Ludington Center Policies and Procedures

The Ludington Center is a collaborative community space for Albion College and the business and civic endeavors of the City of Albion. More specifically, it is for college programming, professional events, business events, education and economic development-related programming.

Ludington Center Occupants Include

  • Albion College Career and Internship Center
  • Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service
  • Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management
  • Albion College Visiting Scholars
  • Albion College Community Liaison
  • Michigan Works!

Ludington Center Hours

Days Hours
Monday – Friday 7:45 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Check-in Policy

All groups with reserved space must check in at the reception desk upon arrival and departure.

Space Reservation/Rental Policy

All space reservations are managed by Albion College with priority given to the College, City of Albion, and business community activities. When not reserved, spaces are open. Reservations are not confirmed unless you have received an email from the campus scheduler* stating that your request is confirmed for a particular space and date.

Reservation includes

  • Basic room sets (see diagrams available at front desk)
  • Basic technology
  • Staffed reception desk

Space Reservations Contacts

Dates Contact Phone Email
August – April Karen Hiatt 517/629-0336
May – July Nancy Chapman 517.629.0629

Hands-On Learning

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Your hands are a tool by which you explore the world. They're also how you show people where you experience hands-on learning in Michigan. At Albion, we create an environment where you’re encouraged to dive into the things that you love.

We'll get you outside of the classroom so you can get your hands dirty with experience, and prepare yourself for the real world. Our job is to listen. To lend a hand when you need it. To give you a pat on the back, a round of applause or a gentle nudge in the right direction.

At Albion, we’ll help you grasp the opportunities of today so that you can take hold of your future.

Apply today and begin writing your own hands-on story.

Our History

Albion Female College, 1835

Albion College has a pioneering heritage with a work ethic to match.

Albion College originally met the educational needs of the children of Native Americans and settlers in the area. In 1835, the College was awarded a charter by the Michigan Territorial Legislature, thanks to the efforts of Methodists who were early settlers in the Michigan Territory.

Always on the leading edge, Albion became one of the first schools in the Midwest to introduce coeducation. In 1850, the legislature approved the founding of the Albion Female Collegiate Institute, which was then controlled by its counterpart, the Wesleyan Seminary Corporation. But in 1857, the two schools merged under the name of the Wesleyan Seminary and Female College at Albion. Albion College was fully authorized by the state legislature to award four-year college degrees to both men and women on February 25, 1861.

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. But 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. Recently, we’ve completed tremendous additions that range from the Ferguson Administrative Building to our LEED-certified Science Complex. The aquatic, recreation, and learning centers are complemented by our 340-acre equestrian facility. Enrollment has increased from 500 students in 1901 to more than triple that number today. Full-time faculty currently totals 101, and the College has more than 23,000 living alumni.

Our growth and change are signs of our success, which we believe is founded on the things about Albion that have always remained the same. First, our emphasis on excellence in liberal arts education is our hallmark. Our commitment to a broad, rigorous foundation is complemented by our work ethic. We put students in the real world and ask them to research, participate, and lead. We expect them to do it well, to take it further, and to be more. Because Albion is where you turn thought into action. Where you learn how to live at the leading edge of who you are. Where you become your best self, ready to live a life of impact. And that’s Albion College today.

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, 1997-2007
Dr. Donna M. Randall, President, 2007-2013

Where to Eat

Albion and the surrounding area are full of dining options.

Take a picnic—we’re right on the river.

You're welcome to dine on campus, or take a picnic to go. Just let us know what you're looking for. Find dining services here.

We're also close to some of the best pizza around. An Albion, Michigan fixture for years, Cascarelli's Restaurant serves made-from-scratch pizza covered with its signature sauce (made using a 70-year-old recipe) loaded with toppings. It's definitely worth leaving campus for. Be sure to stop in on one of the Friday nights when the College's own jazz ensemble performs.

