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Are you ready to experience the benefits of an Albright College education? Terrific! We make it easy to apply for admission.

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  • We encourage you to apply early in your senior year.
  • Admission to Albright is on a rolling, non-binding basis. This means that applications are reviewed shortly after all necessary documents have been received, and that you have until May 1 to inform us of your intent to enroll.
  • Need-based financial aid is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA becomes available on October 1 of your senior year. All applicants are encouraged to complete FAFSA application after October 1st in order to receive a financial aid award letter by the middle of November.

  • Your high school transcript
  • Your SAT or ACT score (optional)
    • The Test Optional Supplement form is available for applicants who feel their test scores are not reflective of academic ability and do not wish to include their test scores with their application. Students who plan to waive their standardized test scores should refer to the Standardized Test Waiver Policy below.

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.

    • 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. (Your teacher may either write a letter or use the form linked here.)
    • 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

 

Dates and Deadlines

Deadlines are important, and the schedules below allow you to get the information you need in a timely manner. They also allow Albright to make sure your transition from applicant to student is as seamless as possible. We look forward to hearing from you throughout these schedules and be sure to contact the Office of Admission if you find yourself falling away from these schedules.

Fall Enrollment

Application Deadline April 1
Financial Aid Deadline April 1
Admission Notification Rolling (starting in September)
Financial Aid Notification Rolling (starting in October)
Student Response Deadline May 1

Spring Enrollment

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

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Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

For over 150 years Albright has worked to remain an affordable choice that provides access for exceptional students seeking a rigorous, interdisciplinary, private, liberal arts education. Albright College offers an aggressive financial aid policy that makes it a leader among similar private colleges in the region. This commitment empowers families to choose Albright based on academic and extracurricular opportunities.

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Scholarships and Award

High achieving students with demonstrated leadership and commitment to service add to the Albright community in significant ways. To reward those students for their good work, Albright offers a variety of Scholarships and Awards. All Scholarships and Awards are renewable in each semester of a student’s four-year degree as long as the student remains in good academic standing and in compliance with Albright’s Student Code of Conduct.

All students who apply by March 1 will be considered for the Scholarships and Awards listed below. Winners of Scholarships and Awards will be notified at the time of acceptance, or soon thereafter. It is not necessary to apply for need-based financial aid in order to receive a scholarship or award.

Accepted students can receive only one Scholarship. Awards and need-based aid may be in given in addition to a Scholarship.

Founders Scholarships, in the amount of $32,000 per year, are offered to students with outstanding academic records. Founders Scholars generally rank in the top five percent of their graduating class and demonstrate strong leadership skills and a commitment to service.

The Shirk Scholarship, ranging from $28,000 to $32,000 per year, is awarded to the top applicants from high schools in Berks County. Shirk Scholars demonstrate their quality through academic performance, a commitment to service, and leadership in their school and community.

Presidential Scholarships, ranging up to $28,000 per year, are offered to students with excellent academic records. Recipients generally rank in the top twenty percent of their class and demonstrate a commitment to school and community involvement.

Albright Scholarships, ranging up to $23,000 per year, are offered to students with strong academic records. Recipients generally rank in the top forty percent of their class.

North 13th Street in Reading, Pennsylvania is noted in a 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 Gang Scholarship, in the amount of $15,000 per year, 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.

Through a generous grant from the National Science Foundation, Albright College awards 11 scholarships to incoming freshmen who intend to pursue a STEM major with a focus on environmentally related issues. Students will receive up to $22,500 over four years. The ACES Scholarship requires an application in addition to the application for admission. Additional information can be found here. Please send questions to ACES-NSF@albright.edu.

Awards

Albright College enjoys a rich history of excellence in the creative arts. To celebrate our commitment to this history, Albright has created the Creative Promise Program. This innovative endeavor is dedicated to the ongoing mentorship and development of our most creatively gifted students throughout their undergraduate career at Albright.The centerpiece of the Creative Promise Program is the Creative Promise Awards Initiative. Members of the faculty invite incoming students to interview/audition for renewable grants (up to $5000 per year). Students selected will demonstrate both outstanding creative talent as well as a serious commitment toward student leadership. Students awarded these grants on the basis of their interview/audition/portfolio submission and who accept membership into the Creative Promise Program will see the continuation of their grant as long as they remain active in the their area. Each department at Albright has their own criteria as to what “participation” entails.  See the Maintaining Your Creative Promise Award in each section.

Please note that students receiving these awards are free to pursue any major they wish and that these grants are independent of merit scholarships and need-based financial aid.

Creative Writing
Fashion and Costume Design
Journalism
Music
Theatre
Visual and Digital Art

Enrolling Students who are children, grandchildren, or siblings of Albright College students or graduates are eligible for an annual award of $3,000. Candidates for the Legacy Award must indicate legacy status in their application prior to an offer of admission.

In recognition of its affiliation with the United Methodist Church, Albright offers United Methodist Awards of $1,000 per year 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.

Meet the Counselors

Photo of Jenn WilliamsonJenn Williamson, Director of Admission- Berks County

Photo of Nicole ChristieNicole Christie, Associate Director of Admission- New York, International and Transfer Students

Hello! My name is Nicole Christie, and I am the Admission Counselor responsible for transfer applications, international applications and applications that come from students living in New York. 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.

