How We Read Applications
Applications are read on an individual basis, and applicants are not competing against other students for an admission spot. When reading an application, the Admission Office’s goal is to predict academic success at Albright. Your choice of major has no bearing on the admission decision, as the College does not cap majors. We recommend students explore different academic areas, and we want all students to have the freedom to change majors or add to their choice of interests by examining interdisciplinary options. If we feel you are academically prepared to succeed within Albright’s nurturing environment, we will offer you admission.
When reviewing applications, the Admission Office places an emphasis on the following items, listed in order of importance:
- High school academic performance and rigor of curriculumHigh school performance is the best single indicator of four-year college success at Albright. Strong performance in a college preparatory education is a good predictor of your ability to succeed if you continue to work hard, manage you time, concentrate on study habits, and take advantage of Albright’s nurturing environment.
- Writing abilityThe ability to effectively present an argument or thought in written form is critical for success in our liberal arts educational environment. The College expects that students will enter with the ability to write at a college level. Our English Composition and Writing and Literature requirements are meant to improve these skills early on in your college education.
- Extracurricular activities (with emphasis on leadership, talent developed and length of commitment)Students participating in athletics, the arts, Greek life and other campus activities are more likely to graduate in four years than those who do not become as engaged. A high school student with a proven record of commitment to balancing activities outside of class and taking the initiative to lead others in some of those activities will more than likely do the same in college if given the opportunity. Albright stresses that student involvement is an extension of the classroom education you will receive, and all are encouraged to become active in areas of passion and to attempt new opportunities as well.
- Counselor and teacher recommendationsRecommendations can often give the Admission Office new insights about an applicant. The four-year impression that students have left on professionals from their secondary schools is very telling. Recommendations are an opportunity for us to find out how you interact with classmates, you’re your presence is in the classroom, and you school work ethic. It also provides us with an educator’s sense of how successful you may be in post-secondary education.
- On-campus interviewIn Albright’s holistic admission process, we enjoy getting to know you on a personal level, which permits us to examine your academic and extracurricular fit. Interviews are not overly evaluative and are designed to assist you in enhancing your application. On-campus interviews are intended only for seniors who have applied as test optional. Interviews are also available for juniors during the spring who intend to apply as test optional.
- Standardized test scoresSubmission of test scores is optional. If you decide not to provide the College with SAT or ACT scores, an admission interview is required to complete your application. Test scores are proven to be a decent predictor of first-year performance; however, the predictive value weakens with each year of college. Albright decided to eliminate requiring test scores as part of the application since they are not a strong predictor of four-year success here. Those deciding not to submit test scores will be reviewed equally for admission, scholarship and financial aid with those who do submit scores.