Albion College originally met the educational needs of the children of Native Americans and settlers in the area. In 1835, the College was awarded a charter by the Michigan Territorial Legislature, thanks to the efforts of Methodists who were early settlers in the Michigan Territory.
Always on the leading edge, Albion became one of the first schools in the Midwest to introduce coeducation.
Albion College is committed to liberal education in the arts and sciences. We believe such an education empowers individuals to live lives of constructive purpose and accomplishment, enriched by the confidence and pleasure that come from thinking logically, imaginatively and humanely. In light of this vision we seek to create and maintain, in a residential setting, a supportive, intellectually stimulating community which exhibits and prizes curiosity, creativity, dissent and diversity.
Research at Albion College is supported through department instrumentation including a 400 MHz NMR, multiple automated Agilent GC/MS's, UV/Vis Spectrometers and more. The Dow Analytical Lab brings together into one place instrumentation that is used across disciplines.
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Albion is a residential college and expects all of its students to live and board within the College residence system. As such, residential life provides opportunities for students to integrate the academic mission of the College with the out-of-class experience. The Office of Residential Life offers numerous programs and activities to meet students’ educational and social needs.
Albion College's Stockwell-Mudd Library is staffed by a group of service-oriented librarians The holdings include approximately 550,000 books and non-print items, over 2,000 electronic and print journal subscriptions, and full text articles from more than 20,000 journals through the library's many online databases.
Information Technology staff is divided into three areas: Information Services, Instructional Technology & Media Services and Systems & Networking and User Services (helpdesk).
Student Health Services (SHS) is open Monday through Friday and is staffed by registered nurses. In addition, the College physician and/or a physician assistant are available for scheduled appointments on a part-time basis. Students needing care after hours may visit the SHS Web site and use the online self-care guide or list of area walk-in clinics, or call a telephone support service.
In recent years, Albion’s main campus has expanded so that it now includes more than 30 major buildings. The College is located in the city of Albion, a community of 9,000 founded in the 1830s along the banks of the scenic Kalamazoo River. The city is located 90 miles west of Detroit and 175 miles east of Chicago on Interstate 94.
Albion is the home of over 100 student organizations, so there are many opportunities to get involved. These groups produce an amazing array of things to see and do throughout the school year ranging from small gatherings to all-campus activities, keynote lecturers to musical performances, and sports and recreation events to political rallies.
I appreciated the small class sizes and interpersonal relationships with my professors.
Albion is known for their excellent professors and they rarely fall short of expectations. Athletics are excellent. Greek life is working hard to be more diverse and accepting, and we've made a lot more progress in my 4 years. Resident Halls, houses, and apartments could use some repair of a facelift.
I love the university, I think it has given me all the growth that a small school can give. I would like the school to pay more attention to students of color, and supporting their journey, seeing that we are the minority, but other than that, I love the class sizes and the drive that some professors provide.
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