Local Atmosphere

Location
Albion, MI
Undergrads
1,353
Tuition
$34,194
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The town is cute, but there isn't much to do.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Albion is run-down town that has little going for it except for a couple restaurants and the college.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Albion is tiny town with a few restaurants. The locals aren't huge fans of college kids, but be nice to them and you'll have no problems. You can always go into Jackson, about 20 minutes away, for tons of food options and shopping.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The town is small, but is integrated into the college. For this reason, we have wonderful places to just be casual at, whether it's the Subway or other restaurants, the nature center or park, or the gym and pool center. It really makes it feel like I'm living in a town, and not always my dorm. It's also cool because students can actually live in apartments right next to people from town, making it a more realistic living condition, even if you are in the dorms.

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.

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Jill Hindenach
Hometown
Washington, DC
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The main deterrent to prospective students may be the size and state of the town of Albion. There's not much to look at as the downtown area is pretty much limited to one street. Jackson, Marshall, and Battle Creek are more popular places to go. Perhaps it says something about the local atmosphere when students will drive a half-hour away to find something interesting to do.

However, once you've been at Albion for a while, you will start to see its charm. The town itself has a lot of surprising history behind it and a lot of interesting characters within it. It can be a little creepy at night, but so are most cities. Also, there's no doubt that a lot of good friendships are made through the common boredom of living in Albion. Sometimes making your own fun is a lot more memorable than living in a big city.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The first known observance of Mother's Day in the United States occurred in Albion on May 13, 1877.
  2. The major break in Old U.S. Route 12 is in the middle of Michigan, halfway between the village of Parma and the city of Albion.
  3. Albion was a perfect site between Detroit and Chicago for Prohibition bootleggers, the Purple Gang, to meet in the 1920s and 1930s. Members of the mob would meet in places like the balcony of the Bohm Theatre, the Parker Inn, and at the Streetcar Tavern west of town.
  4. The Albion Female Collegiate Institute was founded in 1850 by the Wesleyan Seminary Corporation. The two schools merged in 1857 as the Wesleyan Seminary and Female College at Albion. On February 25, 1861, both schools were completely merged under the name Albion College when the school was fully authorized by state legislature to confer a full four-year college degree upon both men and women.
  5. Albion was named an All-America City in 1973 by the National Civic League.
Notable Natives
  • Anna Howard Shaw – president of the National American Woman's Suffrage Association, attended Albion College from 1873 to 1875.
  • Sojourner Truth – black abolitionist and feminist, lived in Battle Creek, but often made visits to the city of Albion and was well-known to the residents there.
Points of Interest
  • Festival of the Forks
  • Riverside Cemetery
Shopping Centers
Westwood Mall (Jackson)
Movie Theaters
Bohm Theatre
201 S. Superior St.
Albion
(517) 629-8027
Movie Theaters
Carmike Plaza Cinemas 8
1700 N. Wisner St.
Jackson
(517) 784-5514
Movie Theaters
Jackson 10
1501 N. Wisner St.
Jackson
(517) 782-8463
Major Sports Teams
  • Detroit Lions: NFL
  • Detroit Pistons: NBA
  • Detroit Red Wings: NHL
  • Detroit Tigers: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Chicago: : 3 hours
  • Detroit: : 1 hour, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 14 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 15 responses

  • 33% Painfully remote.
  • 13% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 47% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 7% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 15 responses

  • 73% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 13% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 13% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 14 responses

  • 79% No way.
  • 21% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 0% Totally.

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