Photo of Marguerite DeLucasMarguerite DeLucas ‘14, Admission Counselor, Assistant Softball Coach- Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Southern Pennsylvania, and Florida

Hello, my name is Marguerite DeLucas and I counsel students who live in Western Pennsylvania, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Southern Pennsylvania, as well as the state of Florida!

I graduated from Albright College in 2014 with a Bachelors of Arts in Crime and Justice. While a student, I was a four-year member of the field hockey and softball teams, as well as a representative for the Conferences department.

Outside of the office, I enjoy hiking with my dog, rooting for the various Philadelphia sports teams, spending time with my family, and competing in slow-pitch softball tournaments. Along with being an Admission Counselor, I am also an Assistant Softball Coach here At Albright!

I strongly encourage all of you to visit our beautiful campus, as a visit is one of the most essential pieces to the college search. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions about the College or the application process specifically; I am here to help! Connect with me at 610-921-7700 and at mdelucas@albright.edu.

Photo of Katie DerethKatie Derreth, Admission Counselor- Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Southeast U.S. (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee)

Hello! My name is Katie Derreth and I am the Admission Counselor for the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas! I am very excited to work with you and to help find your home at Albright College.

I graduated in May 2017 from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelors in Science degree in Business Administration. While at school, I was a member of the swim team and very involved in the Business Department, Admissions Office, and other activities. Through this involvement, I found my passion for working in higher education and with students, and I am very excited to be a Lion!

Since studying abroad in college, I discovered a love for travel and take adventures whenever possible. I also love dogs, being outside, finding new series on Netflix to watch, baking, and spending time with family and friends.

I am excited to help you along on this new journey. I encourage everyone to come visit our beautiful campus to get the full Albright experience and learn what it would be like to be a student here. I am here to help, so please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you might have!

Detterline photoMark Detterline, Admission Counselor- Long Island, New York, Northern New Jersey, New England, Western US

1-800-252-1856
mdetterline@albright.edu

Hello! My name is Mark Detterline and I will be your contact throughout the admission process if you live in Long Island, NY, Northern, NJ, and states West of the Mississippi River!

Albright holds a special place in my heart. Growing up in the city of Reading, attending elementary school across the street from campus, and breaking my arm on Albright’s own Kelchner Baseball Field, I feel especially attached to Albright’s campus and everyone on it.

After graduating from Lehigh University in 2016 with a BA in Political Science, I jumped right into the world of sales. Fate would have it that I found myself back on the campus I spent so much of my childhood on, only this time working to make sure incredible students such as yourself find the right fit here at Albright.

In my spare time, I am as deeply involved in the community, as my schedule will allow, coaching swimming at Reading High School, officiating water polo throughout the area, and volunteering on the Youth Aid Panel through the Berks County Juvenile Probation Office. Admittedly, I still lifeguard at Schlegel Park Pool on weekends in the summer so that I can work on my tan.

If there is anything I can do; if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at mdetterline@albright.edu.

I look forward to seeing you soon. Go Lions!

Photo of Hillen GrasonHillen Grason, Assistant Director of Admission, Coordinator of New Student Outreach, Private high schools in Berks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and the state of Delaware

I came to Albright as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach in June 2013. In August of 2014, I began working in the Admission Office as well.

As an Assistant Director of Admission and Coordinator of New Student Outreach, I provide day-to-day support to the rest of our admission staff. I also oversee all strategic communications, including email marketing, student search, and data analytics of our communications across all platforms.

In 2010, I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from Penn State University. When I am not working, I am usually working out, watching sports, or spending time with my fiancée Brittany, and daughter Adalee.

Photo of Alexis JenofskyAlexis Jenofsky ‘17, Admission Counselor- Philadelphia, PA, Montgomery County, PA, and Delaware County, PA and Delaware

Hi there! My name is Alexis Jenofsky and I am the Admission Counselor for Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Delaware County, PA and the state of Delaware. If you are from these areas, I will be working with you throughout the application process and traveling to high schools and college fairs in your area. I am looking forward to meeting you!

I graduated from Albright in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. During my time at Albright, I was quite involved in numerous clubs and organizations as well as studying/interning abroad twice! Thanks to Albright, I have done more than I imagined four years ago.

Albright is a college of opportunity! I highly encourage you to visit our beautiful campus and take a tour with one of our amazing tour guides. Don’t forget to say hi!

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me through e-mail at ajenofsky@albright.edu or by phone at 1-800-252-1856. I look forward to working with you throughout your college search and selection process!

Photo of Amanda OsterlindAmanda Osterlind ‘15, Assistant Director of Admission, Central and Southern New Jersey

Hello there! My name is Amanda Osterlind and I counsel student from my home state of New Jersey, specifically Central and South Jersey. I am very excited to work with students from across the country to find their home in Albright College.

I graduated from Albright in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Family Studies. While on campus, I was an active member in a number of clubs and organizations. I stand firm in my belief that Albright College is the place to get involved, take on leadership roles, and find life-long friends through campus involvement.

When not in the office, I serve as an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the Men’s and Women’s Swim Team on campus. While my passion for swimming keeps me at the pool most days, I also enjoy staying active by training in the Schumo Center gym and competing in triathlons!

For the past seven years, Albright College has served as my home away from home and will continue to do so for many years to come. I am excited to assist other students in their journey of discovering Albright College. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me!

 

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