Adrian College is an undergraduate liberal arts school with approximately 1,600 students in attendance. It is one of three colleges located in Adrian, Michigan, a small town situated forty-five minutes from Ann Arbor and Toledo, and ninety minutes from Detroit. The school originated as a theological institute in Leoni, Michigan in 1845. Although Adrian distinguished itself as a separate degree-granting college in 1859, it has remained an affiliate with the United Methodist Church.
Adrian College is dedicated to social activism, so while their degree programs prepare graduates to obtain work, they also encourage students to utilize educational and professional resources to contribute to a more just and equitable world. This is written in Adrian’s mission statement and reflects their Christian values. Adrian’s teacher-student ratio is 13:1, and this small and intimate classroom setting provides individual attention, encouraging academic success. The school was honored in America’s “Best Colleges” as the #1 Up-and-coming school in the Midwest.
The College offers more than forty Liberal Arts majors, as well as several pre-professional programs. The most popular and well-recognized of these are Business, Management, Biology, Psychology, and Education. Students can choose from a wide variety of other majors including Journalism, Media Arts, Arts Administration, Social Work, Athletic Training, Marketing, Economics, and International Business and Studies, Interior Design, Mathematics, Music, Theatre, Teacher Education, and Philosophy. Students can enhance their education with a minor in Art History, Computer Information Systems, Public Relations, or Women’s Studies. Adrian offers pre-professional degrees in Architecture, Art Therapy, Law, Seminary, Engineering, and Health Sciences.
Students attending Adrian are encouraged to study abroad for either a semester or a year in counties such as India, New Zealand, Japan, France, Hong Kong, Austria, and South Africa. Faculty and staff have developed a special program unique to Adrian that enables study in two British cities, Oxford and York. In Oxford, students are immersed in Shakespearian theatre and study through lecture and discourse. They have the opportunity to meet and work with established European and American actors, and visit famous landmarks such as Stonehenge and Windsor Castle. In York, the focus is on Medieval studies and students have the rare opportunity for unlimited access to the archives and libraries of the largest medieval cathedral in Northern Europe, the York Minister. Scholarships are available for study abroad.
The tuition cost for the 2010-2011 academic year is $25,560. Most students take advantage of financial aid opportunities offered through the State of Michigan’s grants and scholarship programs, Federal Student Aid, and the College’s academic, fine arts, and full tuition scholarships. For the past three years, Adrian has ranked high in the U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges” in the category “Least Student Debt Load.”
Adrian does not offer distance learning at this time, however it is possible that they will in the future as the educational trend moves more towards the internet.