Local Restaurants


Biggby Coffee
217 E Michigan Ave
Albion, MI 49224

Cascarelli's of Albion
116 South Superior Street
Albion, MI 49224

Charlie's Tavern
111 West Porter Street
Albion, MI 49224

Darb's Country Tavern
20985 27 1/2 Mile Road
Albion, MI 49224

Frosty Dan's
1455 North Eaton Street
Albion, MI 49224

Gina's Pizza & Deli
301 N Clinton Street
Albion, MI 49224

La Casa Mexicana Restaurant
1510 North Eaton Street
Albion, MI 49224

Little Red Lunch Box Cafe
113 E Michigan Avenue
Albion, MI 49224

Lopez Taco House
205 North Superior Street
Albion, MI 49224

Nora's and More
115 N. Superior Street
Albion, MI 49224

The Forks Sandwich Eatery
1313 E Michigan Avenue
Albion, MI 49224

Splitters Classic Grill - University Lanes
16653 E. Michigan Ave
Albion, MI 49224


Bernie's Main St Tavern
112 East Main Street
Homer, MI 49245

Cascarelli's of Homer
103 East Main Street
Homer, MI 49245

Five Star Pizza
115 West Main Street
Homer, MI 49245

Homer Stagecoach Cafe
131 West Main Street
Homer, MI 49245


Cornwell's Turkeyville
18935 15 1/2 Mile Road
Marshall, MI 49068

Biggby Coffee
1110 West Michigan Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Broadway Grille
107 W. Michigan Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Dark Horse Brewery
511 S. Kalamazoo Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Ice Cream Dream
1112 West Michigan Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Jade Garden
206 W. Michigan Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Kate's Diner
129 W. Michigan Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Mancino's Pizza
113 E Michigan Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Moonraker Lounge & Restaurant
11401 17 Mile Road
Marshall, MI 49068

Pastrami Joe's
105 North Jefferson Street
Marshall, MI 49068

Schuler's Restaurant & Pub
115 South Eagle Street
Marshall, MI 49068

Stagecoach Inn
201 West Michigan Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Zarzuela Spanish Tapas Restaurant
301 East Michigan Avenue
Marshall, MI 49068

Our Diversity

Our Diversity at Albion College.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Albion College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, marital status, or veteran status as protected by law, in all educational programs and activities, admission of students, and conditions of employment.

Religious Diversity

Albion College is historically related with the United Methodist Church, the modern form of the denomination that founded the College in 1835. Albion College focuses on Christian unity and understanding diversity within Christianity. There are many different Christian groups on campus. In addition, people from other religious backgrounds are equally included in spiritual life at Albion College. There is no preferential treatment; the College has a core commitment to supporting a spiritually diverse campus and promoting academic freedom.

Faculty Resolution on College-Church Relationship

The Faculty of Albion College recognizes the long history of social activism, service, support for education, and tradition of character formation in the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church, both past and present, is internally diverse. Its members and leadership advocate a range of different ethical and political positions. Albion's Faculty interprets the College's United Methodist affiliation in accord with this diversity.

Therefore, the College's affiliation does not imply exclusive faculty endorsement of United Methodist social teachings or theological doctrines as presented in the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. Albion does not integrate the social teachings of the Book of Discipline into its curriculum or treat them as expectations concerning the behavior of students, faculty, or staff.

One example of the faculty's neutrality regarding internal disagreements of the United Methodist Church concerns the theology and ethics of sexual orientation. Albion is committed to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students. In light of the diversity of opinion and ongoing discussions within United Methodism about the theology and ethics of homosexual practice, marriage, and ordination (represented by groups such as Reconciling Ministries Network), Albion's faculty does not endorse the teachings of the Book of Discipline on these matters. Instead, the faculty seeks to facilitate fruitful ongoing dialogue about them.

By vote of the faculty members of Albion College, March 2015


Albion College draws its strength from the rich diversity of our students. We are pleased to welcome qualified students from all backgrounds, regardless of citizenship and immigration status, into our living and learning community.

We are mindful of the challenges faced by DACA holders and undocumented students during these uncertain times and are committed to continuing to welcome and support these individuals.

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