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Albion College

Albion College

Albion College


Albion College is an undergraduate, liberal arts institution committed to academic excellence. We are learning-centered and recognize that valuable learning takes place in and outside the classroom, on and off-campus. We prepare students to translate critical thought into action.

Albion College prepares bold, purpose-driven students to act.

We’re a nationally-recognized liberal arts school with strong ties to our local community. Our students pursue their passions while gaining a true understanding of the world. They learn to turn critical thought into meaningful action. Our faculty make mentorship their top priority. We prioritize building a culture of belonging that makes space for everyone. Albion students graduate ready to thrive in rewarding careers, live meaningful lives, and help build a better world.

Our Purpose

Albion College is committed to liberal education in the arts and sciences. We believe such an education empowers individuals to live lives of constructive purpose and accomplishment, enriched by the confidence and pleasure that come from thinking logically, imaginatively, and humanely. In light of this vision, we seek to create and maintain, in a residential setting, a supportive, intellectually stimulating community that exhibits and prizes curiosity, creativity, dissent, and diversity.

We believe in the fundamental worth of a broad exposure to intellectual and artistic achievement, to the best that has been thought and said about the world and our place in it. An Albion College education introduces students to classical modes of analysis, interpretation, and argument; to unfolding scientific inquiry into the nature of the physical world; to the ways in which contemporary debates derive from and extend a historical but continuing dialogue about enduring questions.

At Albion College we invite students to engage in ongoing conversations centered upon their cultural heritage, yet responsive to global concerns. We believe our students will find their own voices by paying attention to the finest expressions of Western and other intellectual and spiritual traditions. Far from inviting a passive acceptance of such traditions, we encourage students to question and challenge them, to evaluate ethically the social uses they serve and the ends they advocate. In our view, liberal education is an education in active citizenship and service.

Teaching and learning are central to our mission. This means that while the faculty are productive in scholarly and creative endeavors, their primary commitment is to teaching–specifically, to fostering the intellectual engagement and growth of students. The primary responsibility of students at Albion College is to develop mastery of the methods by which knowledge is acquired, critically evaluated, and appropriately applied. We believe such an emphasis prepares students for a lifetime of learning and a multiplicity of possible careers by developing their broad reasoning, writing, and speaking abilities. While the classroom is at the heart of our educational mission, we believe that the entire College community should share in the learning experiences found in our residential setting and through involvement in out-of-classroom opportunities and experiences, including those in the City of Albion.

In recruiting new members to the College community, we seek men and women of intellectual promise from various racial, class, ethnic and geographic backgrounds, whose perspectives can contribute to a process of mutual education within and outside the curriculum. This aim can best be achieved in an environment where individuals value differences and enter into constructive dialogue toward common goals. By pursuing our educational mission, we believe all members of the Albion community will grow in the capacity to work, live and serve effectively with others.


Since its founding in 1835, Albion College has grown and expanded its vision of a liberal arts education grounded in purpose, passion, and academic excellence.


  • Number of students: 1,506
  • Living on campus: 90%
  • Percentage of women/men: 52:48
  • First-generation: 26.5%
  • Out of state: 28.5%
  • International: 1.2%
  • Transfer: 6.4%


  • 23 Academic Departments
  • 78 Majors, 58 Minors
  • 5 Centers and Institutes
  • 12:1 Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 129 Full-time Faculty, 109 Tenured/Tenure-Track


  • 8,600 Population of Albion, Michigan
  • 574 Acres to call home, including the Whitehouse Nature Center and the Equestrian Center
  • 14 Residential Buildings
  • Two Sister Cities: Noisy-le-roi and Bailly, France


  • Purple and Gold Our colors
  • Brit, the Briton Our Mascot
  • 24 Varsity Teams
  • 19 Sports Clubs and Intramurals
  • 10+ Athletic Facilities and Centers

    Campus Features

    Explore everything our campus has to offer, from state-of-the-art laboratories to 140+ acres of trails, forest, and farmland.


    With almost 600 acres to explore, there’s something for everyone.

    Whitehouse Nature Center

    We call it the greenest classroom on campus, and it’s the only one with a river running through it. The Whitehouse Nature Center is 140 acres’ worth of outdoor education, and it comes complete with a visitors’ center that houses a classroom, wildlife observation room, and live exhibits of local reptiles and amphibians.

    The Ludington Center

    The Ludington Center, located in the heart of downtown Albion, is a collaborative community space for Albion College and the City of Albion. The Ludington Center is the home of the Albion College Institutes and the Career and Internship Center.

    The Held Equestrian Center

    The Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center spans 340 acres and is the only on-campus equestrian center at a private college in Michigan. Whether you’re a future cardiologist who wishes to ride a horse for the first time or a lifelong rider, you’ll find opportunities to ride and compete.

    The Dow Recreation and Wellness Center

    The Dow Recreation and Wellness Center brings together 18,000 square feet of educational, and recreational facilities. It includes the Ungrodt Tennis Center, the Dean Aquatic Center, and the newly expanded fitness and student activity Serra Fitness Center.

    Stockwell-Mudd Libraries

    Situated on the Academic Quad, the Stockwell-Mudd Libraries include Albin’s print and electronic collections along with a group, interactive, and private study spaces, the College archives, and special collections, and our Read Between the Grinds Cafe, and the Cutler Center for Student Success.

    By the Numbers

    574 Acres

    To explore, including the Whitehouse Nature Center and the Equestrian Center

    18,000 Square Feet

    Of fitness and community space at the Dow Recreation and Wellness Center

    14 Residential Buildings

    Where you can build your home and find your community

      Scholarships and Funding


      U.S News Rankings

      • #29 Most Innovative Schools
      • #56 First-Year Experiences
      • #75 Top Performers on Social Mobility

      • #1 Michigan Liberal Arts Colleges
      • #38 Best Small Colleges Nationally

      Washington Monthly

      • #2 Michigan Liberal Arts Colleges
      • #24 Midwest Liberal Arts Colleges
      • Top Quintile “Best Bang for the Buck”

      Other Publications

      • Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges — The Wall Street Journal
      • Top 10 Liberal Arts College on the Rise — College Gazette
      • Featured in Best 386 Colleges by The Princeton Review
      • Featured in The Fiske Guide to Colleges

      Student Testimonials


      • Albion

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