Adrian College

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110 S. Madison Street

Adrian, MI 49221

Phone: (517) 265-5161
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#19 Overall Score: 71 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Adrian College is a private institution that was founded in 1859. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,767, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Adrian College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 19. Its tuition and fees are $30,758 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Our distinctiveness begins from our mission: "Adrian College, a liberal arts College in the United Methodist tradition, is committed to the pursuit of truth and to the dignity of all people. Through active and creative learning in a supportive community, students are challenged to achieve excellence in their academic, personal, and professional lives, and to contribute to a more socially just society." More recently, our Ribbons of Excellence grew from this. In 1887, the seniors presented a cane, symbolic of leadership and hard work, to the junior class officers. It has been handed down every year since, and each class attaches a ribbon. In 2007, our academic community adopted the idea of the ribbons to represent standards of excellence. These new "ribbons of excellence" are: 1) Caring for humanity and the world: making socially responsible decisions; providing service to local and global communities; interacting positively with persons of diverse cultures and backgrounds. 2) Learning throughout a lifetime: continuing to ask important questions; pursuing knowledge in each new age; remaining open to new learning experiences. 3) Thinking critically: developing critical habits of mind; exploring multiple points of view; raising thoughtful questions, identifying problems and solutions. 4) Crossing boundaries and disciplines: developing literacy in multiple fields; personifying the liberal arts experience; making connections across disciplines. 5) Developing creativity: engaging in creative arts; developing creative talents and skills; recognizing and employing figurative expression. These permeate our campus culture, especially on Ribbons of Excellence Day as campus and community convene to celebrate scholarly and creative activities of our students.

Adrian College offers numerous enriching educational experiences. Almost one quarter of students study abroad. Many academic programs require internships or practicums, giving students opportunities to apply their studies in real-world situations. Many courses are designed around service learning. Examples include Biology students assisting the River Raisin Watershed Council, Teacher Education students tutoring at local schools, and Business students consulting for local non-profits. All majors require a Capstone Experience, where seniors synthesize years of learning into a single project. We have been the recipient of several Fulbright Arabic Scholars, enriching our language offerings and campus culture. Adrian College is proud to participate in Operation Education, a program that helps wounded veterans earn an education.

Adrian College is experiencing tremendous growth through its Renaissance campaigns, which continue to transform our teaching, learning, and scholarly environments. Renaissance I brought new athletic facilities, including a multisport performance stadium and ice arena, and new programs, including a marching band and the Athletic Training Program. Renaissance II is bringing innovative educational opportunities. For example, Rush Hall was transformed from an old bookstore to the home of the Communication Arts and Sciences program, complete with new media studios, sound rooms, and editing labs, and we have invested in several technology initiatives, including smart classrooms, digital library resources, Blackboard, and a significant increase in our Internet capacity. Renaissance II also prompted the creation of Institutes, which integrate theoretical and practical learning in distinctive ways. These are the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, the Institute for Health Studies, the Institute for Study Abroad, the Institute for Ethics, the George Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy, the Institute for Education, and the Institute for Creativity. Institutes promote interdisciplinary learning, seek unique opportunities for students, give a platform for student-faculty collaboration, and foster projects that benefit our campus culture.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1859
Religious affiliation The United Methodist Church
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $24,607,079


When applying to Adrian College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62.7 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 62.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Adrian College is 9:1, and the school has 68.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Adrian College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Visual and Performing Arts; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 70.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 48%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20%
Visual and Performing Arts 14%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 10%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 8%
Education 7%

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Student Life

Adrian College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,767, with a gender distribution of 53.7 percent male students and 46.3 percent female students. At this school, 86.2 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 13.8 percent of students live off campus. Adrian College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,770
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Adrian College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Adrian College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Adrian College, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Adrian College.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Adrian College, 86.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,462.

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Tuition and fees $30,758 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,238 (2013-14)
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