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Albright College to Welcome Freshman Class


Aug. 14, 2014


Reading, Pa. – Albright College’s incoming freshman class, the second largest in its history, will move in Thursday, Aug. 21.

The 550-member Class of 2018 will push total traditional day enrollment to the 1,740 mark. The freshmen will be joined by an additional 45 transfer students.

The members of the Class of 2018 are drawn from 15 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Arizona, Kansas and California, and from nine foreign countries, including Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Macau, Mongolia, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. The Class of 2018 is approximately 40 percent ethnically/racially diverse.

The Class of 2018 includes seven students with siblings attending Albright and 12 students who have a parent who graduated from the College.

The new class also includes 26 students from Berks County high schools who were awarded Eugene L. Shirk Scholarships. Shirk scholars receive $70,000 to $100,000 over their four years. These students must complete 25 hours of community service per semester and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Applicants are evaluated in the areas of community service, involvement in high school, leadership potential, communication skills and academic ability.

Opening day events include:

Thursday, August 21

  • 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Freshman Move-In - Faculty, staff, students and alumni will help new students and their parents move belongings into residence halls.
  • 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Welcome Picnic – New students and their families will be treated to a picnic on the Administration Great Lawn (rain location – Dining Hall).  The festivities are sponsored by the Albright College Alumni Association.
  • 3 p.m. Convocation in the Bollman Center features an academic procession and freshman “pinning” ceremony.  

Welcome Weekend, held August 20 to 24, is led by upperclassmen, the Albright POPS (Peer Orientation Persons), who take the newcomers under their wings. The primary goal of the program is to acclimate new students to all aspects of Albright’s campus.

Returning students will move in on Sunday, Aug. 24. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 25.


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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