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Albright College Well Represented on National and Regional 'Best Of' Lists in 2013-14

College honored for the strength of its academic programs, its committment to a liberal arts education, and graduates' return on investment



March 31, 2014

Reading, Pa. – Albright College has garnered numerous regional and national honors this academic year, including designation as one of the top schools in the Northeast and recognition for offering one of the best music business programs in North America.

In August 2013, The Princeton Review named Albright one of the 226 “Best in the Northeast” colleges, citing its small, discussion-based classes, great facilities, school spirit and commitment to interdisciplinary education. The Princeton Review compiled the list based on several factors, including excellent academic programs and student surveys. One surveyed student said, “If you come to Albright and come to believe in Albright’s principles, you will have the opportunity to exceed any imaginable expectations in social life, academics, athletics and any other endeavor that you wish to be a part of.”

Two years after Newsweek named Albright one of the country’s top 25 schools for artistic students, Billboard magazine ranked the College’s music business program as one of the 35 best in North America. Listed in Billboard’s 2013 music education edition, Albright’s program was cited for combining “easily with concentrations in business administration, communications or digital media.” Billboard also lauded Albright for providing students the opportunity to study abroad in music industry programs at London Metropolitan University and Australia’s Victoria University, as well as national internship possibilities, and recent placements at Warner Bros. Records and EMI.

Rounding out the accolades this year, Albright was named one of the top 20 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania for lifetime return on investment, according to AffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC Online). Using information from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System, PayScale.com and the Carnegie Foundation, AC Online analyzed more than 400 Pennsylvania schools to identify the 81 it considers to be “high ROI colleges.”

With an ROI of $623,400, Albright placed 20th on the statewide list.

“Students who graduate from these colleges earn more over their lifetimes, on average, than graduates from other Pennsylvania institutions,” noted the company, which compiles information on college affordability and financial aid.

Albright officials credit the school’s liberal arts focus and interdisciplinary curriculum for instilling in graduates the skills that lead to workplace success.

“This impressive list of honors and recognition reflects the wide variety of ways in which the faculty and staff of Albright work hard to provide the best possible teaching and learning experience to benefit our students and to challenge them to reach higher,” said Albright College President Lex O. McMillan, III. “It is especially gratifying when colleagues and professional organizations beyond our campus recognize our strengths and accomplishments.”


Founded in 1856, Albright College is a selective, national liberal arts college enrolling 1,700 full-time undergraduates and more than 800 adult learners and graduate students. The College’s flexible interdisciplinary curriculum, strengthened by a close-knit residential learning environment, encourages students to combine majors and disciplines to create individualized academic programs. Close faculty mentorship, numerous experiential learning options, and a diverse, supportive community of scholars and learners help students exceed their own expectations and graduate with a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning. Albright College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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