Founded in 1856, Albright College offers a flexible curriculum, close faculty mentorship, and numerous experiential learning options—all designed to help students exceed their own expectations.
Learn to relate to people from different backgrounds at one of the most diverse colleges in the country, all while being encouraged to cross or combine majors to create an individualized academic program without taking longer to graduate.
After graduation, Albright alumni discover that their median income levels outpace the earnings of graduates from most other private and public colleges. They will have gained deep problem solving skills that take them confidently into any career and discover their full potential.
- 51% personalize degrees
- 92% live on campus
- 43% out-of-state students
- 97% receive financial aid
- 50% non-white
- 58% female
- 30% student-athletes
- 12:1 student-faculty ratio
- 50+ Majors and 150+ personalized combination of majors
Get to know Albright College
With aspirations to own a public relations firm focusing on women-owned businesses, Thania Inoa De Jesus is a first-generation Albright College student studying business and communications while minoring in Spanish and art. Her employment as a campus ambassador and peer tutor, alongside positions with the Goggleworks Center of the Arts and State Farm, didn’t stop Thania from taking part in a study abroad experience in Spain or leading several campus groups, including the Visual Arts Organization, World Affairs Club, Arts Magazine, and Hispanic Culture Club.
“As a first-generation college student, I understand that I have an advantage that my family did not have; therefore it is important for me to make a difference,” said Thania. “I want to be able to help women through advertisement, product design, website design and more.”
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 26%
White, non-Hispanic: 48%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 2%
Albright students are challenged to see the world in different ways by professors who are dedicated mentors and experts in their fields. In fact, more than half of Albright’s students personalize their degrees by crossing or combining majors.
And with a close-knit community like Albright, students get to know their professors on an individual basis. Students in all programs are encouraged to work one-on-one with faculty mentors through programs like the Albright Creative Research Experience (ACRE). They can also complete coursework and engage in travel while being led by faculty to such locales as Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hawaii, and more.
“As I was conducting that research at the Albright Early Learning Center, I remember thinking, ‘this is what I want to do,’ and I realized this was a new pathway that I hadn’t thought about before.” – Sarah Hohl, child development and Spanish major
“Albright’s my family. The people here look out for you. Albright is a unique community and understands that all the students who attend are unique, too. Don’t just find a school. Find family.” – Autumn Blalock, theatre and psychology co-major
THRIVING ON CAMPUS
Albright is a supportive, 24/7 residential community with more than 70 student groups, honor societies, clubs, Greek life, and a variety of affinity houses, with each offering opportunities for leadership and service. More than 30% of undergraduates participate on Albright’s 24 varsity athletic teams, all of which prioritize the quality of the educational experience and successful degree completion. And through Albright’s four-year shared community living experience, students are supported through a campus-wide effort to enhance their social, intellectual, and interpersonal growth. Such an effort has been shown to result in better grades and outcomes.
There are a large number of cultural and academic “Experience Events,” on campus as well, ranging from lectures and exhibitions to concerts and nationally recognized theatrical performances.
“Without a doubt, Albright [Theatre] has had an enormous amount of success in the last 15 years,” says Gregg Henry, artistic director of the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. “I’ve been around the block, and have seen all of the festival productions since 2000. And I look forward to what Albright brings to festivals each year, because they set the high bar for others.”
Ranked a “Best Place to Live” and “Best Place to Retire” by U.S. News & World Report, Reading is a medium-sized city in Berks County, Pennsylvania, offering festivals, concerts, professional sports, nature, and artistic adventures. Albright College is located in the city’s historic northeast College Heights neighborhood. Learn more.
More than 30% of Albright students participate on one of the college’s 24 varsity sports teams, ranging from football to eSports. The red and white Albright Lions are part of the historic Division III Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). An additional 10% of students participate in club and/or intramural sports.
The college’s indoor athletic facilities include the Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-Being, the Bollman Center (gym), the Scholl LifeSports Center (indoor, four-lane track and field facility with practice courts for basketball, tennis, and other athletic teams), and a six-lane Natatorium (pool)—home of the championship Albright men’s and women’s swim teams and open to the college and local community for aqua-aerobics, aqua-jogging, and open swim. Shirk Stadium (turf/track), dedicated in 1925 and home to the Albright Lions for over 90 years, received major renovations in 2005, turning it into one of the top Division III football stadiums in the nation. See more Albright Lion athletic facilities here.
“The research I am doing is connected to my future plans, as it involves an organism that is related to another organism that causes a disease in Africa. I really want to focus on medicine and drugs that are able to affect those types of organisms, and essentially benefit public health.” – Jaquan Harley, biology major
FACILITIES FOR SUCCESS
Albright’s library is being transformed into a Student Success Commons and Library to further support emergent technologies and new ways of learning, teaching, studying, and researching. The college’s dedicated Office of Student Success is complemented by a wide range of mentors and programs dedicated to helping students succeed, including the Academic Learning Center, Experiential Learning & Career Development Center, accessibility services, and the Title III program offices.
PREPARED FOR ANYTHING
Albright graduates gain deep problem-solving skills to go confidently into any career and discover their full potential. That’s exactly why a major national study shows that, after graduation, median income levels of Albright alumni far outpace the earnings of graduates from most other private and public colleges. The college has even been recognized for enrolling and seeing economically disadvantaged students through to graduation via the U.S. News & World Report’s list of Top 40 National Colleges for Social Mobility. Albright is a staple on the Princeton Review’s Best Colleges in the Northeast list and regularly ranked by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education as a Top National College. Having reduced tuition significantly in 2020, Albright has also been ranked a Best College for Financial Aid by Lend EDU.
Albright has a long history in pre-professional preparation, boasting a 90% acceptance rate to medical school. Its Domino Players theatre company is also nationally recognized nearly every year for performances that span a range of classics and lesser-known works.
Ready to exceed your own expectations? Visit Albright Admission on the web to apply, request information, or learn about tuition and scholarships (including the full tuition, room, and board Davis Scholarship). Take a virtual or in-person tour here.
High school students are encouraged 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 June 1 to inform Albright of your intent to enroll.
Tuition & Cost
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. As part of Albright’s holistic approach to reviewing applications and, in commitment to providing access to a higher education to promising scholars, the college does not require standardized test scores for making admission or scholarship decisions; however, all international applicants must submit standardized TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT test scores in order to assist with application review.