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Albion, MI
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$34,194
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few places to eat off-campus in Albion. There are two Subways, a Bigby, a bar called Charlie's, a Mexican restaurant called La Casa, two Italian restaurants called Cascarelli's and Gina's, a McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Hungry Howie's, a KFC , an Arby's and a good breakfast place called Full Moon. The cool thing is that many of these places take Briton Bucks which is money that can be put on your Albion1Card.

If you want something else there is the town of Marshall 10 minutes to the West and the town of Jackson 15 minutes to the East.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife from Wednesday to Saturday night is very popular at Albion. Unless there is a party at an off-campus house or the Annex, the parties are always at the frats. Every weekend there is something going on. I feel whether you drink or not, you always have fun.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in Wesley Hall was the best because you live with your graduating class for a whole year, creating great friendships. You can always walk into the first floor lounge and talk to people you know. During the first few weeks many people keep their door open so you can get to know each other. There was never a time I walked down a hall and didn't say hey to someone. You get to know basically all the freshman. Every month you participate in hall/floor events to get to know each other. As for upperclassmen housing, as you grow older there are more places you can live. All the housing is within minutes of classes.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The Professors are awesome, always working to help you do the best you can. If you put in the time, so will they. The classes are small around 10-25 usually.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Being international myself, I feel Albion is very diverse. There are quite a few different countries represented at Albion and there are groups and organizations for every ethnicity and religion. These groups and organizations are not only for people in these groups, but also for anyone who wants to learn more about the culture or religion. The cultural groups host events every month.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The people you meet at Albion are great. Although it is a small school, if you go out and get involved you will find people with similar interests.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: If you are on board there is one place to go where you can eat unlimited food everyday- Baldwin Dining Hall. I'm not picky when it comes to eating and I'm open to trying new things so I found something to eat everyday. There is a salad and sandwich bar, dessert bar, global food bar, cereal bar, comfort food bar and the daily specials bar. If there is something you'd like the chefs will make it for you. There is even a vegan, vegetarian bar. The food is pretty healthy. Baldwin is open from 7 am to 8 pm. Currently over this summer, Baldwin hall is being completely renovated with the most modern looking styles. If you are looking for more of a burger, fries kind of place go to the Eat Shop (2nd level KC). This is not included on our board plan, but the prices are reasonable and you are given &25 Briton Bucks a semester to use at either the Eat Shop or Between the Grinds the coffee shop in the library. The Eat Shop is open until midnight and MTG is open until 11pm.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Being an athlete myself, I would say Sprankel-Sprandle Stadium is the nicest in the MIAA. On top of that there are 3 full soccer fields, a full eight lane track,a baseball diamond and softball diamond. There is an indoor tennis centre and I believe four outdoor tennis courts. The Dow has a four lane track and three divisible multi-sport courts. The Dow also has two squash courts, a medium sized weight room, pool and the cardio fishbowl. The fishbowl has many treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and steppers. Being on the K-Zoo river Albion has kayaks and canoes available to students. Albion is also nationally known for their equestrian program. There is a full stable and riding centre just a mile north of the school. Albion is also privileged with a great Athletic Training program and centre where you can go in for PT or injuries. When it comes to school spirit I would say there is a great portion of the student body who will go to the sports games. If you are not into intercollegiate sports, there are also IM sports that run throughout the year ranging from flag football to wally-ball. Many of the intercollegiate sport teams are rebuilding, headed with great coaches. GO BRITS!

