First-Year Students – Albright College

First-Year Students

Albright College is Waiting for You

Are you ready to explore your passions and broaden your horizons? Are you ready to meet new people and make lifelong connections? Are you ready to tailor your own path at Albright College? We’re ready for you! Whether you apply through Albright’s online app or the Common App, you’ll find the process to be quick and easy. Let’s get started!

What you’ll need to apply

Admission to Albright is on a rolling, non-binding basis. To be considered, you must submit your completed application along with your official high school transcript. Albright does not require standardized test scores for admission or scholarship consideration. However, you are free to submit your SAT or ACT scores if you wish.

You may also consider submitting the following supplemental materials:

  • An Essay, Writing Sample or Personal Statement
  • A recommendation from a junior- or senior-year teacher who has taught you in English, mathematics, science, social studies or a foreign language.
  • A completed secondary school report, filled out by your guidance counselor

Mail or fax these additional materials to:
Albright College
Office of Admission
13th and Bern Streets
P.O. Box 15234
Reading, PA 19612-5234
admission@albright.edu
Phone: 610-921-7700
Fax: 610-921-7294

International applicants must submit standardized test scores. We accept TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT scores.
Arial view of the campus of Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania A professor holds an outdoor class with students on the campus of Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania

Dates and deadlines to remember

Application Deadline Rolling
Financial Aid Deadline  June 1 for PA residents in order to  qualify for PA State grant, and before July 1 recommended for all students in the other states
Admission Notification Rolling
Financial Aid Notification Rolling (starting in January)
Student Response Deadline June 1, or as soon as you know what it costs and that you LOVE us!

Application Deadline December 15
Financial Aid Deadline December 15
Admission Notification Rolling (starting in November)
Financial Aid Notification Rolling (starting in November)
Student Response Deadline January 15

 

Scholarships

At Albright College, we believe in recognizing and rewarding our incoming students for the successes they have achieved. We offer generous scholarships for those who have achieved high marks in academics, leadership and community service.

Presidential Scholarship
Presidential Scholarships, in the amount of $19,000 per year, are offered to students with outstanding academic records. Presidential Scholars generally rank in the top five percent of their graduating class and demonstrate strong leadership skills and a commitment to service.

Dean’s Scholarship
Dean’s Scholarships, in the amount of $17,000 per year, are offered to students with excellent academic records who demonstrate a commitment to school and community involvement.

Keystone Commitment Scholarship
Keystone Commitment Scholarships in the amount of $16,000 per year, are offered to first-year students who have strong and respectable academic records and a home address in Pennsylvania.

Albright College Scholarship
Albright College Scholarships, in the amount of $13,000 per year, are offered to students with strong academic records and have a home address outside of Pennsylvania.

Albright College Grants
Albright College Grants, in the amount of $8,000 to $10,000 per year, are offered to students with respectable academic records and have a home address outside of Pennsylvania.

13th Street Scholarship
North 13th Street in Reading, Pennsylvania is noted on Ripley’s Believe it or Not as the only place in the United States where a student can go from kindergarten through college by taking classes at schools on the same street. In recognition of this educational phenomenon, the 13th Street Scholarship, is awarded to all accepted students who have graduated from Reading High School, Northeast Middle School and 13th & Green and/or 13th & Union Elementary Schools.

Warren L. Davis Scholarship
Davis Scholarships cover full tuition, room and board costs at Albright College, post-application of state and federal grant programs. Students will be invited to apply for the Davis Scholarship and will have one month to submit a quality essay that has answered one of five unique prompts. Students will also be asked to submit a character recommendation. Select students will be invited to campus to complete a series of interviews and meet with President Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D. ’82. The Davis will be awarded to students displaying exceptional academic performance who wish to pursue further academic success and have a desire to hone their creative and critical thinking skills so they may better serve their communities beyond Albright.

Legacy Award
Enrolling Students who are children, grandchildren, or siblings of Albright College students or graduates are eligible for an annual award. Candidates for the Legacy Award must indicate legacy status in their application prior to an offer of admission.

