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Study at Albion College

The foundation of Albion College was laid in the year 1835 when a charter was approved for the setting up of the Spring Arbor Seminary. However, it was only in 1843 that classes began in what was then called the Wesleyan Seminary. In 1850, the Albion Female Collegiate Institute was established. These two institutes merged to form the Wesleyan Seminary and Female College at Albion in 1857. In February, 1861, it was renamed the Albion College. This private liberal arts institute is now situated on a 225-acre campus in Albion, Michigan.

Albion College offers Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in over 25 fields. The courses are offered through the following academic institutes:

  • Carl A. Gerstacker Liberal Arts Institute for Professional Management
  • Fritz Shurmur Education Institute
  • Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Policy and Service
  • Institute for the Study of the Environment
  • Liberal Arts Institute for Pre-Medical and Health Care Studies
  • Prentiss M. Brown Honors Institute
The sports teams of Albion College are known as the Britons. They participate in soccer, cross country, volleyball, swimming and diving, softball, track and field, tennis, golf, basketball, football, and equestrian hunt seat. The teams are members of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the NCAA's Division III.

Profile of Albion College

The main campus of Albion is in Albion, MI (a town not particularly near any major cities). The school is a United Methodist institution. Albion is a private, not-for-profit school. The school offers degrees up to the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

Albion offers more choices of majors than most colleges its size. The school students most commonly major in a field related to mathematics, music, science, art studies, and liberal arts.

Albion Selectivity

Albion does not accept everyone who applies. In 2007, SAT verbal scores of half of students were 500 to 620. Three-fourths of students accepted in 2007 had SAT math scores of 530 or more.


The school's faculty/student ratio compares favorably with most colleges. The school offers tenure to reward and retain some professors. Salaries for full-time faculty at Albion are higher than most, allowing the school to afford quality teaching.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, the school had 1, 938 enrolled students.

Student Life

Many students at Albion live in campus housing. The school makes available a lot of student housing. Meal plans are available. Student athletes at the school belong to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association for major sports.

Albion Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts148economics, English, sociology, history, political science, German language, Spanish language, French language, . . .
Science61biology, chemistry, geology, physics, theoretical and mathematical physics, geological and earth sciences
Therapy and Counselling39psychology
Business and Management34business management
Media19communication studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy18health and physical education, exercise science, athletic trainer
Art Studies15art studies
Education and Teaching12physical education teaching
Religion and Philosophy10philosophy, religion
Family and Social Work9public policy analysis
Fine Arts3art history and criticism
Computer Science and Engineering3computer science
Drama and Performing Arts2drama

Contact: Albion

Albion College

611 E Porter St

Albion, MI 49224

General Phone: (517) 629-1000


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