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4 College Freshman

Computers: There are many computers in the library, there is always one available. However, majority of students have their own computer. There are computer labs in many of the dorms, as well as computer labs around campus. The school computers are never down, but there are the occasional times when the wifi will be knocked out on devices or laptops. I wouldn't say the speed is too slow. As for printing, every semester of attendance Albion gives you, I believe, $15 of printing credits which is more than enough. I have never heard of anyone needed to add money to their printing credit account. It costs 5 cents to print and the printers will print double sided and in colour as well. As for a printer, they are not needed at Albion. There are enough computer labs that having your own printer is a waste.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: You are told what lot you are allowed to park in when you get your permit sticker. It is the closest lot to your dorm. The cost isn't too bad. As a freshman, parking is not the greatest because the parking lot beside Wesley Hall (the freshman dorm) fills up quickly. There is the church parking lot which you are also allowed to park in as a freshman but that is just around the block - not far at all. Once you aren't a freshman there are no problems. Don't try to be sneaky when parking. Campus safety will ticket you if you don't park in the correct lot.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I would say Albion is a pretty safe place. Yes, there are the occasional situations, but they are always taken care of by campus safety. Campus safety is also willing to drive you anywhere around campus from dusk to dawn.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I rushed this past semester and it was truly the greatest decision. You meet so many new people and friends. Best way to get involved around campus!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorm at Albion College is great, everyone is in the same building so it's extremely convenient, the upperclassman dorms are nice too, a bit retro but always clean and comfortable.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The diversity of people on campus is great, not entirely in ethnicity, but in mindsets and personalities. You can meet people who came some small town and are complete rednecks, to others who are city smart people and have traveled greatly. The intellect on campus also varies, from people who received full scholarships for their grades to people who are paying ever, last, cent. Some people have even turned down the Ivy Legues such as Harvad or Dartmouth. You can really meet anyone.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The best thing on campus is to go Greek. Really nothing else to do.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Amazing to be on campus in the warm weather, and not bad in the cold weather.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Decent scholarship amounts depending on your circumstances. Could always be better

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Food is really hit or miss in Baldwin. Also, I lost weight in my freshman year on that food.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: My school doesn't offer off campus housing unless you live within 30 miles of the school or if you have a medical reason.

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The surrounding town of Albion is crime filled. At night I wouldn't suggest walking alone, even on campus. The town’s people come onto campus and attended the frat parties. This causes issues in the frats because the town’s people smoke illegal drugs within the frats. Honestly, it is scary to walk campus by yourself at night. We do have campus safety, but that is not enough to ensure safety for all of the students. Not only is the town scary in order to shop you having to take the 20 minute drive out to Jackson Michigan.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Albion College is well known for their high expectations. This liberal arts college is hard and pushes their students to help them achieve higher goals. I enjoy my college a lot. A biology major’s requirement, which are expected to be filled, are challenging. It is not an easy program, but its not met to be easy. It is to discover the best and who will work to be the best. My workload is ridiculous; either you are doing online homework or studying your butt off for a test. The grad schools look at Albion college and expect great things from the perspective students. The amount of acceptance from graduate schools is one of the main reasons I decided to attend Albion College.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The facility is nice, plenty of seating and very clean. However, food can often be bland and monotonous.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Academics are great. Dorms are really well kept and up to date. The dining facility is very clean, however, food can get monotonous.

1 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Good school if you like the frat life. I came to albion as an older transfer student and found most of my peers immature and unrelatable. They like to drink and have no consept of their limits. Few have an open mind, and those who do are hesitant to let their peers know they think different.

1 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Nothing to do in town, it is filled with vacant store fronts and crack heads.
Can make for some interesting people watching.
There are a few skilled artists in albion and music in the park in the summer, but that is the only upside.

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Jill Hindenach
Hometown
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Overall, Albion College is great for a number of reasons. The small campus makes it easy to make friends immediately and meet new people. While living in Albion can be boring at times, making the most of it is sometimes what will leave you with the most memories. There is a sense of community on Albion's campus that is hard to duplicate anywhere else. This isn't to say that everyone gets along, but there is a certain bond between all Albion students.

Albion's liberal arts education is something that also seems to be unique to the College. The professors are approachable, and their excitement for their courses is infectious. Even when you're taking a class that is not related to your major, you appreciate what you learn and are proud of what you've learned in looking back. Beneath the exterior sometimes, Albion is just a down-home friendly kind of place, and a lot of students seek comfort in that and learn to love where they are.

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