A large class of academically-minded first year and transfer students are joining the Albright College community, moving into residence halls August 25-28. A full slate of Welcome Weekend activities aim to help new students to remain active and acclimate to Albright’s inclusive college life.
Albright’s 476 incoming students consist of 418 first year students and 58 students transferring to Albright from colleges around the country. Globally, they are joining the Reading, Pa., community from 22 different states and four countries (Argentina, Ghana, Hong Kong SAR and Japan).
Academically talented, incoming students have remained focused on their academic achievements in high school, despite a disruptive pandemic. Forty-two members of Albright’s incoming students graduated in the top 10 of their high school’s classes, averaging six honors courses and three AP courses. More than 20% of them are eligible for Albright’s rigorous honors program. Nineteen members of the incoming class are Albright Shirk Scholars. More than 55% will be the first in their families to attend college.
Eighty five percent of this year’s ambitious incoming students plan to major in two areas of study. Top declared majors include business administration, psychology, biology, nursing and fashion. Thirty four percent will pair academics with NCAA varsity athletics.
An inaugural cohort of 15 first year students arrived on campus a day early, and will be housed together in a Global Scholars living learning community throughout their first year, while taking a series of courses together in the fall and spring semesters.
Albright’s class of 2026 boasts five sets of twins. Thirteen have parents or other family members who graduated from Albright. Fifty-eight percent are female and 54% are non-white.