United Methodist Award
In recognition of its affiliation with the United Methodist Church, Albright offers United Methodist Awards to incoming students who are active in their United Methodist Church. Candidates for the United Methodist Award must provide a letter from their pastor clearly stating their active membership in the church. This letter must be received prior to an offer of admission.

Talk to an Admissions Counselor

Caryn Stopper, Vice President for Enrollment Management

610-921-7700

cstopper@albright.edu


Jenn Williamson, Director of Admission
Counselor for Berks County

610-921-7700

jwilliamson@albright.edu


Nicole Christie, Senior Associate Director of Admission
Counselor for International and Transfer Students

610-921-7700

nchristie@albright.edu

Hello! My name is Nicole Christie, and I am the Admission Counselor responsible for transfer applications and international applications. I really enjoy assisting students through the admission process and getting to know so many unique and wonderful people.

After completing my Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, I went on to work for an international student placement organization that put me in contact with Albright College. I had such great experiences working with Albright and placing international students here that I was eager to join the Admission team. Now I have been here for thirteen years and I can confirm that Albright College is a great place for students to receive a top-notch education in a caring and supportive community.

I understand that applying to colleges, managing the financial aid process, and choosing the right one can be an overwhelming experience. I am happy to help you through. If you have any questions about Albright or the application process, please feel free to contact me.


Jeffery Knarr, Assistant Director of Admission and Director of Player Personnel
Counselor for Northeastern PA, Western States

610-921-7700

jknarr@albright.edu

Hi, my name is Jeff Knarr, your admission counselor for Albright College.  I look forward to helping and working with you throughout your college search process. I will answer any questions that you have, and ultimately help you get to a level of comfort with Albright, so that you call it “home”.

The last 24yrs, I’ve been coaching and mentoring student athletes as a college football coach, including the last 13yrs as Head Football Coach at King’s College.  I know that the college search process can be daunting, and intimidating, but knowledge is power.  I encourage you to learn as much as you can about Albright by visiting our website, visiting campus and interacting with the Albright community.  The more you know, the more confident, excited and comfortable you will become with your decision to attend Albright.

Looking forward to seeing you on campus soon.  Feel free to email me jknarr@albright.edu or call 610-921-7700 for all your questions about Albright.


Erick Goldsmith ’20, Assistant Director of Admission
Counselor for Philadelphia Suburbs

610-921-7700

egoldsmith@albright.edu

Hel-LO! I am Erick Goldsmith, your Admission Counselor for Albright College! I am here to accompany you through the college search process, answer questions you may have about our campus, and truly just be a guide and a friend throughout this time.

Originally from Chester, Pennsylvania, I grew up in environments where the values of openness, communication, and understanding were not always as practiced as they are here. I graduated from Albright in 2020 with a co-major in Theatre and Spanish. With a love for art, I arrived as a solid introvert looking to work behind the scenes of theatre shows. Within a month, my true ambivert was welcomed forth! I became a regular member and actor of the Domino Players and their theatre productions, a Resident Assistant (RA) of three years, a Peer Orientation Person (POP) to an amazing group of freshmen, a baritone voiced angel in Concert Choir, and so much more! Why? Because Albright encourages and supports you in becoming whatever, whoever you choose to be. The people here are your community.

Even outside of the office, I continue to channel Albright’s spirit of unity and growth in my art as a storyteller. I act (for Improv, Stage and Screen), write scenes, shoot short films and do videography. In terms of watching film and tv—I am a huge sci-fi, superhero, paranormal fan. Name something and I have likely seen it! Above all, I love to spend time with good friends having great conversations, whether they are about life and philosophy or eternal queries like “Why is the abbreviation for paper towels as PT not as widely spread as TP is for toilet paper?” Albright is a community filled with people who will happily go above and beyond for you, as they did for me—all you have to do is ask. So if Albright sounds like a place you would like to call home, come visit our campus! For any questions or concerns, please reach out to me at egoldsmith@albright.edu OR (610) 929-6634. I hope to see ya soon!


