstacker, a pioneer in equipment engineering.

Goodrich Chapel with its stately steeple dominates the Albion campus and serves as a landmark to travelers approaching the city. Chapel offices and classrooms house the Music Department. The building was dedicated in 1958 and is named in honor of Dr. F. S. Goodrich, professor of English Bible and a College chaplain for more than half a century. The sanctuary seats more than 1,400 persons.

Held Equestrian Center is a 341-acre facility located within easy walking distance of the main campus. In addition to the Heathman Arena and a modern stable for boarding student-owned horses, it includes an outdoor ring and riding trails set amidst scenic hills and woodlands. Opened in 2004, the center is named for Nancy G. Held, professor and director of the Education Program, emerita.

Herrick Center for Speech and Theatre serves the theatre and speech communication programs and has the principal college theatre, as well as a smaller studio theatre. It is named for Michigan industrialist Ray W. Herrick. The structure, located on the west edge of Alumni Field, was completed in 1975.

Kellogg Center, completed in 1996, serves as a meeting ground for the entire campus community. The facility features lounges, meeting rooms, student organization offices, all campus mailboxes, a grill/snack bar, a convenience store, the College Bookstore and the Office of Campus Programs and Organizations. Gerstacker Commons, a multipurpose area located within Kellogg Center, is available for any campus group planning concerts, lectures, dances or other events. The five-level Kellogg Center adjoins and incorporates historic Dickie Hall. The center is named for Kellogg Co. of Battle Creek, donor of a $6-million gift for the project.

Kresge Gymnasium includes the varsity basketball and volleyball court, along with the Ferguson Dance Studio. Completed in 1925 and totally remodeled in 1988, the building is named in honor of philanthropist Dr. Stanley S. Kresge, '23.

Kresge Hall houses classrooms, laboratories and research spaces, primarily for the study of biology and chemistry. Added to the science complex in 2005, the four-story facility is named for College trustee Bruce A. Kresge, '53, and was made possible, in part, by a $4.5-million grant from the Kresge Foundation.

Mudd Learning Center/Stockwell Memorial Library complex houses library collections and services and academic computing services.

The library contains 550,000 print and non-print volumes, rare book collections, the College archives, and a collection of United States government documents which Albion receives as a depository library. The library maintains a listening laboratory, video viewing facilities and computing laboratories, as well as areas for individual and group study. The historical archives of the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church are also located in the library.

Built in 1938, Stockwell Memorial Library is named for Charles F. Stockwell, Albion's first principal, and is a gift of his daughter, Madelon Stockwell Turner, one of Albion's early graduates. The Wendell B. Will Faculty Room is on the second floor of the Stockwell building. The Mudd Learning Center, completed in 1980 and connected to Stockwell Library by an enclosed walkway, is named for Seeley G. Mudd, a physician and medical researcher.

Norris Center is a central lecture facility of the four-building science complex and is named for Dr. Louis W. Norris, president of the College, 1960-70. Built in 1969, it contains a large lecture auditorium, classrooms and the Dow Analytical Science Laboratory.

Olin Hall, the home for the Biology and Psychology Departments, was completed in 1983. The three-story facility was built and equipped through a $4.5 million gift from the Olin Foundation. Olin Hall contains a large lecture room, classrooms and laboratories, seminar rooms, faculty offices, a darkroom and a greenhouse. Among the extensive array of equipment available are two electron microscopes.

Palenske Hall is another of the four buildings in Albion College's science complex. Housed in the four-level facility are classrooms, laboratories and research spaces for the study of geology, physics, mathematics and computer science. Built in 1969 and totally renovated in 2005, it is named for Fred C. Palenske.

Putnam Hall includes classrooms, laboratories and research spaces, primarily for the study of chemistry and biology. Part of the four-building science complex, it was constructed in 1969 and named for Mark E. Putnam, '10.

Robinson Hall, renovated in 1992, houses the Departments of Anthropology/
Sociology, Economics/Management, History, and Political Science, as well as the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Policy and Service and the Carl A. Gerstacker Liberal Arts Institute for Professional Management. This structure is located on the site of the original Central Building, which was completed in 1843 but subsequently rebuilt with gifts from the late George O. Robinson.

