Our second stop on the Pennsylvania Liberal Arts College Tour for College Counseling Professionals was Albright College in Reading, PA. Albright rolled out the red carpet (literally), and mascot Lex the Lion was there to welcome us to a campus reception in Roessner Hall: an impressive, new $60-million Business and Leadership Center.
The small liberal arts college is home to 1,800 undergraduate students and has an interdisciplinary focus. Nearly sixty-percent of students double major or have an interdisciplinary major. Two standout areas of study are business and the arts. The business program offers three majors: business administration, economics and accounting. Experiential learning is encouraged and facilitated through mentor days (when students shadow local business professionals), “class trips” to local manufacturing plants, and internships. The performing and visual arts are strong. Fashion design, music industry, theater and music performance are popular majors.
A student panel of five candidly spoke about their unique Albright experiences. Interestingly, the majority of students on the panel were engaged in the arts. One student spoke about her involvement in Alternate Spring Break, where she took part in an art therapy service program. Another student told us about his great experience with the improv team. Students need not major in theater or music to be cast in the on-campus theatrical productions or participate in musical ensembles.
Our tour guide was from Pennsylvania and is double majoring in English and theater. She told us that the majority of students hail from Pennsylvania, and nearly twenty-percent come from New York, New Jersey and Maryland. Students we met were friendly, laid back, and some had artsy flair. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. There are three freshmen dorms; upperclassmen live in nearby apartments. Many Albright students participate in Div. III, intramural and club sports. Basketball is the big spectator sport here. Traditions are important at Albright. Birthday celebrations would be incomplete without a “dip” in Sylvan Pond. Tradition dictates for students to be ceremonially tossed into the pond by friends on their birthdays.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Admissions is rolling, and reporting ACT/SAT scores are optional for students who interview. Within three weeks of receiving a completed application, admissions personally phones the student with their decision. A five-week summer, residential start program is available to incoming freshmen who might benefit from a review of college prep skills. Submitting ACT/SAT scores is not required to be eligible for merit aid. Albright meets full demonstrated need.
Unique to Albright
The Albright Collaborative Research Experience (ACRE) is designed to pair students with faculty or alumni to complete a research or creative project in their areas of interest.
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