|Religious affiliation||United Methodist Church|
|Students||1654 (all undergraduate)|
|Location||Adrian, MI, USA
|Campus||Small town, 100 acres (0.4 km²)|
|Colors||Black and Gold
Adrian College is a private, co-educational liberal arts college conferring Bachelor's degrees in 40 academic majors and programs. The college is located in the city of Adrian, Michigan, a drive of approximately 45 minutes northwest of Toledo, Ohio, or 45 minutes southwest of Ann Arbor or 90 minutes southwest of Detroit. The 100 acre (0.4 km²) campus contains newly constructed facilities along with historic buildings. The college features a variety of athletic programs as well as a theatre department. Adrian college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States. The fall 2010 enrollment was 1,654 students. The student center is Caine.
The college had its origin as a theological institute founded by Wesleyan Methodists at Leoni, Michigan, in 1845. This institution merged with Leoni Seminary, another Methodist school, in 1855 to form Michigan Union College. In 1859, that institution closed and its assets were transferred to Adrian to establish Adrian College. The college was chartered by the Michigan Legislature on March 28, 1859, under the first president of the college, abolitionist Asa Mahan. In the early stages of the American Civil War the college volunteered itself as a base for the formation of Michigan regiments for the Union side. The current Valade Hall building sits on the site of the former base camp for these soldiers.
On June 30, 2005, Stanley P. Caine retired after 16 years as president of Adrian College. The next day, Jeffrey Docking became Adrian College's 17th president, after serving as a vice president at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. Since arriving at Adrian, Docking has introduced many plans to revitalize Adrian College and its campus, including construction of new buildings, renovation of old ones, and programs related to athletics. Many of these initiatives are grouped under his "Renaissance I and II Projects" and include the new facilities such as: Arrington Ice Arena, a Multi-Sport Performance (Football) Stadium, Ritchie Marketplace (Dining Hall) Expansion, Athletic Training Laboratory & Human Performance Lab, College View North Apartments, Indoor Baseball & Softball Practice Facility, Terrace at Caine Student Center, and a new Grounds and Maintenance Facility. The college has also undertaken extensive renovation projects which include: the renovation of Rush Hall into a state-of-the-art million dollar multimedia facility, Robinson Planetarium renovations, Peelle 207 Lecture Hall, Spencer Hall Center for Music, Downs Hall (the oldest and most historic building on campus) and the current renovation and upgrade of Jones Hall (Business) and Peelle Hall (Science).
Docking's initiatives and related changes have caused some controversy. The decision to introduce mandatory four-year residency for all students "to raise funds" is a departure from previous policies. At a town hall-style meeting between students and administration concerning the drastic changes in housing policy, the Dean of Student Life declared that the new policy was essential because Adrian College had been in imminent danger of closing, thus rendering any Adrian degree "worthless." In contrast, deposits for fall 2007 exceeded 550 by July 2007.
The college is making renovations and expansions to the Science, Business, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts departments.
- Greek system: Greek life on campus includes five nationally recognized fraternities: Alpha Tau Omega, Pi Kappa Alpha, Theta Chi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Tau Kappa Epsilon. There are three nationally recognized sororities: Alpha Phi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, and Chi Omega.
The institutes include the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Institute for Health Studies, Institute for Study Abroad, Institute for Ethics, and the George Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy.
Adrian College athletic teams, nicknamed the "Bulldogs," are part of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III. The men's NCAA Division III hockey team is a member of the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association. The men's lacrosse team is part of the Midwest Lacrosse Conference, and once the men's volleyball team achieves full varsity status in 2015–16, that team will join the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League. Adrian College is the third college or university to offer women's hockey as a varsity sport in Michigan. In 2011, the College reached an agreement with the federal Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, resolving complaints that the College had violated Title IX. The College was found guilty of eleven violations of the law that governs gender equality, and agreed to make several changes to its athletic programs. Adrian College offers the following varsity sports:
- Basketball (Men / Women)
- Bowling (Women)
- Cheerleading (Co-ed)
- Cross Country (Men/Women)
- Dance Squad
- Golf (Men / Women)
- Ice hockey (Men / Women)
- Lacrosse (Men / Women)
- Soccer (Men / Women)
- Synchronized skating
- Tennis (Men / Women)
- Track & Field (Men/Women)
- Volleyball (Men/Women) – Men's volleyball is currently a club sport under the university's athletics umbrella, but will be elevated to varsity status for the 2016 season (2015–16 school year).
- Wrestling (Men/Women) - to be reintroduced in 2015 after a 31-year hiatus
Adrian recently expanded its athletic programs, in the 2007-2008 Academic Year NCAA Division III men's and women's ice hockey was added along with men's Division I and Division 3 club hockey, synchronized skating and NCAA Division III men's and women's lacrosse. The Bulldog's lacrosse program, is the first varsity program in MI since the induction of Title IX. Women's bowling was added for the 2008-2009 year.
Men's ice hockey
The men's Division III team received national attention on the eve of Selection Sunday of the 2007–08 season on ESPN's "The Sports Reporters" as Mitch Albom, columnist from the Detroit Free Press, used his closing remarks to highlight the remarkable ride of the hockey team's season (their first at the NCAA level). The team finished 26-3 and did not make the NCAA Division III Tournament. The 2008 Baseball team won the Mideast Regional championship claiming the first regional title in the program's history and for any team at Adrian College. They are also the first representative team from the MIAA in the national tournament.
College football has been a part of the history of Adrian college since 1892, when Hillsdale College defeated Adrian by a score of 56–0. The first head football coach on record was E. E. Tarr in 1903. Since then, the program has won 16 conference championships, the first in 1911 and the most recent in 2012. The head coach is Jim Deere who took over in 2010.
Intramurals are part of Adrian College and the athletic department. Some of the intramural teams include Flag Football, 5-on-5 Basketball, Coed Volleyball League, Broomball, Coed slow Pitch Softball, 7-on-7 Soccer, 8-on-8 Dodgeball, 6-on-6 Wiffleball, and 3-on-3 Basketball.
Hail Adrian! -Hail, hail to Adrian- the home of the black and gold!- cheer, cheer for Adrian- lift high your voices, proud and bold,- "Go, dawgs go!" -Fight, fight for Adrian- and champions again we will be!- our heroes will score, and the crowd will roar,- "Another bulldog victory!"
The fight song was written by Adrian alumni Darin McNabb. The fight song made its debut on October 6, 2007 when the Adrian College football team took on Olivet College in a tight battle for that homecoming evening.
Bruiser the Bulldog is a live mascot that Adrian College adopted on December 14, 2009. Bruiser's hometown is Bristow, OK. He was born on September 20, 2009. His caretaker is Adrian's Janine Grier. His official introduction to the college was on January 22, 2010 at the men's varsity hockey game.
- Lucien Baker, United States Senator from Kansas (1866)
- Virgil Bernero, mayor of Lansing and the 2010 Democratic nominee for Governor in Michigan (1986)
- John E. Bird, member of the Michigan Supreme Court (1892)
- Deena Katz, Certified Financial Planner and president of the investment firm Evensky & Katz (1972)
- Rube Kisinger, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers
- James Laird, former Republican U.S. Representative of Nebraska's 2nd congressional district
- Mike Lewis, defensive end for the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League (2006).
- John Maulbetsch, College Football Hall of Fame member (1911)
- Mike Rogers, current Republican U.S. Representative of Michigan's 8th congressional district (1985)
- Henry C. Smith, former Republican U.S. Representative of Michigan's 2nd congressional district (1878)
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