Albion Raises the Bar

Albion College is fighting its way to the top of some of the most impressive college lists of America and the world.

The National Liberal Arts Colleges ranked Albion as the 100th top liberal arts private school, but don’t let that number discourage you. The list consists of over 200 liberal arts schools all over the world. So while 100 may not seem that high, it’s pretty good for a small Michigan town with 1,382 students. Albion is more than a top statewide or even regional-wide college, but a top 100 international liberal arts college.

But the ranking doesn’t stop there. Albion College was ranked as the third overall best college out of 40 other colleges in Michigan by USA Today. USA Today also ranked Albion 262 of 1393 nationwide overall best college and 37 of 225 region wide.

This September, U.S. News and World Report studied that college rankings interlinked with the time high school seniors start thinking about attending colleges. What U.S. News and World Report found was that Albion was among the country’s top 100 national liberal arts colleges in The Fiske Guide to Colleges and Forbes’ Top Colleges and The Princeton Review’s Best 380 Colleges.

Albion College was also ranked as Liberal Arts Colleges’ 16th top school in the nation for overall student satisfaction and as number eight for accessible and approachable professors.

Other notable recognition for Albion includes Washington Monthly‘s top 100 Best Bang for the Buck among the midwest colleges. President Mauri Ditzler commented on how this affects the admission process for prospective students.

“Families as well as colleges often look at rankings with some skepticism, and that’s good as they’re just one of many things that factor into a high school student’s college search,” said Ditzler. “But several components of U.S. News and other rankings—contact with professors, retention, graduation rates—they represent what Albion is all about and are important to highlight. Those attributes show that an Albion education is satisfying and rewarding and puts our graduates on a successful career path.”

Be proud of your undergraduate institution, Brits. Not only has Albion grown in the past 180 years to be a school students know and love, but it has grown to be one of the best schools in the nation.

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About Rebecca Barry 10 Articles
Rebecca Barry is a sophomore studying business and communications. Along with writing for the Pleiad she is the campus chair of Global Brigades, coordinator of the Distinguished Scholar Program, an Academic Success Coach, a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity, Gerstacker and Honors. She looks forward to doing nonprofit work when she graduates in 2018. In the mean time, it's safe to say she bleeds purple and gold!

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