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Academics

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are amazing! Always willing to help, regardless of the matter. Don't expect classes to be canceled though, most live five minutes from campus.

College Freshman

Academics: I'm a freshman, so I have yet to experience the full workload of my major.

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.

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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
64
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: 4%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 5%
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science: 2%
  • Psychology: 6%
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
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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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