Check-In Process for New Students

We are looking forward to welcoming new first-year and transfer students to campus for the 2021-22 academic year. You often hear that Albion is a special place, and it is!  Our community is built on the spirit of boldness and tenacity, and all of us, together, will help make this a great year at Albion College. We want you to enjoy the campus and take full advantage of everything Albion has to offer this fall.  

Albion College’s plans include:

  • Full face-to-face instruction, in-person services across and in-person dining experiences across campus
  • A rich and active menu of activities and initiatives from the Office of Campus Life, Community Living, and other departments across campus
  • In-person athletic schedules and activities, including more relaxed spectator policies, consistent with the most current guidelines from the NCAA and the MIAA

Below is an overview of the check-in process for new first-year and transfer Albion College students. Please review this information thoroughly so you are ready for a smooth introduction to campus.

Pre-Arrival Expectations

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As a reminder, the College has implemented a Vaccination Requirement for students.  This requirement must be met before you arrive on campus for the fall semester.  All students will need to present proof of vaccination or complete a waiver request by August 1, 2021. You will need to go into your Briton Bound account to upload your vaccine card or complete the waiver application. Albion’s full COVID-19 vaccine policy is available for your review (an email address is required to view).

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Getting your ID card made over the summer will save you time and make your campus check-in process much smoother. Simply email a JPEG format of your high school picture, passport photo, or any reasonable headshot that we can crop and use for your student ID picture. If you are unable to make the photo a JPEG, any other version will be fine. Please email your name, student ID# (located in Your Albion College Information System (ACIS) Login email), and your picture as soon as possible, but no later than August 2.

Arrival Process

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Student Development staff have worked with other offices across campus to create a centralized check-in process at the Kellogg Center.  All residential and non-residential students are required to complete this process as their first step when arriving at Albion.  

  • The date and time frame for new students to arrive on campus is Monday, August 23, 2021, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  In order to provide a smooth, safe and efficient experience for you,  we are requiring students to sign up for a time to arrive on campus to successfully complete the check-in process. Check-in times are in one-hour time slots, and you can select your time online.  Please know that space is limited in each of the time blocks.  
  • New students who have been approved for an exemption to the College residency requirement are required to participate in the August 23, 2021 Check-in Process.
  • The Office of Community Living will send a reminder to your Albion email address 48 hours before your scheduled check-in time block. 

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  • The Kellogg Center is the first stop of the check-in process. When arriving on campus, proceed to the Ferguson Building parking lot (campus map here), which will be reserved all day for new student arrivals. 
  • The Kellogg Center check-in process is designed as a  “one stop” experience for your success as an Albion student.  This process will include meeting representatives from a variety of key College Offices to ensure you have completed all College forms and submit the required information. The following Offices will be present to welcome and assist you:  Accounting, Financial Aid, the Cutler Center, Community Living, Information Technology,  Campus Safety, and Office of Integrated Wellness.  You will receive your Albion Student ID card (Albion 1Card) during the check-in process.  Your ID card is your key to your residential building and room, your meal plan access in dining venues, your access to the Library, and to the Dow Recreation and Wellness Center

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At the conclusion of the check-in process in the Kellogg Center, residential students may then proceed to their residential building to move into their residence hall room.  Staff will be present to assist you in finding your room and answering any questions you may have.   

Students are permitted to have others assist with moving belongings into their residential assignment.  However, these helpers (if not fully vaccinated) must not have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person within the previous 10 days, and must not be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 when they arrive on campus. 

Students Required to Arrive on Campus Prior To August 23, 2021

There are students who are required to return to campus prior to August 23, 2021, for athletics, marching band, or other programs. These students will also need to complete a central check-in process when they arrive on campus. The Office of Community Living will send a separate communication to these students with dates, times, and other details regarding their check-in process.

New students who are not able to return to campus on August 23rd due to extreme circumstances: please contact the Office of Community Living ( to discuss your circumstances to determine if an exception may be granted.  Please note that students who arrive outside of the August 23 check in period will not be allowed to move into their residential building until they are approved by the Office of Community Living.

Albion Orientation Information

Albion Orientation “Albion-O” will be an exciting introduction to the 2021 – 2022 Academic Year. To be prepared for the week, please make sure you pay attention to messages delivered to your Albion email address. 

Learn more about Albion-O

Countdown to College

A series of informative emails sent to new students in the weeks leading up to becoming a Brit!

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Hey incoming class of 2025! It’s hard to believe, but we’re about a month from Move-In Day for the fall semester! To help you prepare for college, we’re going to be sending you periodic “Countdown to College” emails with topics we think you’ll find helpful. This week’s topic: Getting to know your roommate!

By now, most of you have received your roommate assignments for your freshman year at Albion. We know that roommate assignments are one of the things that make students the most anxious and nervous for their first year of college, especially if you have never met the person you’re rooming with before.

