Albright College Honored on Regional 'Best Of' Lists
Aug. 11, 2014
Reading, Pa. – Albright College has been named one
of the top colleges in the Northeast, and one of the top fashion design and top fashion merchandising schools on
the East Coast.
The Princeton Review, an education services
company known for its test prep and college guides, named Albright as one of
the 225 "Best Northeastern" colleges, part of its online feature
“2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The Princeton Review assesses schools
for academic excellence, compiling the list based on student surveys, data
collected through its administrator surveys, and the opinions of its staff and
of counselor advisers.
Albright has been named one of the best
colleges in the Northeast since 2004.
The 2015 list recognized Albright
for its commitment to interdisciplinary education, small classes,
discussion-based learning and high level of student involvement. One Albright
student surveyed said the College's "academic approach attracts students
who 'value being unique and following your own path. We are able to fit
together, because we respect and reward individuality.'"
Albright students also
lauded the College for its great facilities and ongoing efforts to improve
campus buildings. This includes the recently renovated Science Center and the
new John K. Roessner III ’61 Hall: The
Center for Business and Civic Leadership at Albright College, set to open this
Gregory Eichhorn, Albright's
vice president of enrollment management and dean of admission, said, "This
recognition validates Albright's continued commitment to a liberal arts
curriculum and experiential learning opportunities that prepare our graduates
for an ever-changing job market."
In total, The Princeton
Review recognized 646 colleges and universities in four regions, representing
just 25 percent of the nation’s approximately 2,500 four-year colleges. The
Northeast region stretches from Maine to Maryland. Schools in the Region by
Region feature are not ranked.
This past spring, Albright was named
one of the top 20 fashion design schools and one of the top 15 fashion
merchandising schools on the East Coast, according to Fashion-Schools.org.
The website, which
provides resources for students seeking information on fashion schools, ranked
11 for fashion merchandising and No.
17 for fashion design on the East Coast, which is defined as the region
stretching from Maine to Virginia.
Fashion-Schools.org cited Albright for
its unique programs, variety of tracks of study to pursue, including
Merchandising, Design & Merchandising, Fashion Design and Costume Design,
and program highlights that include the Fashion Department’s annual fashion showcase; opportunities to contribute to
Albright’s fashion publication, Fashion Lion; and “the very successful
Fashion & Costume Internship program.”
Albright students have interned for
Anna Sui, Anthropologie, Donna Karan, Gucci, Isaac Mizrahi, Marie Claire,
Michael Kors, QVC, Troika Entertainment and the Totem Pole Playhouse and have
worked seasonally at the Utah Shakespeare Festival Co. Students also have the
opportunity to visit such fashion meccas as New York, Paris, London and Florence.
Fashion department chair Doreen
Burdalski said Albright’s ranking on the East Coast list is a great honor,
especially in a region known for its fashion prowess. The ranking, she said, is
a testament to the strength of the fashion program, which is set apart by its
great internship and experiential opportunities, small class size, and
individualized attention and mentorship from faculty with decades of industry
“Our fashion students also benefit
tremendously from the College’s deep-rooted liberal arts tradition, as they are
exposed to various disciplines and are encouraged to combine their fashion
interests with other fields of study, such as communications in the pursuit of
a career in fashion media,” said Burdalski.
Fashion-Schools.org’s 2014 rankings
considered hundreds of schools in the United States that offer programs geared
toward fashion design, fashion merchandising, fashion marketing, retailing and
related degrees. The criteria for ranking included academic reputation,
admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, value as
it relates to tuition and indebtedness, and geographic location. Rankings were
based on school surveys and other publically available information.
This is the second time in as many
years that Albright has been honored by Fashion-Schools.org. In 2013, the first
year the website produced these lists, Albright ranked No. 18 for fashion schools in the East.
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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