Sorority Lodges are maintained by six of the seven national sororities on campus. Although members do not live in the lodges, they use them for meetings, special dinners, studying and social functions. Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta and Phi Mu maintain lodges. The seventh sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, uses other meeting spaces on campus.

Student Residences include several buildings--Wesley Hall (1925) with its east and west additions (1956), Seaton Hall (1949), Twin Towers (1965) and Whitehouse Hall (1963). Wesley Hall was remodeled in 1986; Seaton Hall was remodeled in 1993 and Twin Towers in 2002-03. All of Albion's student residences are coeducational with separate sections for men and women. Several homes have been remodeled for special-interest housing, and a limited number of College-owned apartments are also available. The Mae Harrison Karro, '31, Residential Village (2001) houses up to 56
students in apartment-style units. The residence was made possible by a gift from Roy Karro in memory of his wife.

Vulgamore Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus, was erected in 1854. Renovated in 1993, it includes offices and classrooms for the Departments of Education, English, Foreign Languages, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. The building was renamed in honor of Dr. Melvin L. Vulgamore, president of the College, 1983-1997.

Whitehouse Nature Center is a 144-acre preserve with scenic nature trails. Located on the Kalamazoo River and adjacent to the campus, it is used both for field instruction in the sciences and for quiet walks and observation. An Interpretive Center was built in 1977 to house a classroom, work space and a place for permanent nature displays. The Nature Center is named for Dr. William W. Whitehouse, president of the College, 1945- 1960. For more information, visit the Nature Center Web site at:


Student Life

As a residential college, Albion is concerned with the growth and development of the whole student in a number of interrelated realms: intellectual, personal, social, spiritual, emotional, physical and vocational. The various programs described below assist students' education outside the classroom. Personal growth is encouraged and supported through programs that practice community development, leadership skills, healthful living and the ability to interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds. The vice president for student affairs is responsible for giving leadership to most of the programs and services below, all of which support the academic mission of the College and enhance the full educational experience.

Residential Living

Albion is a residential college and expects all of its students to live and board within the College residence system. As such, residential life provides opportunities for students to integrate the academic mission of the College with the out-of-class experience. Numerous programs and activities are offered to meet students' educational and social needs.

Student residential facilities at Albion include residence halls, a cooperative residence, fraternity houses, apartments and homes near the campus that have been remodeled to accommodate seven to ten students. Most student rooms are double occupancy, encouraging the personal growth that comes with having a roommate. Residences have study rooms, informal lounges and recreation areas. Kitchenettes and laundry rooms are available in all housing units.

Gerstacker International House is a language-learning residence for upperclass students interested in French, German and Spanish.

Dean Hall, a cooperative residence, furnishes accommodations on a shared work plan for 21 upperclass women. The cooperative plan for meal preparation results in board costs that are lower than those of the other residence units.

College-owned fraternity houses give members their own eating, living and recreational facilities. Family and married-student housing may be available in the College-operated Burns Street apartments.

Full-time residence hall directors supervise each residence hall. In all resi dences, selected upperclass students serve as staff members (i.e., resident assistants), aid in the management of the residence programs and help to facilitate group and individual development and growth occurring in a residential unit.

Student Activities

An Albion education involves more than time in the classroom and library. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities available to them, including approximatly100 clubs and organizations, student government, publications and athletics.

Community service is a cornerstone of co-curricular life at Albion, and most student organizations participate in and plan service activities. The Student Volunteer Bureau acts as a clearinghouse for campus community volunteer opportunities. Most students participate in such activities at some point during their time at Albion.

Entertainment is provided through student-run organizations like Union Board, which regularly brings bands, comedians and other performers to campus and also sponsors off-campus trips.

The Kellogg Center is a campus center where all members of the campus community are welcome and encouraged to interact on a formal and informal basis. The campus center provides support and opportunities for participation in educational, cultural and recreational activities, and provides services for the convenience of the campus community.

The Office of Campus Programs and Organizations (CPO), located in the Kellogg Center, serves as a resource center for students, faculty and student groups. The Kellogg Center also houses the Student Volunteer Bureau, Union Board, Student Senate, The Pleiad, WLBN, Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils, as well as a number of other student groups.

