Albion, MI
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Reviews 389 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Not the Greatest – I avoid using the computers at Albion College in favor of my personal computer and printer. Wireless access is sketchy at times, and the on-campus computers are not always reliable.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Excellent Chemistry Faculty – The chemistry faculty is supportive and knowledgeable at Albion College. The curriculum is challenging, but well worth the effort. Professors are willing to help find internship and research opportunities.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The Science Center at Albion College is a huge benefit to anyone interested in working in any scientific field. The equipment is top of the line and the teachers are great. The science center is open 24 hours a day so it is a great place for late night study sessions.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: All's Well. The college is really great with keeping everyone safe. They understand that there's underage drinking, but they want to make sure you're safe rather than making sure you're in trouble. Campus Safety is great, rides with no questions asked. Drug use, however, is a lot more strict. I've had some friends not be able to return their next semester because they were caught. Still, the college will often let them back after a semester off. :)

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Some, Could Have More. I hail from a very diverse area in metro Detroit so coming to Albion, it was a little bit of a culture shock. There's a variety of people, yes, but there's not a ton of ethnic diversity. Most are very open to differences in cultures, I just wish there were more.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Oldies but Goodies. The older dorms are, well, old. It's pretty typical dorm life, but I loved living in the dorms my first year. All the freshmen live together in Wesley, and it's a great way of getting to know everyone really quickly. There are nicer dorms after your first year and the Campus Houses are generally cheaper and a lot nicer. I don't mind living on campus at all.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: You cannot replicate the Albion community. I found the most amazing group of friends and an incredible support system. The professors love their subjects and have a passion for teaching. It truly is the people that make this place so amazing. I wouldn't trade my Albion experience for anything.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Typical Mid-Westerners – Most people are friendly, polite, and dress casually. Most are from a middle class to upper middle class background and are from larger Michigan cities or suburbs. At such a small school, it will feel like you know every person. This isn't true. With every new class, you will have the opportunity to meet new people. After four years at Albion, I genuinely like almost everyone I've met.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Lacks Variety, but Is Cheap and Fun – Although Albion lacks variety, there are some solid options. As far as night life, you will never find cheaper drink prices. Though you won't have a lot options, there is nothing like going to a bar and knowing everyone there.

3 College Senior

Weather: Michigan weather isn't very fun. However, with such a small campus, you never have to face long treacherous walks around campus. When it starts to warm up in the spring, you'll see everyone outside.

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5 College Senior

Greek Life: Sororities and Fraternities provide a lot of activities, parties, and social events on campus. About 40% of students participate in Greek Life. Because so many students are involved in it, greek life at Albion College is nothing like you've seen in movies and television shows. Greek life brings philanthropy events and community service opportunities to campus on top of numerous social activities. Greek or not, everyone is welcome at the fraternity parties each weekend. If you are not interested in greek life, there are plenty of other ways to get involved on campus.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Most students recieve a large scholarship from the college of at least $10,000 upon admission. On top of that, many students recieve other forms of financial aid. The financial aid office is great. Extremely helpful.

4 College Senior

Parking: There is plenty of parking at a reasonable price. The campus is small enough that anywhere you park is relatively close.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Anywhere you want to go within Albion is in walking distance. You can go four years without a car. For grocery shopping and traveling to surrounding cities, you'll want a friend with a car. Albion has a train station in downtown that travels from Detroit to Chicago, which I used more than a few times to and from my house in metro-Detroit and for weekend trips to Chicago.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Baldwin Dining Hall – Underclassmen complain about the dining halls all the time, but the food and the selection get better every year. After living off board for a year, I started to miss the convenience and variety of Baldwin. It's not that bad. For those who truly can't stand it, every student has access to a kitchen where they can make their food themselves. Fraternities have their own cooks.

4 College Senior

Academics: Great Professors, Great Campus – The professors here are wonderful and more than willing to help. You need to ask for help but once you do they are more than happy to help in any way that they can. Also the new updates to the library and football field and track are top notch!

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3 College Junior

Facilities: Great Academics and Parties, Very Tough Though – The college is one of the best colleges academically in every category in this country. Everyone gets drunk all the time, but be careful. There are a lot of really shady and vengeful people who will turn on you in a second. Also the college is very greek and clicky like a high school. Everyone knows everyone and everything about each other. Truly this college will try to suck as much money out of you as it can. Since I have been here, the cost has increased 1-2k each year and I dont expect it to change. Also the college administration and board of trustees are a bunch of idiots that dont care about the students. They try to make our college lifes as s****y as possible.

1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Punishments Are Expensive – Each drinking violation is $700, parking tickets are $40, kicked out for weed, dont forget that you are already paying 40k a year to go here.

1 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Middle of No Where – There is nothing around for 20 miles except a small grocery store, 2 pizza places, a mexican joint, and 2 liquor stores. the townies hate the college students and the college students fear the townies. theres not even a movie theater here.

College Freshman

Facilities: Albion College has a very beautiful campus. There is the Dow Center where all of the sports fields, workout rooms, the pool, and the track. The library is huge and is filled with lots of helpful books. There are tons of activities and groups that you can be a part of and take part in. The campus even has a nature center where you can take walks. Overall it is a great campus.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The frats are full of alcohol, especially when people are rushing. Drug-use, marijuana or heavier drugs, I think typically occurs off-campus if it happens. Peer pressure can get bad because the party scene is pretty big, even if the parties aren't that great. Policy enforcement is average.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Albion, to me, feels strangely cliquey. I feel like people latch onto others either in their program, or in fraternities/sororities, and don't really break out of that. Most students dress casually-- there are a few stand-out characters.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The campus is beautiful and one of the things that drew a lot of people here. The dorms are in decent condition and of a decent size-- the biggest problem is lack of cellphone reception and occasional problems with internet connection.

I personally think the cost of living here is too high, for what you get.

4 College Senior

Weather: One minute it's sunny, the next minute it's snowing. Typical Michigan weather.

4 College Senior

Academics: Liberal Arts at Work – Albion is well known for it's academics, and I would say that the rumors are true. Sure, there are some easy classes. but most of the classes are rigorous and the professors really expect great things from their student. All of the professors are incredibly approachable and are always willing to lend a hand. Albion offers great opportunities for the students whether it be extra-curricular organizations or studying abroad. There is a lot to do off campus, although there is nothing to do off-campus unless you take a 15+ drive. All in all, it's a great school and my experiences there have been nothing short of amazing.


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Jill Hindenach
Washington, DC
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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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