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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Albion is quite open to all types of people and makes everyone feel welcome. It may not be the most diverse campus in the nation but it is definitely accepting of everybody.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There isn't a ton of diversity because the college itself is mostly available to those of the upper middle class and above.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus started an initiative to ensure that diversity is accepted and no one is negative toward those who are a member of a minority on campus.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are no people of color on campus with the exception of a few african americans including my self.

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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Jill Hindenach
Hometown
Washington, DC
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It's obvious from walking around campus that Albion is not very diverse. You'll see mostly upper-class white kids from the suburbs, though there are exceptions. The College is trying hard, but it often seems like Albion College students are not. Most students don't come from diverse places, and they can be a little closed-minded when it comes to things they aren't used to. There have unfortunately been a number of racist and homophobic incidents that have occurred on campus. While the College is doing what it can to punish and discourage such acts, its approach can often be underwhelming.

Luckily, there are a lot of student organizations that are taking bigger strides toward diversifying the campus. LGBRITS hosts Coming Out Week every fall, and the Black Student Alliance tries to educate others during Black History Month. The same goes for Albion College Hillel and the Asian Awareness Group. Protests are not uncommon on campus, as the College is fairly politically charged. The College Republicans and Democrats always seem to be at war.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
3%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
80%
Unknown
4%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
11%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 4%
18-19: 46%
20-21: 45%
22-24: 5%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
44%
Male Faculty
56%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 84%
Unknown: 5%
Gay Pride
The administration is fairly tolerant of its gay population; however, Albion students can be a different story. There have been acts of discrimination in the past, but the administration and LGBRITS, Albion's gay and gay-alliance group, are working toward a more accepting and tolerant environment.
Political Activity
There are many political groups on campus. Some political clubs include: College Democrats, College Republicans, and Peace Action.
Economic Status
Most Albion students come from wealthy backgrounds; however, Albion offers scholarships and financial aid, making it possible for a variety of students from different backgrounds to attend the College.
Most Common Religions
There are many different religions on campus, but the main one is Christianity. Christian groups include: Campus Crusade for Christ, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and Catholic Connections. Other religious groups on campus with high profiles are Albion College Hillel and the Muslim Student Association.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Albion College has a great governing organization called Umbrella, under which all of the diversity and minority clubs fall. They share the Umbrella House as a place of meeting, and members show great support for one another by attending each other's events and speakers. Umbrella clubs include: Secular Humanist Group, Power (women's rights group), Black Student Alliance, Asian Awareness Group, and International Student Union.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 10 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 40% Liberal
  • 10% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 30% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 11% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 11% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 44% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 11 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 11 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 11 responses

  • 55% Very accepting.
  • 36% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 9% It's hard to be a minority here.
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