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The origin of Albion College lies not in the city of Albion, but about 10 miles (16 km) southeast of the present location of the college. On March 23, 1835, Methodist Episcopal settlers in Spring Arbor Township obtained a charter for the Spring Arbor Seminary from the Michigan Territorial Legislature. Foundations for a building were begun in 1837 at a location about 3 miles (4.8 km) southwest of the current village of Spring Arbor but were soon abandoned due to the economic turmoil caused by the Panic of 1837. No classes were ever held at the Spring Arbor location. The trustees applied to move the seminary to Albion in 1838, and the legislature approved the move in 1839.

With 60 acres (243,000 m²) of land donated by Albion pioneer Jesse Crowell, the cornerstone was laid for the first building in 1841. The seminary, now named the Wesleyan Seminary, first held classes in 1843, in the local Methodist Church. In 1844, classes began in the newly constructed Central Building, which was rebuilt as the present Robinson Hall in 1907.

The Albion Female Collegiate Institute was founded in 1850 by the Wesleyan Seminary Corporation. The two schools merged in 1857 under the name The Wesleyan Seminary and Female College at Albion.

On February 25, 1861, both schools were completely merged under the name Albion College when the school was fully authorized by the State legislature to confer a full four-year college degree upon both men and women.


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Friday January 24th, 2020 - 2:56 pm

Albion College Music Department

Spring Semester means preparing for Senior Recitals! Today, Soprano, Pem and accompanist Nick were practicing for her senior recital later this semester! We are very excited to hear the final performance! ... See MoreSee Less

Friday January 24th, 2020 - 11:18 am

Albion College Art and Art History Department

Printmaking Friday! Here you can see current student Eli Ditri's technical printing work. left to right: first, second, and final stage proofs with edits to the block visible and the actual block on the far right. Technical drills like this one are one-week projects to get students used to the tools. Happy Carving! - E ... See MoreSee Less

Printmaking Friday! Here you can see current student Eli Ditris technical printing work. left to right: first, second, and final stage proofs with edits to the block visible and the actual block on the far right. Technical drills like this one are one-week projects to get students used to the tools. Happy Carving! - E

Thursday January 23rd, 2020 - 8:59 pm

Albion College Athletics

ICYMI | Miss Albion Women's Basketball already? Relive their latest victory over Calvin from Wednesday night

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Wednesday January 22nd, 2020 - 2:20 pm

Albion College History Department

Please join us next Tuesday evening for the 2020 MLK Convocation and Community Celebration, featuring the Honorable Dannia L. Edwards ('83). ... See MoreSee Less

Please join us next Tuesday evening for the 2020 MLK Convocation and Community Celebration, featuring the Honorable Dannia L. Edwards (83).

Wednesday January 22nd, 2020 - 9:53 am

Albion College Athletics

Game Day! Women on the road and men at home! ... See MoreSee Less

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Go, Briton cagers!

Fordies: thinking about committing to a year (or two) of service after graduation? On Thursday, Jan. 23, at 4:30 pm in the Ludington Center, we are hosting a panel of service program recruiters from City Year, AmeriCorps, AdviseMI, and the Michigan Non-Profit Leadership Association to advise you on what makes a strong applicant. Snacks from the Foundry will be provided! ... See MoreSee Less

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How 'bout paying off a chunk or two of those student loans?

https://www.hollins.edu/academics/majors-minors/english-creative-writing-major/lex-allen-literary-festival/

Monday January 20th, 2020 - 11:30 am

Albion College History Department

On this MLK Day 2020, we wanted to share this powerful Michigan Radio story, "Remembering the day Martin Luther King Jr. came to Grosse Pointe." Read and listen here: www.tinyurl.com/y48x2yms ... See MoreSee Less

On this MLK Day 2020, we wanted to share this powerful Michigan Radio story, Remembering the day Martin Luther King Jr. came to Grosse Pointe. Read and listen here: http://www.tinyurl.com/y48x2yms

Friday January 17th, 2020 - 1:13 pm

Albion College Music Department

We’re back in session! We can’t wait to share with you all of the amazing concerts in store for this semester!

We’ve updated our Department Spotlight Board with a new Faculty member and a new student shoutout!

Be sure to scroll through the pictures and learn more about our Violin and Viola Professor, Anna Khalikova and violinist, Sunny Kim!
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Thursday January 16th, 2020 - 12:33 pm

Albion College History Department

Fantastic archival research and public history work by History student Lauren Bergeron! ... See MoreSee Less

Fantastic archival research and public history work by History student Lauren Bergeron!Image attachmentImage attachment

Thursday January 16th, 2020 - 7:41 am

Albion College Music Department

Happy birthday to the late Anthony Taffs, Professor of Music at Albion for many years. An accomplished composer and piano teacher, Taffs held a dual faculty appointment with the English department and taught English composition as well as musical composition. A true liberal artist. ... See MoreSee Less

Happy birthday to the late Anthony Taffs, Professor of Music at Albion for many years.  An accomplished composer and piano teacher, Taffs held a dual faculty appointment with the English department and taught English composition as well as musical composition.  A true liberal artist.