Preston Hoopes, Admission Counselor
Counselor for New Jersey, Delaware and Gulf States

610-921-7700

phoopes@albright.edu

Hello! My name is Preston Hoopes and I am happy to be your Admission Counselor for Albright College! I am thrilled to help you through your college search process, and am ready to answer any questions you may have, and overall be a friendly face and guide to you during this exciting time!

I grew up less than fifteen minutes away from Albright’s campus, in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Thus, I am happy to be making a difference in a community that I’ve always loved and called home! Before working for Albright, I graduated from Penn State in May of 2023, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology – Quantitative Studies. I’ve always loved to make connections with others, and helping people through some kind of counseling is a fulfilling way to make these connections. I found my specific passion for college admission counseling though while I worked for Penn State’s Undergraduate Admissions Office. There, I learned how much of a difference postsecondary education can make in people’s lives, including my own. My goal is to pass on the great opportunities afforded to me to the next generation of students by helping people like you in the college search!

Outside of the office, my biggest passion is music! I’ve been playing the piano since I was four years old and I prioritize time nearly every day to work on learning a new song, ranging from a classical piece to a current pop hit. I even play with a band that’s based out of State College! To keep active, I also play and coach water polo: a great sport that I’ve loved for a long time. You can find me training my brain, either by watching Jeopardy, playing Scrabble, or doing a crossword puzzle!

As your Admission Counselor, I’m happy to answer all questions you may have about the college search process. It can be daunting and even overwhelming at times, but just know that I’m here to make things easier for you! I definitely recommend exploring our website to find out what Albright is all about, or even visiting campus and taking a tour with one of our Student Ambassadors. In the meantime, feel free to email me at phoopes@albright.edu. Hope to hear from you soon!


Haja Kargbo ’23, Admission Counselor
Counselor for Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and the Midwest

610-921-7700

hkargbo@albright.edu

Hey!!! I’m Haja Kargbo, your Albright College Admission Counselor! I am here to help your college search and decision process be as easy as possible and to ensure that you have the proper information to do so!

I’m a New Jersey native and I attended Albright, graduating in 2023, with a major in Criminology. As a student here, I was a member of many different organizations. I was President of PRIDE+, our LGBTQ+ organization on campus, held two different positions on Student Government Association, the first being the Multicultural Representative and then taking the position as the Vice President of Records on the Executive Board. I also served as the New Member Education/Recruitment Chair in my co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. I played rugby for our women’s team and I was also a student ambassador for our Admission office! As an alumna, I’m happy that you are interested in joining a place that’s going to feel like a second home!

While I’m not at work, I still play rugby as my love for the sport has grown since I started playing right here at Albright. I also enjoy watching various college sports, including wrestling, soccer, basketball and softball. I like to hang out with friends and enjoy card games. Also, I graduated with a Criminology degree so of course, I’m a HUGE fan of crime shows, my all-time favorite being Criminal Minds.

As your counselor, I strive to create a safe space for you to navigate through the college admission process and I am here to answer all your questions by taking from my experiences. Please, never hesitate to reach out as I am here for you! You can reach me at: hkargbo@albright.edu


Zoe Robertson ’18, Admission Counselor
Counselor for Southeastern PA, Southeastern States

610-921-7700

zrobertson@albright.edu 

Hello there! My name is Zoe, your Admission Counselor at Albright College. I look forward to being your guide through the college search process! As an alumna, I am thrilled to show you all of the things that have made Albright my home-away-from-home. As your Admission Counselor, I am elated by this opportunity to help you find your own reasons to call Albright your home.

A bit about myself… I am originally from South Jersey (so Pork Roll, not Taylor Ham), I’m the oldest of three siblings, and a 1st generation student! A Few Fun Facts: I worked as a 911-dispatcher for 2 years and I enjoy thrifting, and I’m an absolute coffee fanatic. As an Albrightian, I was an RA, a Public Safety Student Officer, and a member of the Softball Team. I graduated from Albright in the Spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a Minor in Anthropology. I returned the following Spring to continue my passion as an Assistant Softball Coach and eventually, a Public Safety Officer on campus. I have since been promoted to Head Coach and I am embracing the potential to provide guidance and knowledge in my role as your Admission Counselor! In my many roles here at Albright, I have had the opportunity to view our campus through many different lenses. Each lens has provided me with a more holistic view of our campus which I look forward to sharing with each of you!