Fraternities and Sororities
All of Albion's national fraternities have a residence that can accommodate a maximum of 50 students. The national Panhellenic sororities at Albion have their own lodges for meetings, service projects, study and social purposes. Sorority women, however, live in College residences.

The national fraternities are Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Sigma Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu and Tau Kappa Epsilon. The national Panhellenic sororities are Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta and Phi Mu. The Pan Hellenic sorority at Albion is Alpha Kappa Alpha. About 40 percent of the student body belongs to these groups.

Varsity Sports
Albion is a charter member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), founded in 1888. It is one of the oldest collegiate athletic conferences in the United States.

The men's varsity intercollegiate program includes baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis and track. Intercol-legiate sports for women include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and volleyball.

The First-Year Experience

All first-year students enroll in a First-Year Seminar. This seminar also becomes a Student Association and is an important building block for Albion community development that lasts through the sophomore year. With the First-Year Seminar as a basis, first-year and sophomore students participate in structured experiences (Learning Strategies, Association meetings, and mentoring) for personal, academic and professional growth that are facilitated by Association mentors, Student Affairs staff and faculty. (For more information, see p. 52.)

Religious Life


As an institution founded by and related to the United Methodist Church, Albion College celebrates religious life and spiritual development. The Office of the Chaplain embodies this commitment as it strives to create a welcoming and affirming context for the entire College community. ``Spirituality'' is understood in the broadest terms as a basic characteristic of every human, and therefore the office is here to serve the entire campus. The theology embodied by this office is inclusive, affirming and empowering. The most obvious ways to become involved are through the campus and area religious organizations. Campus organizations include nine Christian groups (including Wesley Fellowship and Newman Club), Albion College Hillel (Jewish) and Muslim Student Association. As for area multi-faith resources, a current listing can be accessed at or by visiting the Office of the Chaplain. Churches and religious organizations that have programs for college-age students are noted. The office serves as a central liaison between the College and area religious bodies and judicatories. Please contact the office if you have questions regarding an area religious group. The Office of the Chaplain actively cultivates discussions of spirituality throughout campus life. The office sponsors (and co-sponsors) programs that cross lines of academic discipline to provide fresh thought on meaning, ethics, religion and issues of justice. Ideas for collaborative programs that include spirituality are encouraged. The chaplain is available to offer pastoral care and spiritual direction for anyone within the College community. Such discussions can be helpful in bringing comfort and encouragement, as well as helping to define issues of faith and religious practice, and can bring a depth of understanding to the spiritual components of a person's individual situation.


Intercultural Affairs

In support of Albion's commitment to a pluralistic and equitable community for learning, the Office for Intercultural Affairs works cooperatively with students, faculty, staff and the Albion community to heighten awareness of an appreciation for cultural, ethnic and racial diversity. Emphasis is placed on the development and implementation of educational programs and activities that assist in the transition and retention of under-represented students. These programs include an orientation, mentoring and a host family program.

The office is concerned with all aspects of each student's development and a concerted effort is made to assist students in assessing educational goals and academic skills, and to identify and refer students to appropriate support services. The office advises student organizations that work in the spirit of diversity and community. These groups are the African Caribbean Student Union, Asian Awareness Group, Black Student Alliance, Break the Silence, Hillel, Muslim Student Association, Organization of Latino/a Awareness, International Student Union, African Student Union, United Voices of Albion College and POWER.

Counseling Services

The Office of Counseling Service's mission is to help students solve problems and acquire the skills they need to reach their academic and life goals. Counseling Services assists students when emotional, relationship or psychological issues negatively impact their ability to make the most of their educational experiences at Albion.

Students seek assistance from Counseling Services for a variety of rea sons, including adjustment to college, interpersonal or relationship conflicts, stress, anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Some students come to counseling to help clarify values and to help foster personal growth.

Counseling Services offers a spectrum of services to meet the individual needs of students, including individual counseling, couples counseling, group counseling and psycho-educational groups. Workshops and structured groups are also offered on a variety of personal growth and wellness topics throughout the year. Counseling Services staff can help facilitate referrals to community mental health agencies or to practitioners in the community.

All information shared in Counseling Services is confidential and may not be released without a written consent.

Counseling Services welcomes all students and embraces a philosophy respectful of diversity including students' race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability and sexual orientation. The staff is committed to helping all students deal with discrimination and identity issues.

