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Albright College
Motto Veritas et Justitia
Motto in English Truth and Justice
Established 1856
Type Private
Endowment $45.7 million[1]
President Lex O. McMillan, III
Students 1,650
Location Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Suburban
118 acres
Colors Red and White
Mascot Lion
Athletics 20 varsity/club sports[2]
Affiliations United Methodist Church

Albright College is a private, co-ed, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It was founded in 1856 and is located in Reading, Pennsylvania.



Albright College is a private college that offers a liberal arts curriculum with an interdisciplinary focus. Albright College is accredited by the Middle States Association, and offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, as well as a Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in education. The college also offers accelerated degree programs.

With a student/faculty ratio of 13:1, Albright College enrolls some 1,650 undergraduates in traditional programs, some 500 students in accelerated degree programs in nine locations and 100 students in the master’s program in education.

Albright's hallmarks are connecting fields of learning, collaborative teaching and learning, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to create an individualized education. By their senior year, about two-thirds of students have a dual, combined or interdisciplinary concentration. In 2007, students had more than 200 unique combinations of concentrations.

For the entering class of 2012, Albright received over 6,000 applications for a spot in the class consisting of approximately 500 students. The middle SAT for the incoming class was 1150-1300.


Albright offers liberal arts and pre-professional programs. The college emphasizes the ability of students to combine fields of learning to create individualized and interdisciplinary majors. Albright has focused on interdiciplinary learning for decades. It created the first undergraduate psychobiology program in the nation in the 1960s. The college also created the first undergraduate biochemistry program in the region.

The decades since have seen the creation of interdisciplinary programs such as child and family studies, environmental studies, optical physics (the only such program nationwide at a small college), and three Johnson Centers for Interdisciplinary Studies. In addition to 11 interdisciplinary areas of concentration such as psychobiology, biochemistry, crime & justice, and Latin American studies, students have the option of pairing any combination of concentrations.


The year 2006 marked the 150th anniversary of the founding of Albright College. The College dates its beginning to the founding of Union Seminary in 1856. The present Albright College was formed by a series of mergers with other institutions of higher learning founded in the 19th century by the Evangelical Association and the United Evangelical Church. Union and Schuylkill Seminaries were not theological seminaries, but three-year collegiate institutes.

Albright Collegiate Institute was founded in 1895, and became Albright College in 1898. Union Seminary, founded in 1856 and rechartered as Central Pennsylvania College in 1887, merged with Albright College in 1902. Schuylkill Seminary, founded in 1881, became Schuylkill College in 1923 and merged with Albright College in 1928.

Jacob Albright, after whom the College is named, was a Pennsylvania German evangelical preacher and the founder of the Evangelical Association (later the Evangelical United Brethren Church). Born in 1759 as Johannes Jacob Albrecht, his family changed their name to Albright after Jacob's death.

Albright College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The beliefs of the Evangelical Association and the Methodist Church were closely related. In 1968 the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church merged to become the United Methodist Church.


Albright College athletic teams compete in the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic Corporation. Albright's football team was ranked #24 in the country in the 2008 USA Today Division III preseason poll and followed this accolade by sharing a MAC Championship and ECAC Bowl Championship. Additionally, both its swim teams have a reputable name in Division III swimming, with the women's team being conference championships four years in a row. Albright men swimmers have also achieved NCAA provisional cuts over the years.


Notable individuals and events

Charles "Pop" Kelchner founded the Men's Basketball team in 1900 and Athletic director at Albright College for 21 years. He was involved in aspects of major league baseball for over 50 years. Albright College dedicated the baseball field in Pop's name in 1952. Branch Rickey gave the dedication speech; with Connie Mack in attendance. Kelchner was a graduate of Lafayette College with two degrees and was proficient in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Classical Latin and Greek. He served as Professor of Languages and Athletic director.[3]

Clarence Lester "Biggie" Munn got his first head coaching job at Albright College in Reading, Pa. in 1935. He held the position for two seasons. He is most notable for coaching at Michigan State University (MSU), from 1947-1953 then became MSU's athletic director. He held the position for eighteen years (1953-1971).

