Albion’s ‘Supportive’ Environment Highlighted in 2022 Fiske Guide to Colleges

The annual best-selling guidebook offers profiles of the “best and most interesting” colleges in the country.

July 14, 2021

Suellyn Henke, professor of education, with First-Year Seminar students

With Kai out front, Dr. Suellyn Henke, professor of education, leads her First-Year Seminar students on an Albion excursion.

A “supportive and positive” academic climate, one in which “top-notch academic and career counseling keeps students on track and motivated,” is emphasized in a profile of Albion College in the latest edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

2022 Fiske Guide to Colleges badgeNow in its 38th year of publication, the Fiske Guide is regularly recommended by high school counselors as a resource for college-bound students and their families. Explicitly not a ranking, the more than 300 four-year schools in the book are described in feature-length profiles that provide crisp snapshots of academic and campus life.

Right from the opening paragraph, Fiske mentions that “Albion helps students achieve their goals through personal attention from professors, internships and a devoted alumni network.” In particular, professors are “accessible” and “interested in students’ academic performance and their emotional well-being.”

Qualities such as these were on display throughout the 2020-21 academic year as the College was able to safely provide in-person learning on nearly every class day during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2022 Fiske profile devotes notable space to the College’s institutes and centers—now part of the new School for Public Purpose and Professional Advancement—and its Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, “which pairs students from all disciplines with faculty mentors” and “is highly commended by students.”

Additionally, Fiske cites “a well-run Union Board” that organizes numerous campus activities as well as the many new developments downtown that attract students, among them a bookstore/coffeehouse, bakery and brewpub. Already, Albion draws students who are keenly interested in getting involved off campus, and Fiske states that “half of the students volunteer in the community on a regular basis.”

“Students are taking note of the limitless ways they can become involved in our academic and campus life, as well as in the Albion community,” said Mandy Dubiel, interim chief enrollment management officer. “Recently announced initiatives such as new academic programs, the School for Public Purpose and Professional Advancement, the Body and Soul Center and our Integrated Well-Being Program have also increased our competitive appeal for prospective students and families. A sense of true belonging is central to our engaged and supportive learning environment, and in Admission, we are seeing this resonate with students who apply, visit and enroll.”

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