Intervention and Prevention Program
One component of Couseling Services is the Alcohol and Other Drug Intervention and Prevention Program (IPP). This program works on the prevention of alcohol- and other drug-related problems, providing educational workshops and alcohol and other drug-related screenings to the College community throughout the year.

The IPP also works with students who have problems with alcohol and other drugs (AOD). Assessments are offered to help students identify problem drinking and other drug use problems. Students may also receive short-term AOD counseling to help increase the awareness of risk factors and lifestyle decisions related to alcohol and other drugs and to foster the development of healthy coping skills. Staff will also make referrals to various 12-step groups that hold meetings in the surrounding area. Students with serious or chronic problems with alcohol and other drugs may be referred to either in-patient or out-patient treatment programs for intensive care.

Anna Howard Shaw Women's Center

Founded in 1985, the Anna Howard Shaw Women's Center coordinates social, cultural and political programs focused on women for the Albion community. This includes organizing activities that raise awareness of women's issues and those that support women in their quests for empowerment and equality. Women's Center programming seeks to educate the Albion community about confronting issues and actions of oppression and marginalization that can serve as barriers to the development, dignity and freedom of all people.

For Women's History Month in March each year, the Women's Center, in coordination with the Women's and Gender Studies Program, provides programming to honor Dr. Shaw's life and work by highlighting women's lives, interests and passions. Other educational programs are frequently cosponsored with student organizations that share mutual interests.

The Women's Center seeks to support and promote the efforts of women, facilitating programs that serve to build a collaborative community in which women's voices are heard and honored. The Women's Center works to develop and disseminate resource materials that help educate the community about ideas and issues that impact and involve women.

The Anna Howard Shaw Women's Center is responsible for designing and delivering programming about sexual assault/sexual harassment prevention and intervention. The Women's Center works collaboratively with student groups, Campus Safety, Student Health Services and Counseling Services in responding to the needs of the women and men on campus.

The Women's Center also works collaboratively with Career Development to provide programming to assist women in making academic plans, life choices and career decisions. These programs include mentoring opportunities, workshops and speakers.

The Anna Howard Shaw Center belongs to the Albion College community. There are many formal and informal ways for students to be involved in and benefit from the Center's activities. Student involvement is essential for the Women's Center to achieve its mission of empowerment.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services (SHS) is staffed by two nurses Monday through Friday. In addition, the College physician and/or a physician assistant is at SHS 10 hours per week. Students needing care after hours may visit the SHS Web site and use the online self-care guide or list of area walk-in clinics, or call a telephone support service. The Department of Campus Safety or Residential Life staff can provide more information.

Some of the services available include: emergency first aid, allergy injections, medical consultation and treatment, referrals to specialty physicians, physicals and complete gynecological services, immunizations and diagnostic laboratory testing. Visits and most services are offered free of charge. Occasionally there is a small fee to cover supplies, medications or lab tests (performed at SHS).

A Student Health Record with updated immunizations is required of all incoming students.

All students are required to have health insurance, and Student Health Services should be contacted for additional information.

Career Development

The mission of the Office of Career Development is to help students put their liberal arts education to work. The office is guided by a developmental philosophy that regards career development as a lifelong process. The office's goals are to help students acquire the knowledge and skills they will need to develop a career identity and to secure rewarding and fulfilling work or graduate school placement after graduation. The Career Development staff provides comprehensive services designed to assist students in exploring and attaining their professional career goals including: self-assessment instruments, individual and group career counseling, career development programming, jobs and internship resources and on-campus recruiting.

Programming aims to educate students about the career development process. Topics include: choosing a major, developing a four-year career plan, exploring career options, securing internships, gaining entry into advanced study programs, preparing for the job search and obtaining full-time employment upon graduation.

Campus Safety

The Department of Campus Safety is staffed with professional and student officers. The main objective of Campus Safety is to provide the campus community with a safe environment. This is accomplished by offering crime prevention education and by providing a number of services to protect against theft and injury. Campus Safety officers and dispatchers attend extensive training sessions and handle a variety of requests concerning fire safety, first aid, building security, crisis intervention, personal safety and multicultural awareness. The Department of Campus Safety is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to respond to student, faculty and staff needs.