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Our dear Professor Taffs!! I am remembering him and all of my amazing piano instructors, as we have just lost another great teacher, Phyllis Rappeport. Happy Birthday in heaven professor Taffs and thank you for all of the musical and life wisdom!! You are missed, but always cherished in my heart!

My fav. class at Albion was his music appreciation; amazing, and I remember what I learned 35 years later.

A wonderful teacher and person!

Oh my heart...I adored this man. What a gentle soul.

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Wednesday January 15th, 2020 - 3:38 pm

Albion College Art and Art History Department

Seniors Payge Rumler, Chalara Sutton, and Scott Wistinghausen attend the opening reception of the Fresh Looks 2020 exhibition at Eastern Michigan School of Art + Design. Payge and Scott both have works featured along with other emerging undergraduate art majors. The exhibit is now open through January 30th at the Ford & University Galleries. ... See MoreSee Less

Monday January 13th, 2020 - 3:07 pm

Gerstacker Institute

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Monday January 13th, 2020 - 2:35 pm

Albion College English Department

Lesley Nneka Arimah
Fiction Reading
Monday, February 3, 2020, 5:30 p.m. - Wendell Will Room

Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, was born in the UK and grew up in Nigeria and wherever else her father was stationed for work. A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree, her work has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award and the Caine Prize, and a winner of the Kirkus Prize, the African Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award for Fiction, and an O. Henry Award, among other honors. She lives in Minneapolis.

This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the English Department and the Stockwell-Mudd Library. For more information, please contact the English Department at 517/629-0232.
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Lesley Nneka Arimah
Fiction Reading
Monday, February 3, 2020, 5:30 p.m. - Wendell Will Room

Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, was born in the UK and grew up in Nigeria and wherever else her father was stationed for work.  A National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, her work has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award and the Caine Prize, and a winner of the Kirkus Prize, the African Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award for Fiction, and an O. Henry Award, among other honors.  She lives in Minneapolis.

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Welcome back to campus, Fordies! We hope you have a great start to the 2020 Spring semester! ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday January 8th, 2020 - 2:51 pm

Gerstacker Institute

We had a great day of learning about various careers in business and tips on how to put our best foot forward when connecting with employers. Thanks to our alumni and the employers that shared their morning and insights with the Gerstacker First Year Leadership Workshop! ... See MoreSee Less

We had a great day of learning about various careers in business and tips on how to put our best foot forward when connecting with employers. Thanks to our alumni and the employers that shared their morning and insights with the Gerstacker First Year Leadership Workshop!

Thursday January 2nd, 2020 - 12:58 pm

Albion College Chemistry Department

Ochem forever! 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

Friday December 13th, 2019 - 5:39 am

Albion College Art and Art History Department

In today's printmaking Friday we are highlighting this Martin Puryear etching from the Albion Print Collection titled Untitled (State II.) This print is a color softground with drypoint and chine-collé, and was a gift to the collection by Elisabeth French. ... See MoreSee Less

In todays printmaking Friday we are highlighting this Martin Puryear etching from the Albion Print Collection titled Untitled (State II.) This print is a color softground with drypoint and chine-collé, and was a gift to the collection by Elisabeth French.Image attachmentImage attachment

Friday December 6th, 2019 - 10:18 am

Albion College Theatre Department

Members of Albion College Players and Theta Alpha Phi went to see "Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé" at the Purple Rose Theatre last night! We were so grateful that we were able to meet Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo (Albion College Alum), Tom Whalen, and Guy Sanville.

Thank You Purple Rose Theatre Company!

PICTURED: Zach Fischer, students from Albion College Players and Theta Alpha Phi, Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, and Sarab Kamoo.
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Members of Albion College Players and Theta Alpha Phi went to see Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé at the Purple Rose Theatre last night! We were so grateful that we were able to meet Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo (Albion College Alum), Tom Whalen, and Guy Sanville. 

Thank You Purple Rose Theatre Company!

PICTURED: Zach Fischer, students from Albion College Players and Theta Alpha Phi, Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, and Sarab Kamoo.

Tuesday December 3rd, 2019 - 11:44 am

Albion College Wilson Institute for Medicine

Another great Saginaw Premedical Event is in the books!

Thanks to alumni, current students, and staff of Albion College who continue to make this event successful. A special appreciation goes to Albion College Alumnus, Dr. Sam Shaheen, for the support and organization needed to make this event possible. The Saginaw Event occurs yearly and exposes high school students of the greater Saginaw area to the many programs within the Wilson Institute for Medicine in regards to premedical preparation.
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Tuesday November 19th, 2019 - 7:45 pm

Albion College Theatre Department

We’re giving hats to the FIRST 15 STUDENTS that come to the show, tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20th! Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts 8pm!

Thanks Briton Traditions!

Hope to see you there!
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We’re giving hats to the FIRST 15 STUDENTS that come to the show, tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20th! Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts 8pm!

Thanks Briton Traditions!

Hope to see you there!

Monday November 18th, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Albion College Theatre Department

Missed the first weekend of shows? Don’t worry! There will be MORE chances to see the show starting Wednesday! ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday March 7th, 2019 - 8:50 am

Albion College Biology Department

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