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Frequently Asked Questions

What majors can I take?

We offer more than 50 programs of study, but that’s only the start of it. Because of our emphasis on an interdisciplinary curriculum, you can great an academic experience tailored to your interests and goals. The Class of 2013, for example, represented nearly 150 differentcombinations of majors! Our most popular majors are business, biology, sociology, psychology and biochemistry, and we’re evaluating the curriculum all the time to make sure your programs are contemporary and relevant. (Digital video arts, anyone?) You can get a full listing of academic programs by clicking here.

What’s the tuition?

Tuition (including room, board, and fees) for the 2017-2018 academic year is $54,910.

What about financial aid?

The average financial aid package last year was more than $27,975 which included gift aid, loans and on-campus jobs. The overall average package, including aid from all sources, was nearly $41,475.

Under our new financial aid policy, we are pledging to meet 100 percent of institutionally determined need for all incoming freshmen. We believe this will empower you and your family to choose Albright based on academic and extracurricular opportunities, not price tag.

You talk a lot about the liberal arts. How come?

Analytical thinking, communications skills, the ability to reason, a lifelong love of learning … these are the very things employers say they want to see more of in the people they hire. They are the foundation of a more fulfilling life and a more engaged citizenship. They will serve you regardless of your career path. What can you do with a liberal arts degree? Anything you want!

What makes Albright unique?

Lots of schools talk about a personalized education, but few are as equipped to deliver one as Albright. We don’t just welcome cross-disciplinary learning – we encourage it. Combined majors are commonplace, interdisciplinary courses are numerous, and our faculty teach across disciplines with ease and enthusiasm.

And for a traditional liberal arts college, we are atypically diverse. A third of Albright’s student body are students of color or students from abroad. That diversity serves us well: More than 60% of recent alumni say their Albright experience prepared them to understand and appreciate other cultures.

Are there opportunities to learn outside the classroom?

You bet! Hands-on learning is a hallmark of the Albright educational experience. Internships are highly encouraged and often required as a component of study. Some will earn you academic credit.

You can intern during the academic year, over the summer, or during the January Interim. You’re welcome to pursue local internships in the Berks County area near Albright as well as opportunities closer to home.

If research is your thing, we have you covered. There are ample opportunities to assist faculty members with their research. In addition, the Alright Creative Research Experience (ACRE) pairs you with a faculty member on a research or creative project carried out during the summer session or January Interim. If accepted, you’ll  receive a stipend and free room and board during the session.

You’ll also present your project on campus and may even go on to present at a regional or national professional conference.

Contact the Experiential Learning and Career Development Center for more information. ELCDC staff are on hand to help you with everything from the job and internship search to resume writing and interview skills.

Can I study abroad?

Of course! In fact, we encourage it. Albright students participate in study abroad programs during the fall and spring semesters as well as over the summer. We also also offer unique travel opportunities during the January Interim, a three-week term between the fall and winter semester. Students have studied in Costa Rica, Thailand, France, England, Spain, Mexico, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, South Korea, Ecuador, Japan and Italy, among other destinations.

How big are classes?

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, the College has an average class size of 15 students. Some intro courses are as large as 30, while upper-level classes may have as few as eight or 10.

What are Albright students like?

Hailing from two dozen states and nearly 20 countries, our students bring countless experiences and personalities to campus. Here they are by the numbers:

  • The average Albright student took six honors classes in high school
  • 96% of our students receive financial aid
  • More than 60% graduate with combined majors
  • 65% stay on campus for a January Interim term course
  • More than 30% are student-athletes

In general, Albright students are down-to-earth, approachable and personable. Drop by campus for a tour and see for yourself the mix of smarts, smiles and selflessness that make up the typical Albrightian.

Is Albright a suitcase college?

No way! About 85 percent of students reside on campus, and most stay here during weekends. There are various activities going on every weekend on campus. The Albright College Activities Council (AC2) plans events each semester, ranging from dance parties to sports nights and from trips to New York to Xbox competitions. (Just recently the Student Government Association brought Plain White T’s to Reading’s Santander Arena.) Athletics are in full swing on the weekends thanks to our 23 NCAA Division III teams, and other campus organizations and performance groups are always busy. About 15 percent of our students are involved in the Greek system on campus, with three national fraternities and three national sororities to join. There are also numerous volunteer clubs and opportunities to engage in service on campus and in the greater Reading community. Check out AC2’s most recent events calendar!

