Academic Updates, Athletic Department Information and the Bookstore

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First-Year Students: Update on Academic Classes for First Year Students

As President Johnson recently announced, Albion College will utilize a module system for the Fall semester. Additional information was recently released regarding the module system, first year seminar classes and early fall courses.

Module System

In a module system, the semester will be split into two halves: Module A and Module B. Each module will last for seven weeks and students will enroll for two classes per module. Module A will run August 24 through October 8. Following a brief final exam period, you’ll immediately begin two new classes in Module B which will run October 13 through November 24. By the end of the semester, you will have completed four classes and earned a total of 4 units for the semester. We encourage you not to think about the modules as separate academic terms. Instead, think of the modules as two complimentary parts of one distinct semester.

First Year Seminar Course Combinations

In Module A, all first year students will enroll in a Learning Community with a First-Year Seminar (FYS) as its centerpiece. First-year seminars aim to create a stimulating learning environment by exploring subject matter of special interest to your faculty members. While the seminar sections have different topics, all seminars are designed to nurture academic competencies you’ll need to be successful throughout your college career. They also seek to build a strong sense of community both within the classroom and across the college. In the module system, your FYS will be paired with a second class designed to compliment your FYS section. You will take both classes primarily in person, with the same group of classmates in both classes developing that learning community.

The full list of FYS Learning Communities will be made available to you in the July 8th Summer Orientation newsletter. When you receive next week's newsletter, you will be asked to review the list of seminar sections and their paired class and select four preferences. We guarantee to place you in one of your four preferences for a seminar and accompanying class combination for the Module A portion of the semester. For a description of the First-Year Seminar program, please view our First Year Seminar Introduction video.

Early Fall Courses

President Johnson has announced that Albion College's first early-fall courses will be offered this July and August. Please see the listing and course descriptions for the .5 unit courses being offered from the week of July 6 through the week of August 3.

The .5 unit for these courses will be part of your units for the fall semester. Remember you cannot go over 4.5 units total for the semester without petitioning for the overload and paying additional tuition. If you would like to take one of the courses, please use the link provided below for the course and register using that link.

There are a limited number of spots available so you may only sign up for one early-fall course. Registration will be open through Monday, July 6, with add/drop through Friday, July 10.

Please contact the Registrar's Office if you have any questions about the courses or the registration process.

Transfer Students: Update on Academic Classes for Transfer Students

As President Johnson recently announced, Albion College will utilize a module system for the Fall semester. Additional information was recently released regarding the module system, transfer seminar classes and early fall courses.

Module System

In a module system, the semester will be split into two halves: Module A and Module B. Each module will last for seven weeks and students will enroll for two classes per module. Module A will run August 24 through October 8. Following a brief final exam period, you’ll immediately begin two new classes in Module B which will run October 13 through November 24. By the end of the semester, you will have completed four classes and earned a total of four units for the semester. We encourage you not to think about the modules as separate academic terms. Instead, think of the modules as two complimentary parts of one distinct semester.

Transfer Seminar Course

Transfer students will enroll in a Seminar Course that will be taken during Module A. These seminar sections will be composed of fellow transfer students and will serve as a transition class to Albion College. Transfer students will select a Seminar course during their academic advising meeting.

Early Fall Courses

President Johnson has announced that Albion College's first early-fall courses will be offered this July and August. Please see the listing and course descriptions for the .5 unit courses being offered from the week of July 6 through the week of August 3.

The .5 unit for these courses will be part of your units for the fall semester. Remember you cannot go over 4.5 units total for the semester without petitioning for the overload and paying additional tuition. If you would like to take one of the courses, please use the link provided below for the course and register using that link. There are a limited number of spots available so you may only sign up for one early-fall course. Registration will be open through Monday, July 6th, with add/drop through Friday, July 10.

Please contact the Registrar's Office if you have any questions about the courses or the registration process.

First-Year Students: Transfer Students: Briton Student Athletics

Albion College has been hard at work ensuring that all students have the best experience in the fall. Our number one priority is the safety of all of our students. This is no different within our athletic department preparing for student athletes. We are working diligently with our athletic conference, the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, to create a schedule for the 2020-21 academic year. While we do not have any finalized schedules yet, we are moving forward with our Briton student-athletes to make sure they are prepared to practice and play.

NCAA Compliance Requirements

As part of that preparation to practice and play, the NCAA and Albion College requires the completion of compliance forms before a student athlete will be allowed to begin practice. Below you will find a list of all of the forms that you will need to complete in order to be eligible to practice.

