17 Questions Every Future Albrightian Should Ask…

What majors or programs of study do you offer?

Albright offers more than 50 academic programs of study. More than 50 percent of students graduate with dual, interdisciplinary or individualized majors. Most popular majors include business, education, psychology, biology and sociology. For a full listing visit our Academics page.

What makes Albright unique?

Albright College values an interdisciplinary approach to college education. Students will not only take an array of general studies, but will be asked to integrate those lessons into all other courses. More than half of Albright students choose to combine programs, and the curriculum is designed to make it easy to do so.

The student population at Albright is composed of people from across the world. Students call 19 different countries and 24 states home. Over 32% of our population self-identifies as African-American, Asian, Latino, or other non-white students. Politically, religiously, socially, and cultural students comes from a variety of backgrounds that support our greater community.

In addition to work in the classroom, Albright also values the importance of experiential learning. Students are both encouraged and expected to take part in hands-on learning opportunities throughout their four years on campus. Whether through experiences such as studying abroad during the Interim semester, participating in an ACRE project or interning, students are given the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real life situations.


What is the typical class size at Albright?

The student to faculty ratio at Albright is 13:1. Class size varies, but the average is 15 students. Some introductory courses may be slightly larger with up to 30 students while upper-level courses may have as few as 8 to 10 students.


What are Albright students like?

Students at Albright come from diverse backgrounds, representing 26 states and 18 countries. Other prospective students have described Albright students as “active,” “energetic,” “crazy-smart,” “personable,” “intuitive,” “funny,” “accepting” and “adventurous.” The best way to get to know students is by meeting them on campus! See more about visiting here.


What is tuition?

Tuition (including room, board and fees) for the 2013-2014 academic year is $46,660. Please note that the average financial aid package for the 2012-2013 year was $35,489. (These awards were made up of a combination of gift aid, loans and on-campus jobs.)

For a full breakdown of college expenses and information about paying for college, visit our Educational Expenses page.


Is the campus safe?

At the base of Mount Penn and surrounded by the residential College Heights neighborhood where approximately half of our faculty and staff live, Albright is in a very safe area of Reading. The 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 24-hours a day on foot and by car, and an escort service is available to accompany students. 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 for this alert system so that in any case of an emergency, including weather emergencies, they will immediately receive information via a text message on their phones.

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


Is Albright a suitcase college?

Definitely not! Approximately 85 percent of students reside on campus, and most choose to remain on campus 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 NYC to XBox competitions. Athletics are in full swing on the weekends and other campus organizations and performance groups are always busy. Check out AC2’s most recent events calendar!


What traditions does Albright celebrate?

Albright’s most unique tradition will get you soaking wet! Each year on your birthday, your friends will find you, protect your valuables, carry you to the pond, and throw you in! “Ponding,” as it is known, is a very popular tradition. Oozeball, a campus-sponsored mud volleyball tournament, is another favorite each spring. Other traditions add flavor to graduation, such as the bagpipe corps that plays to open the ceremonies and the gifts exchanged with the College president when you receive your diploma.

Regular events that draw a strong crowd include Albright’s Got Talent, Airbands competition, trips to Broadway, BINGO, Block Party, the Spring Concert and the Homecoming Parade.


Is there an opportunity to intern while at Albright?

Internships are highly encouraged and often required as a component of study at Albright. 50% of the Class of 2011 completed an off-campus internship; a mark well ahead of our competing institutions. Students can receive credit for their internship, and can intern during the academic year, over the summer, or during the Interim session in January. Students are welcome to pursue local internships in the Berks County area near Albright or opportunities in their hometown.


Are there opportunities for students to study abroad?

Yes, students participate in study abroad programs during the fall and spring semesters as well as over the summer. Albright also offers unique travel opportunities during an Interim semester in January. The Interim semester allows students the opportunity to take a three-week course abroad. Students have studied in Costa Rica, Thailand, France, England, Spain, Mexico, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, South Korea, Ecuador, Japan and Italy, just to name a few destinations. You can visit the Study Abroad website here.