A great first-step toward building a friendship with your roommate even before you move into Albion would be to get ahold of the person you’ve been assigned to. We include their contact information when we announce roommates for a reason: So that you can get to know them! When you contact your roommate, a great talking point would be to discuss what items each of you are planning to bring to your dorm room. For some of the large items, such as a refrigerator, futon, or television, your room will only be able to hold one, so you’ll want to figure out which one of you will be bringing those items.

As we mentioned, we know that many of you are nervous about meeting your roommate and living with them this year. We’ve talked with some of our current students to give you tips about what to pack and how to handle getting to know your roommate when you first arrive in Albion. We hope you find the videos below helpful. Enjoy!

LaRhonda Richardson, ’21 – Lathrup Village, MI
Brooks Flannigan, ’24 – Fayateville, AR

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We know you’ve gotten a lot of information within the last several months, but we also know that you may still have some important questions. In order to clear up any confusion, we’ve broken down some need-to-know information below for you.

Essential Move-In Information

Move-In Date: Monday, August 23 (fall athletes, TRiO members, Stockwell Scholars, band and other special populations see alternative dates below).

Move-In Time: This year we are staggering our move-in times to reduce traffic in the hallways as students move their belongings into their rooms and to also remain mindful of social distancing and exposure.

*Keep an eye out for an email from the Office of Community Living with time slot sign-up information as Monday, August 23 approaches.


Albion-O (New Student Orientation) Information

Albion-O Dates: August 23-29. Students should plan to begin orientation sessions the evening of Monday, August 23 (beginning with a parent send-off celebration).

Albion-O Times: Sessions will occur Monday-Sunday between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm. Special activities will occur every evening after dinner. All sessions will be mandatory for students to attend, so please plan accordingly.

*Keep an eye out for information regarding specific session schedules and other details as move-in approaches.


Alternate Move-In Dates

  • TRiO Summer Bridge Program: Sunday, August 8
  • Football: Wednesday, August 11
  • Men’s and Women’s Soccer: Wednesday, August 18
  • Men’s and  Women’s XC: Wednesday, August 18
  • Men’s and Women’s Golf: Wednesday, August 18
  • Volleyball: Wednesday, August 18
  • Stockwell Scholars: Wednesday, August 18
  • Marching Band: Sunday, August 22

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By now you should have received an email to your account about your fall semester class schedule. The email directs you to your ACIS account to view your class titles, professors, and class times.

When you check your schedule, you may notice that some courses you’ve been registered for do not appear to be directly related to your major. This is okay! Remember that Albion College is a liberal arts institution, which means we require you to take classes outside of your major. Each class that you are registered for this semester will count toward your degree!

If you have additional questions or concerns regarding your schedule, please direct them to

Once you arrive on campus, the Registrar’s Office will be your go-to place for anything schedule related. We know that you may be unfamiliar with this office, so check out current student LaRhonda Richardson’s tour of the office.


In order to receive your student ID card upon check-in, we ask that you send us a photo of yourself. Please send the photo in JPEG format to

Within your email, please include:

  • Your name
  • Student ID number (located in your Albion College Information System (ACIS) Login email)
  • Attach you picture (saved in a JPG format)

Photo submissions must be made no later than August 2nd!

As always, continue to check your Albion College email account for any updated information throughout the remainder of the summer. We want to make your arrival to campus as smooth as possible! Click here for additional arrival and check-in information!

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The complete schedule and overview for the week of Albion-O can be found here. Your first week here is going to be jammed with fun, informative and social events to get you ready before classes start!


Reminder: Your student ID photo was due August 2nd.

In order to receive your student ID card upon check-in, we ask that you send us a photo of yourself. Please send the photo in JPEG format to

Within your email, please include:

  • Your name
  • Student ID number (located in your Albion College Information System (ACIS) Login email)
  • Attach you picture (saved in a JPG format)


If you are planning to bring a car to campus and have not filled out a parking permit registration please do so here. If you’ve already registered your vehicle with campus safety or through your Briton Bound account you’re all set! Parking passes will be available for pick up in the Kellogg Center on the day of your Check-In.

As always, continue to check your Albion College email account for any updated information throughout the remainder of the summer. We want to make your arrival to campus as smooth as possible! Click here for additional arrival and check-in information. This link will also take you to the previous Countdown To College articles for you to view.

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Do you have some lingering questions you would love answered before heading to campus in a few weeks? We’re here to help!

We’ve set up virtual Q&A sessions based on the most common questions per department. To register, simply click on the link below for the session(s) you would like to attend.

Check out the video from Thursday, July 29 – 6:30PM-7:30PM
Community Living – Director of Community Living, Marcus Dawson and Wesley Hall Area Coordinator, AJ Mattson.

Check out the video from Thursday, August 5 – 6:30PM-7:30PM
Billing and Financial Aid – Accounting Manager, Amber Barber and Director of Financial Aid, Trevor Markovich.

Sunday, August 15 – 6:30PM-7:30PM
Albion-O – Assistant Dean of Campus Life, Sharese Mathis and Assistant Dean for Student Success and Associate Director of the Cutler Center, Chris Berry

Thursday, August 19 – 6:30PM-7:30PM
Current Albion students will be available to answer any questions you might have.

We look forward to seeing you soon!