Academics

Location
Albion, MI
Undergrads
1,353
Tuition
$34,194
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Freshman

Academics: The variety of classes and the professors that teach classes are all phenomenal. We have an average workload and the small class sizes make it easy to receive help when it is needed.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are always more than willing to help students when they need it. There are always study table happening for the math courses and the English department has a writing center that students can use for free to get help with their papers.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Great Professors, but Some Departments Slighted – Albion College has great professors in every department. The Psychology department is really great and every prof is willing to help you outside of class, with graduate school, and finding a job. They take a real interest in what you are doing. The History department also has great professors but it is smaller and there is only one professor for Hispanic history and one professor for Asian history. They also take an interest in the students and what they are doing with their life. The Anthropology department leaves much to be desired because there are only two professors, the rest are for Sociology. Curriculum wise, if you are in the social sciences, expect a lot of reading and several papers in every class. At the high levels of History and Anthropology, research papers take the place of exams. It isn't unheard of to have 10 books for one class alone, all of which you will read.

5 College Junior

Academics: Being a major at my school is fun!!! We have a wide range of people who have no clue what they want to do to people who know exactly what they want to do. Why would this be good? Because it offers different perspective. If someone doesn't know what they want to do, their brain is probably used on other things more often, which means more is brought to the table. Also, I can't name a class where there wasn't a comm major in it. It's like we try to dabble in everything. Honestly, we are the Liberal Arts in the Liberal Arts College. We may not be the best at everything, but we sure know how to learn a bit of everything.

5 College Junior

Academics: I came to Albion just deciding to not pursue the double major I was going to and instead go in undecided. It's liberal arts program has introduced me to some very interesting topics. Even though all the modes and categories seem tough, I have finished them all within my first 2 years and only have parts of my major to go. Although I don't know what I want to do as a job yet, I feel safe that Albion will help me figure it out. Some of the classes outside my major have given my knowledge and critical thinking skills that just make me a smarter person, and have led me in the right directions, such as my major, and trying new interests. On top of that, I must say that almost every single professor has know me so well that we have conversations regularly outside of class, and I feel quite comfortable working hard while feeling a little more at ease to be informal. The work is difficult, but the social aspect is fun, which makes the times at Albion fly while being worthwhile.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 26th
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 710th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 725th
    Smartest Professors
  • 802nd
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 806th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jill Hindenach
Hometown
Washington, DC
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Academics at Albion are a large part of why the retention rate is so high. Though it may seem frustrating at times to have to take classes outside of your major to complete the liberal arts education, you'll appreciate it looking back. Sometimes, even if you really don't like the subject of a class you're taking, the professor can make you care and want to do well. Of course, sometimes the opposite happens, but professors at Albion are often the best part. On a small campus and with such small class sizes, it is easy to get to know the faculty on a personal level. Most of them are incredibly approachable and will often go to extremes to make sure you're getting the best out of your education at Albion.

Another great part about Albion academics is your adviser. Advisers at Albion are all professors and typically aid students who are majoring in their department. If you are given an adviser you don't like, Albion makes it easy for you to switch. It's all about making sure you're comfortable with the important decisions you're making and the education you're gaining while at the College.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
105
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
38
Total FT Faculty
105
Faculty with Terminal Degree
91%
Average Faculty Salary
$60,284
Full-Time Retention Rate
73%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
72%
Programs/Majors Offered
66
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 71%
  • 20 to 49 students: 29%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 6%
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 4%
  • Psychology: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Humanities
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social sciences
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • The coffeehouse
  • Ferguson Lab
  • Honors Institute
  • The library
  • The Science Complex
  • Various floors of the Kellogg Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Check your email constantly.
  • Don't fall behind.
  • Go to class.
  • Have a good relationship with your adviser.
  • Take advantage of the library and computer labs.
Did You Know?
  • Albion College has hosted such prominent speakers as: Sam Donaldson, James Earl Jones, Salman Rushdie, Gloria Steinem, and Kurt Vonnegut.
  • The Science Center was awarded a Silver Certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System of the U.S. Green Building Council. It is Michigan's first large-scale science project to receive a silver or higher LEED rating.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 10 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 8 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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