Anarielys Santana Laureano, Admission Counselor for Multicultural Recruitment
Counselor for Philadelphia

610-921-7700

asantanalaureano@albright.edu

Hola, Salut, and Hello, my name is Anarielys (An*uh*release), your Albright College Admission Counselor. I am here to help your college journey be as smooth as possible by addressing all concerns and providing any support you may need.

I graduated from Reading High and, against all odds as a first-generation college student, I continued my studies and earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Kutztown University. I am a curious, creative, and caring individual with a passion for art, poetry, writing and cooking. These are all the ways I love to spend my free time. Coming from a Dominican household, I am fluent in Spanish, and I studied French between high school and college for a total of 5 years. As you can infer, travel and language learning also bring me so much joy.

I would love to learn Italian and Portuguese and travel to at least 25 states by the time I am 35 but having only visited 9 so far, I have many left to go.

If my interest resembles yours, at Albright College you won’t run out of opportunities to channel this free spirited, artistic, and adventurous energy. We are more than just a campus; we are a community: uplifting and looking out for one another every step of the way! Come visit our campus and see if this feels like a good fit for you.

I am always a phone call or email away; I hope to see you soon!


Catalina Lassen, Admission Events Coordinator

610-921-7700

classen@albright.edu 

Hi! My name is Catalina Lassen and I am Albright’s Admission Event Coordinator. You’ll probably see me when you visit campus for tours, open houses, accepted student days, and much more. I’ll be your go-to-gal for anything events related!

A Pennsylvania native, I grew up in West Chester and attended school at West Chester University. I graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a concentration in painting and drawing. During my time at West Chester, I worked as the Art Club President, as an Editor of the school’s literary magazine, and as a Student Ambassador of the Art Department. In my junior year, I was Assistant Director of the first ever West Chester University Arts Festival, taking over as Director in my senior year. You could say that’s where my love of event planning started! After graduation, I worked with Penn State Admissions in Philadelphia, and then spent four years as the Administrative Assistant for the Film & Media Studies Department at Swarthmore College. I have absolutely found my perfect career in higher education, and I look forward to serving the Albright Community for a long time to come.

Outside of the office, I can be found hitting the local trails, getting brunch with friends, visiting family, or snuggling up with one of my five cats and a good book. Alternatively, I might also be holed up in my studio space making art or writing short stories.

Always feel free to reach out to me via email at classen@albright.edu or over the phone at (610) 921-7700 if you have questions about anything Albright!


Frequently Asked Questions

What is your standardized test policy?

Albright College recognizes the diversity of learning styles within the student community. As part of our holistic approach to reviewing applications and, in commitment to providing access to a higher education to promising scholars, Albright does not require standardized test scores for making admission or scholarship decisions.
All international applicants must submit standardized test scores in order to assist with application review. We will accept TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT scores.

If accepted, when do I have to inform Albright that I will attend?

You have until June 1 to inform us of your intent to enroll.

When should I apply to Albright College?

We encourage all first-year students to apply early in their senior year.

What is rolling admissions?

At Albright College, we offer prospective students a larger window for application. Each application is reviewed shortly after all required documents have been received.

When should I complete FAFSA?

Need-based financial aid is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Historically, the FAFSA has been available beginning October 1st each year. However, because of significant changes to the application and the rebuild of the FAFSA processing system, the 2024-25 FAFSA will not be available until sometime in December 2023. Updates on an exact date will be posted here when announced.

 

Learn More

There’s so much to love about Albright. And we can’t wait to tell you about it all. If you’d like to know more about our curriculum, campus life or organizations, fill out a request form. Or better yet, visit us in person.

 

Accepted Students

Congratulations on your admission to Albright College! As an accepted student, your next step is to submit your deposit and complete your application for financial aid. The links below will provide you with the resources you need. If you have any questions, please call us at 610-921-7700 or email your Admissions Counselor.