William "Lone Star" Dietz was the Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach at Albright from 1937-1942. Dietz led the football team to their first undefeated season in 1937. Previously lead Washington State to 1916 Rose Bowl victory. He coached the Boston "Redskins" (1933-1934), the forerunner of the Washington Redskins. Dietz is in the Albright College Athletic Hall of Fame.[4]

In 1948, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) and Albright College played the first intercollegiate football game between an Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) institution and a majority-white institution.[5]

Dr. Wilbur G. Renken was Athletic Director and basketball head coach for a remarkable 38 consecutive seasons. A highly regarded figure in collegiate athletics in general and specifically basketball, Dr Renken was the President of the United States Olympic Basketball Team Selection Committee for the 1976 Olympic games.[6]

Fight Song

The "Albright Fight Song" is the fight song for Albright College. The lyrics are:
Fight to win for Albright,
Knock them in for Albright,
And bring us the victory.

Wake another score, boys,
Wipe them in their gore, boys,
For Albright and victory.

Onward, onward, battle with the foe,
Forward, forward, the Red and White must go,

Fight to win for Albright,
Knock them in for Albright,
You must win the victory. FIGHT!


Albright has an on campus radio station, that broadcasts from the basement of the library. WXAC-FM is a student-operated college radio station serving the Reading, Pennsylvania, area. The station broadcasts at 91.3 MHz on the FM dial and is owned and operated by Albright College. WXAC is the only local station that provides Spanish-language programming to Berks County, with about 50 hours per week hosted by volunteer DJs from the local community.

Notable alumni

  • Lauren Ashburn, managing editor, USA Today Live[7]
  • Robert J. Beall, Ph.D., President and CEO, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Bill Dearden, former CEO of Hershey Foods
  • J.J. Dillon (real name: Jim Morrison), professional wrestler, manager, and executive
  • Jon Dough (real name: Chester Anuszak), pornographic actor and director[8][9]
  • Donald T. Floyd, Jr. (1973), President and CEO, National 4-H Council
  • R. Scott French, clothing designer
  • F. Wilbur Gingrich, Greek scholar
  • Brent Hurley (2001), YouTube co-founder
  • Sheryl Davis Kohl, former member of Maryland House of Delegates
  • Jeffrey Lentz, opera singer, Grammy Award nominee
  • Patrick Gibney, independent filmmaker and environmental activist.
  • Harry Martin (1973), co-anchor of My9 News at 11pm on WWOR-TV and anchor of Fox 5 News at 6pm on WNYW-TV[10]
  • George "Stormy" Petrol, played professional football for the Providence Steamrollers, coached at University of New Mexico for almost 40 years in four different sports (baseball, swimming, football and golf)[11]
  • Julia K. Terzis, M.D., renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon
  • David Quentin Voigt, baseball historian, author of five books on baseball history (American Baseball)[12], retired professor at Albright College

It should also be noted that in 1994, Craig Fass (1996), Brian Turtle (1995), and Mike Ginelli (1995) invented the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.[13]


  1. ^ "2007 NACUBO Endowment Study". Retrieved August 17, 2009.  
  2. ^ "Albright College Athletics Website". Retrieved August 17, 2009.  
  3. ^ "Baseball Reference Bullpen: Pop Kelchner". Retrieved August 17, 2009.  
  4. ^ "Lone Star Dietz Website". Retrieved August 17, 2009.  
  5. ^ "Vernon "Skip" McCain/UMES Football Reinstatement Fund Second Quarter 2007 Report". Retrieved August 17, 2009.  
  6. ^ "Olympic Review No. 105-106 July - August 1976". Retrieved August 17, 2009.  
  7. ^ "Biography: Lauren Ashburn, Managing Editor, USA TODAY LIVE". Retrieved August 17, 2009.  
  8. ^ "IMDb: Biography for Jon Dough". Retrieved August 17, 2009.  
  9. ^ "Filmsglobe: Jon Dough". Retrieved August 17, 2009.  
  10. ^ "MYFOXNY.COM: Harry Martin Bio". Retrieved August 17, 2009.  
  11. ^ "New Mexico Athletics: 2003 Hall of Honor". Retrieved August 17, 2009.  
  12. ^ "Penn State Press: David Quentin Voight, American Baseball. Vol. 1". Retrieved August 17, 2009.  
  13. ^ Post, Jennifer (Spring 1999), "It's a Small World After All", Albright Reporter 19 (2): 19  

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Coordinates: 40°21′36″N 75°54′43″W / 40.360°N 75.912°W / 40.360; -75.912


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