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Albion – the oldest known name of the island of Great Britain, and the name of the first college in the state of Michigan to receive a chapter of Phi beta Kappa. Today Albion College athletic teams remains the Fighting Britons, and the college trots out the British Eighth, a red-coated marching band reminiscent of the Guards at Buckingham Palace at each home football game. But for all the banners and pennants, red coats and brass, Albion College is a thoroughly Midwestern small college community of about fifteen hundred students – close-knit, industrious, and kind.
The town of Albion is in the same county as Kellogg’s Battle Creek and just off the interstate that links Chicago and Kalamazoo to Ann Arbor and Detroit. For many years, Albion was particularly well know for the strength of its pre-professional programs; the college sent numbers of graduates on to become lawyers, doctors, and dentists in southern Michigan. Today, the college continues to prepare its students exceptionally well for professional and graduate programs, but is also increasingly known for the strength of programs in the liberal arts, for innovative programs in student wellness and health, and for a distinctive group of Institutes and Centers designed to propel Albion’s graduates into success after college.
The obligation to build a bridge to post-collegiate opportunities is often assumed but rarely made explicit; Albion puts that determination at the top of priorities with what they call The Albion Advantage Pledge:
Our pledge for your future.
Albion will help you realize your professional goals, offering thoughtful guidance and support from the moment you arrive on campus until you begin your life’s work.
With that in mind, the college has designed a four-year sequence that includes specific preparatory guidance. A thoughtful introduction to the academic and social demands of college life begins with what Albion calls The First Year Experience. The academic component includes a first year seminar (How Women Changed the World, Through the Looking Glass- Film and Video as Art, “Hooking Up”- the Evolution of Sexuality and Dating) and a common read. A recent Common Reading Experience selection was: “A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka” by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri. In addition to on-going orientation throughout the first semester, the social component includes residential programs that reinforce good learning strategies and convocations that are connected with the year’s common read
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