NCAA Forms

  • Albion College Student-Athlete information
  • NCAA DIII Form 20-3c Student-Athlete Statement (not needed for Equestrian)
  • NCAA DIII 20-3f Drug Testing Consent (not needed for Equestrian)
  • NCAA DIII Form HIPAA Buckley Amendment 20-21 (not needed for Equestrian)
  • Albion College FERPA forms
  • NCAA DIII form summary of regulations (not needed for Equestrian)
    • Part one is for all student-athletes to read
    • Part two is for NEW student-athletes ONLY to read
  • Student-Athlete Transfer Form (REQUIRED FOR TRANSFERS ONLY)

Albion athletics 220x300Note:In addition to the above list, You must complete the Student Athlete Athletic Training Pre-Participation Requirements detailed in the section below.

This year's NCAA forms are still being developed, but are anticipated to be released very soon. Once those forms are made available, the Albion College Athletic Department will send email messages to each student athlete’s individual email address in July. This email will contain a help sheet and instruction video on how to complete these forms if you are 1) first time accessing your Front Rush account and need to complete a profile or 2) have accessed Front Rush before to fill out forms. NCAA compliance forms must be completed by August 3 for Fall Sports and by August 24 for Winter and Spring Sports.

If you have any questions please contact the athletic department at or Melissa Walton, Senior Associate Athletic Director at .

Athletic Training Pre-Participation Requirements

Prior to being cleared for practice, each student athlete must complete the following requirements:
  • Physical
    • Every Student-Athlete must have a Physical done prior to competing in Athletics
    • ​​​​​Form can be found here and has also been distributed to you by your coach
  • Create a Sportsware Account
    • There is an instructional video located here to help you accomplish this
  • Take a Concussion Test
    • The same instructional video will show you how to take this test
    • The Code is: V75Y7W2P1S
All Athletic Training Pre-Participation Requirements must be completed by July 31. Questions? Email Andy Lawrence, Head Athletic Trainer .

First-Year Students: Transfer Students: Athletics Announces New Varsity Sports

The Athletic Department is pleased to announce that Albion College will be adding three new sports to begin competition during the 2021-22 academic year. The College will bring back men’s wrestling after a more than 40-year absence and will be adding women’s wrestling and esports.

The addition of men’s wrestling not only means that Albion will be bringing back a storied program, it also means that Albion now sponsors all sports that the MIAA Athletic Conference hosts championships for in both men's and women's competition. It also means that we are adding two athletic programs that are rapidly expanding throughout the country in women’s wrestling and esports.

If you are interested in learning more about joining the men’s wrestling, women’s wrestling or esports teams, I hope you will fill out this quick survey to receive more information as it becomes available. It will take only a moment or two!

First-Year Students: Transfer Students: Bookstore Information

The staff of the Albion College Bookstore would like to welcome you to the Albion College Family! Attached is an overview presentation which will outline information on the services available to you from your bookstore. As a welcome to campus, please use the coupon code included in the presentation to save on your first general merchandise purchase from our website (www.albion.bncollege.com).

textbooksYou will be receiving your academic schedule later this summer. Once you have received your schedule, ordering your books for classes is easy. For the health and safety of our customers and employees, we will be directing our textbook sales through our website only as our textbook aisles will be closed to in-person shopping. You will simply need to visit our website with your academic schedule in-hand and click on "Textbooks" in the navigation bar. Our website will then ask you to input your course information by selecting a term (i.e. Fall 2020), Department (e.g. BIOL), Course (e.g. 195), and Section (e.g. 01) for each course on your schedule. Once you have input all of your courses, you will click the "Find Materials" button at the bottom of the page and all of your required and recommended materials for each of your courses will populate. You can then see all of your purchase/rental options with pricing and choose which items you would like to add to your cart for purchase. Through the checkout process, you can select "in-store pick-up" and we'll have your books bundled and ready for you to pick-up at the bookstore when you arrive on campus.

As always, we are here to help! If you have any questions after perusing the bookstore presentation, please do not hesitate to contact the bookstore directly at (517) 629-0305 or .
 

First-Year Students: Transfer Students: 11 Things To Do Before Staring College (COVID Style)

You only have a couple months left before your new life as an Albion College student begins! We know that with social distancing requirements this year's summer activities might look different than in the past, but that doesn't mean you can't still have fun! Check out this list of 11 things to do before starting your college career!