What are some of your traditions?

Albright’s best-known and most popular tradition will leave you soaking wet! Each year on your birthday, your friends will find you, protect your valuables, carry you to Selwyn Pond, and toss you in! “Ponding,” as it is known, is practically a rite of passage at the College. Oozeball, the campus-sponsored mud volleyball tournament held each spring, is another favorite. Each November, the International Students’ Association takes over the Dining Hall for an evening of global cuisine. (Bring your appetite!) When you’re studying for finals, we’ll have therapy dogs in the library to ease your stress, and late-night breakfast, served by President McMillan and the College’s vice presidents, to fuel your reading. Other traditions add flavor to graduation, such as the bagpipe corps that plays to open the ceremony and the gift you’ll give the President when he hands you your diploma.

How’s the food?

We’re biased, of course, but we like it! In fact, as good as it was, with the overhaul and renovation of the Dining Hall, it’s even better than ever. Options include a rotisserie oven, brick oven pizza, Mongolian grill, vegetarian/vegan station, nature bar, bakery, deli and more.

What hasn’t changed is Dining Services‘ commitment to providing great-tasting and healthy food in a personal atmosphere. We’re responsive to students’ needs and wants and often run special meals and theme events throughout the year to showcase new options and share a wide variety of cuisines.

Other dining options on campus include Jake’s Place, an informal grill offering burgers, chicken fingers, salads, sandwiches and paninis; Jake’s Java, which serves Starbucks coffee and pastries; and Peg’s Café, which is located in the Schumo Center and focuses on healthier options.

Where will I live?

Residential life at Albright encompasses varied options. The Quad is made up of four co-ed residence halls—three housing freshmen only and one for all undergraduates. In addition, there is an honors residence hall; Albright Court, a converted hotel with a distinctive art-deco exterior; suite-style living in North Hall; and the Albright Woods apartments for our upperclassman.

All of our residence halls are co-ed, but there are single-sex floor options as well. All rooms are air-conditioned and come with a microwave/refrigerator combo as well as wifi access. There are laundry facilities in every dorm that can be used at no cost to the student.

Each dorm has a resident assistant who is responsible for overseeing all aspects of dorm life. These RAs are students who plan various programs for those living in the dorm. Programs range from study skills workshops to free pizza nights, from movies to video-game tournaments, and much more.

How big is campus?

Albright sits on 118 residential acres. The size of the traditional undergraduate student body is 1,700.

Is campus safe?

Located at the base of Mount Penn and nestled snugly in the residential College Heights neighborhood, where approximately half of our faculty and staff live, Albright is in a very safe area of Reading. Our Public Safety office is located across from the residence halls and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Campus security officers patrol the campus throughout the day and night, on foot and by car, and are supplemented by the Reading Police Department. An escort across campus is just a phone call away. Numerous emergency phones are placed across campus for direct access to security. Access to residence halls is granted through an ID swipe system and is limited to the students who reside in that building.

Albright College also provides an emergency text messaging system. Students are encouraged to sign up so that in the case of any emergency, including weather emergencies, they get a text right away.

All colleges and universities are required by law to publish standardized campus crime reports. You can view Albright’s here.

What can I do in Reading?

Reading is the home of four minor league sports teams, one of which calls Albright’s Shirk Stadium home, and three large recreation facilities. The Santander Arena and the Santander Performing Arts Center host many concerts, sporting events and cultural. Reading is also home to the Vanity Fair outlets, for all those who live to shop, and a fabulous comedy club. Close to campus are two shopping malls, a brand-new IMAX theater and several restaurants. Also nearby is the Goggleworks, an old factory building in the heart of Reading that has been restored as a dynamic and interactive arts center. Beautiful Berks County offers ample opportunities and venues for outdoor recreation.

When do I apply?

We thought you’d never ask! Albright is on a rolling admission schedule, so whenever your application is submitted, we will review it and reach an admission decision within two weeks. Our application deadline is March 1. Click here to apply online.