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Albion College has a pioneering heritage, originally serving the educational needs of settlers' children and indigenous residents alike. Albion also is one of the earliest Midwest schools to introduce coeducation.
Thanks to the efforts of Methodists who were early settlers of Michigan Territory, the College was awarded a charter by the Michigan Territorial Legislature in 1835. Early attempts at coeducation were made in 1850 when the legislature approved the founding of the "Albion Female Collegiate Institute." This school for women was controlled by the Wesleyan Seminary corporation until 1857 when the two schools merged under the name of "The Wesleyan Seminary and Female College at Albion."
On February 25, 1861, Albion was fully authorized by the State legislature to confer a full four-year college degree upon both men and women.
From the time the cornerstone was laid for the first permanent building in 1840 until today, Albion College has remained on the same site, the original part of which is now affectionately called "the Quad." In 1861 there were only two classroom buildings. By 1901, Albion had added a chapel, an observatory, a gymnasium, the chemistry building and a library.
Today Albion stands on 225 acres with more than 30 major buildings. Emphasis on excellence in liberal arts education became the Albion College hallmark through the years, and in 1940 Albion was the first private college in Michigan to be awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Today the College remains true to its liberal arts commitment, recognizing that a liberal arts education is still the best preparation for making a good living and for living well.
From the late 1990s into the 21st century, Albion College has distinguished itself as an innovative leader in using technology as a teaching and learning tool. The College hosted one of the nation's first "Internet Open Houses," attracting visitors from across the globe to this unique Admissions event. The College was further named two years in a row to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine's "Top 10 Wired Colleges in America.
Last but not least, Albion College has been recognized by national media for these other notable features;
For the third consecutive year (2005), Albion is ranked in the top 20 of all colleges and universities in the percentage of alumni who donate to their almae mater.
Albion was named for a record third straight year (2005) as one of 40 “Great Colleges at Great Prices” across the United States in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”
Albion is ranked among the top 10 for colleges with “More to Do on Campus” by the Princeton Review (2005). We are proud to have our bed and breakfast inn near Albion College in Michigan. Please stay with us when you need lodging and comfortable accommodations, a great alternative to a generic hotel!