Overall enrollment and student diversity continue to trend upward with the arrival of Albion College's Class of 2020. As of the first day of classes August 22, the matriculation of more than 400 first-year students and 35 transfers—coupled with a higher returning sophomore retention rate—has driven the student body above 1,400 for the first time since 2011.
Centered on Community
Albion College offers four-year tuition, room and board to as many as 10 first-year students who are Albion residents and attended Albion Public Schools in grades 6-8. Learn about the Build Albion Fellows Program
President Ditzler talks about the initiative on WBCK-FM
Reopening the Bohm: Read about a landmark internship for Andrea Walles, '15
Albion College's Sister City efforts earn a national award
Watch an expert panel discuss "Albion Tomorrow"
Listen to the Town & Gown podcast series
Class of 2016 member Audrey DeGroot will soon begin a two-year adventure in the West African country of Guinea as Albion's first Peace Corps volunteer since Christin Spoolstra, '11. "I don't want a 9-to-5 job and an apartment, I want an adventure," she says, listing some of the "million and one" reasons she decided to apply for the position.
“What I loved most about President Vulgamore was his unmitigated joy at being surrounded by and involved with students.” Those were the words of one Albion alumna this week following the August 12 passing of Dr. Melvin L. Vulgamore, the College's 13th president whose 14-year administration ran from 1983 to 1997.
The history of New Orleans has long fascinated Albion College French professor Dianne Guenin-Lelle. After all, she was born and raised there, and lived there for the better part of 30 years. Her recent book, The Story of French New Orleans: History of a Creole City, describes the fractious, diverse, unusual history of the city and how, in many ways, it is so different from most other American cities. And during her research, she came across an unexpected connection.
"When I first heard that there was a 16-year-old autistic race car driver, I was amazed," says Queana Langston, '18, whose recent Ford Institute internship was inspired by the story of driver Armani Williams. Langston first learned about Williams and the Race4Autism Foundation through her uncle, who was hired to shoot a documentary about the nonprofit. "I wanted to work there out of the goodness of my heart," Langston says, realizing later that an internship would both benefit her Albion studies and allow her to apply certain skills on behalf of the foundation's goals.
Students from six different high schools in southern Michigan got a day off from school in May to compete in Albion College's first W. Keith Moore Math Competition. The students competed both as individuals and teams, with pencil-and-paper quizzes and even a math scavenger hunt that took them across campus.
- Quasunella, '17, Reflects on Her Semester at SEA
- Thurner, '17, Sinks Into Funded Research in the Pacific Northwest
- The Parts and the Whole: Brown, '18, Interns with AIS Construction
- Britons in Fast Lane as Interns at Roush
- Cardiology and College Credit at Albion's First 'Camp Med'
- For Tom Poirier, '69, His Journey of Discovery Was Worth It
- Boston Seminar Proves Eye-Opening for Two History Students
- Psychology's Mareike Wieth Flies High with Media
- 101 N. Superior Project to Become The Ludington Center
- Albion Launches Second NEA Big Read Grant