Student Regulations and Basic Principles of Responsibility

Albion College is committed to a philosophy whereby students are treated as adults. As such, each student has primary responsibility for the quality of his/her educational experience and for meeting the College's academic and social expectations.

Albion College strives to be more than a reflection of the society of which it is a part. Through its programs and its example, the College seeks to challenge the society to adopt ever higher standards and expectations for its members. The College is not, however, a sanctuary from the larger society, nor from the laws and expectations of that society.

Institutional expectations, regulations and practices are established to provide an environment conducive to human growth, to reflect the values to which the College subscribes, to recognize the proximity in which students live with one another, and to recognize the developing capabilities of students as they encounter and progress through the college experience. The purpose of these expectations, regulations and practices is to promote:

  • The academic mission of the College,
  • Those opportunities and settings that facilitate the coming together of persons of different persuasions and backgrounds,
  • Respect for the rights of others, and
  • The values that evolve from our heritage as a College related to the United Methodist Church.

To establish high standards and to encourage greater understanding and responsibility, a number of the College's regulations are formally stated here. Other expectations, regulations and practices of the College, including its customs and traditions, are contained in the Student Handbook which is made available online to students each fall.

Attendance at Albion College is a privilege and it is expected that students will conduct themselves in a responsible manner that reflects the ideals and educational aims of the College. Where student responsibility does not reflect this expectation, concern will be expressed and suitable action taken which may include suspension or permanent dismissal from the College.

Central to a College's purpose is the pursuit of truth. This quality, the proximity in which students live, and the freedom of campus life depend upon the personal integrity of all members of the College community. Activities that represent an intention to steal, actual stealing or dishonesty in any form are extremely serious offenses which may result in suspension or expulsion from the College. Questions of academic dishonesty are handled by procedures set up by the faculty and are outlined in the Student Handbook.

The residential nature of the campus affords opportunities for maximizing the undergraduate educational experience. As a residential college, Albion requires all students to live and board within the College residence system. Exceptions to this expectation are made for married students, commuters (defined as those students who reside with their parents or legal guardians within 50 miles of the campus), students with legal dependents and students age 23 or older (housing can be provided if desired). Written notification must be submitted to the Office of Residential Life.

Albion College does not consider the use of alcoholic beverages as necessary or conducive to the processes of higher education. Albion College students are expected to abide by the laws of the State of Michigan and the City of Albion relative to the possession, consumption and serving of alcohol. Only students 21 years of age or older may possess and/or consume alcoholic beverages. Students under 21 years of age are prohibited from possessing and/or consuming alcoholic beverages. Possession and/or consumption of alcohol in public areas of the campus is not permitted. Use of alcohol or other drugs which jeopardizes or endangers the welfare of one's self or others, or contributes to other irresponsible or offensive action or behavior, is a violation of College regulations. All students and groups are subject to disciplinary action for violation of Albion College policy pertaining to the possession, consumption or serving of alcohol.

Involvement in the illegal merchandising, possession, use or distribution of paraphernalia or drugs including marijuana, or misconduct resulting therefrom, is an offense that is subject to penalties up to and including expulsion.

Student participation in activities which develop to a degree that elicits public alarm, disturbs the public peace, threatens or endangers personal well-being, or harms public or private property is prohibited. In like manner, student behavior that disrupts or interferes with the orderly processes of the College is also prohibited. ``Orderly processes of the College'' are viewed to include, but not limited to, the holding of classes, the carrying forward of College business, arrangements for properly authorized and scheduled events and the observance of regulations and procedures. Individual students who encourage or become involved in disruptive activities will be subject to suitable disciplinary action which may result in suspension or expulsion from the College.

To avoid jeopardizing their status with the College and to assure the maintenance of accurate records, students are required to notify the vice president for student affairs whenever enrollment is voluntarily terminated.

Students are required to complete a medical questionnaire mailed to them prior to their initial enrollment. Completed questionnaires must be on file before a student is permitted to move into a residence hall. In addition, students are required to have all immunizations current and a tuberculosis test completed within one year through a skin test or chest x-ray prior to starting classes.