What is social life at Albright like?

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved at Albright. With more than 80 student clubs and organizations (including community groups, student government, social and academic groups, and the performing arts) the options are endless. The Albright College Activities Council (AC2) provides an array of experiences for students to attend, including comedians, hypnotists, concerts and BINGO (with tons of cool prizes, like iPods, board games and digital cameras)!

Approximately 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 or in the greater Reading community.

Eighty-five percent of Albright students reside on campus, and the majority generally stay on the weekends, so there are always activities going on around campus. See our ever-changing list of student organizations here.


How’s the food?

While the food at Albright has always been good, we’re excited to say that it’s getting even better! A $6 million dollar renovation is underway to create a kitchenless dining area, where food is prepared at stations on the dining floor. New dining options will include a rotisserie oven, brick oven, Mongolian grill, vegetarian/vegan station, nature bar, bakery, deli and more!

What won’t change is Dining Service’s commitment to providing good tasting and healthy food in a personal atmosphere. Albright’s Dining Services are 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, which features traditional Americana, such as burgers, chicken fingers, salads, and paninis, Jake’s Java, which serves Starbucks coffee and pastries, and Peg’s Place, which is located in the athletic center and focuses on health- and fitness-related options.


What is dorm life like?

There are varied options for our residence life. The “Quad” is made up of four co-ed residence halls - three all-freshman halls and one freshman through senior hall. In addition, there is an honors residence hall, Albright Court, suite-style living in North Hall and apartments for our upperclassman. All rooms are air conditioned and come with a microwave/refrigerator combo. There are laundry facilities in every dorm that can be used at no cost to the student.

All of our residence halls are co-ed, but there are single-sex floor options as well. More information about our dorms can be found here.

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 all students living in the dorm. Programs range from study skills workshops to free pizza nights, and movies to video-game tournaments.


What is the size of campus?

Albright’s student body is approximately 1,700 students. The campus stretches across 118 acres.


What’s new this year at Albright?

Rockland Hall

In the Fall of 2014, the Center for Business, Civic, and Global Leadership will open in Rockland Hall. Southeastern PA’s premier facility for study in Accounting, Economics and Business, and Political Science will include 9 new classrooms and multiple new technologies to stay connected in this ever-changing world. A one-minute video clip of the space is available here with more information about the regions newest space for engaged and interconnected learning.

Meeting 100% of your families Demonstrated Need

Using an institutionally defined methodology based off of your CSS Profile or FAFSA application, Albright is committed to meeting 100% of your families’ demonstrated need. This incredible opportunity is in response to the critical attention of rising college costs and focusing on the college’s strong academic programs. To learn more about this policy, please see our departmental home page for Financial Aid.

New Majors

Albright is pleased to add the following programs to it’s outstanding repertoire of Liberal Arts curricula. From interdisciplinary opportunities in Digital Studio Arts, Digital Video Arts to majors in Digital Communication, Music Industry Studies, and Gaming and Simulation.


What is there to do in Reading and the surrounding area?

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 Sovereign Center and the Sovereign Performing Arts Center host many concerts, sporting events and speeches. 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.


When do I apply?

We are on a rolling admission schedule, so whenever an application becomes complete, we will review it and reach an admission decision within two weeks. Application deadline is March 1. Click here to apply online.


How do others view Albright?

Albright has garnered a few prestigious awards and ranking information from a variety of internationally respected sources. Please see the bullets below:

  • The Princeton Review recently rated Albright one of the best colleges in the Northeast.
  • We were ranked in the Top 25 most artistic colleges by Newsweek/The Daily Beast.
  • Affordable Colleges Online noted our strength in Return on Investment being named a Top 20 Pennsylvania School for average lifetime earnings.
  • Billboard named Albright’s Music Business program one of the Top 35 in the nation.