Liability Disclaimer
Albion College shall not be liable for any injuries to or property damages suffered by any student regardless of cause. This disclaimer of liability shall apply to, but not by way of limitation, the following:

Any injury or damage incurred on property owned by or under the control of the College, or its subsidiaries, such as classrooms, residence halls or other housing, any other structures, all common areas and grounds, and vehicles;

Any injury or damage incurred as a participant, spectator or otherwise in any intramural or intercollegiate or other event or contest, athletic or otherwise, or while in transit thereto or therefrom;

Any injury or damage suffered while engaged in or attending a classroom or related activity, whether required or elective, and regardless of

Any injury or damage suffered by reason of theft, fire, damage by the elements or by other cause;

Any injury or damage suffered by reason of any act or omission of any College trustee, officer, member of the faculty or staff, employee, contractor or student.

By applying for admission or readmission to the College, or by continuing their enrollment with the College for a subsequent semester, students accept the foregoing disclaimer and agree to be bound thereby.

Insurance of Personal Belongings

The College does not insure personal effects of students. Therefore, it is recommended that students insure their belongings either through their parents' homeowner policy or a separate policy.



First Semester, 2005-06

August 1
Final deadline for registered students to notify College of intention not to return for first semester, 2005-06. Remainder of general deposit forfeited for withdrawals after this date.

August 19
Residences open for all first-year and new transfer students at 8 a.m. First contract meal--lunch.

August 20
Residences open for all upperclass students at 8 a.m. First contract meal--lunch.

August 22
First day of classes. Final enrollment for all students.

August 25
Opening Convocation

August 29
Last day to drop and add a course

September 2
Last day to register for credit/no credit option

September 5
Labor Day. No classes.

September 22
Fall Equinox (Wicca)

October 1

October 4
Ramadan begins (through Nov. 3)
Rosh Hashanah begins (through Oct. 13)

October 10

October 10-11
Fall break

Yom Kippur

October 14
Deadline for general deposit refund for students not returning for second semester, 2005-06

October 24-November 1
Academic advisement for second semester, 2005-06

October 28
Last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of "W"

October 29
Family Day

November 1

November 3
Eid al Fitr

November 7-17
Online registration

November 23
Thanksgiving vacation begins. No classes. Residences close at 10 a.m. Last contract meal--breakfast.

November 27
Residences open at noon. First contract meal--dinner.

November 28
Classes resume at 8 a.m.

December 1
Final deadline for registered students to notify College of intention not to return second semester, 2005-06. Remainder of general deposit forfeited for withdrawals after this date.

December 8
Bodhi Day

December 8
Last day of classes

December 9
Reading day

December 10-14
Final examinations

December 12
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 14
Residences close at 7 p.m. Last contract meal--dinner.

Second Semester, 2005-06

January 15
Residences open at noon for all students.

January 15
Registration for entering first-year and new transfer students. First contract meal--lunch.

January 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. No classes.

January 17
First day of classes. Final enrollment for all students.

January 24
Last day to drop and add a course

January 30
Last day to register for credit/no credit option

February 3
Last day to remove an Incomplete grade from first semester, 2005-06

March 1
Ash Wednesday

March 10

March 10
Spring vacation begins at 5 p.m. Last contract meal--dinner. Residences close at 7 p.m.

March 15
Deadline for general deposit refund for students not returning for first semester, 2006-07

March 19
Residences open at 10 a.m. First contract meal--dinner.

March 20
Classes resume at 8 a.m.

March 20-28
Academic advisement for first semester, 2006-07

March 24
Last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of "W"

April 3-13
Online registration

April 13
Passover begins (through April 21)

April 14
Good Friday. Classes end at noon.

April 27
Honors Convocation. Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium. No classes.

May 4
Last day of classes

May 5
Reading day

May 6-10
Final examinations

May 10
Residences close to all underclass students at 9 p.m. Last contract meal for underclass students--dinner.

May 13
Commencement. Residences close to all students at 6 p.m.

Summer College, 2006

May 21
Residences open for summer residents at noon.

May 22-July 7
Summer College

August 1, 2006 is the final deadline for registered students to notify the College
of their intention not to return for first semester, 2006-07. The remainder of the
general deposit is forfeited for withdrawals after this date.

Major religious holidays that might affect a student's class attendance are listed
on this calendar as a guide for the campus community. If students choose to
miss class to observe a holiday, it is the student's responsibility to notify the
instructor of the absence and to make up any work missed during the absence.


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