Albright College

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Albright College
Albright College seal.png
Motto Veritas et Justitia
Motto in English Truth and Justice
Established 1856
Type Private
Religious affiliation United Methodist Church
Endowment $52 million[1]
President Lex O. McMillan, III
Students 2,334
Undergraduates 1,700 traditional day and about 800 accelerated degree program and graduate students
Location Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Suburban
118 acres (48 ha)
Colors Red and White
Athletics 23 varsity/club sports[2]
Mascot Lion
Albright College logo.gif

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, United States.


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 1,700 undergraduates in traditional programs and about 800 students in Accelerated Degree Programs (ADP) and the master’s program in education. There are 10 ADP locations in Pennsylvania and a site in Mesa, Arizona.

Albright's hallmarks are connecting fields of learning, collaborative teaching and learning, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to create an individualized education. In 2011, more than half of students have a dual, combined or interdisciplinary concentration, with as many as 200 different combination in a given year.

The incoming class of 2017 included 675 freshmen and 37 transfer students, making it the largest freshman class in College history. The freshman class was 60 percent larger than the Class of 2016. Its size is attributed to several factors, including Albright’s strong academic reputation in the liberal arts and interdisciplinary learning. The College was also recognized as one of the best schools in the Northeast by The Princeton Review and was named one of the top 25 most artistic schools in the nation by Newsweek.

Also contributing to higher enrollment is Albright’s new financial aid policy to meet 100 percent of the institutionally determined need of its incoming freshmen. This policy is attracting many prospective students of limited financial resources, enabling them to focus on the College’s academic profile and programming and less on costs of attendance.

Albright does not require applicants to take the SAT or submit SAT scores: submission of these scores is optional.

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, there are a number of combined concentrations, for example, music business.


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 winning the ECAC Bowl Championship. In 2009, the football program made it to the NCAA National Quarterfinals and finished with a 11-2 record, the most wins in program history. 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. The Mens Golf team lead by Captain Brody Blessing has been spectacular the past few years just falling short of the MAC Conference Championship. The Men's team including Avery Jones, Sal Capelli, Ant Rusnak, Brody Blessing, and Joe Tenuta set the school record low score this semester totaling 289 (1 over par as a team) at the Penn State- Harrisburg annual tournament.

Notable individuals and events[edit]

Charles "Pop" Kelchner founded the Men's Basketball team in 1900 and was 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 as Kelchner Field 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. He then became MSU's athletic director and held that position for 18 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. He previously lead Washington State to 1916 Rose Bowl victory. In the NFL, Dietz had 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] He also served as the President of the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) in 1979-1980[7]

Fight song[edit]

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! Go Albright Lions, Go!

Alma Mater[edit]

These are the lyrics for Albright College's Alma Mater.

Come cheer Alma Mater, with song and with laughter And fling abroad her colors Red and White O'er hill, dale and valley, Now bid the echoes rally And sing aloud the praises of Albright

Hail! Hail! The Red and the White Hail Alma Mater with a cheer With eyes bright and glancing, The Red and White advancing, We'll sing the praise of Alma Mater dear

Hail! Hail! The Red and the White Hail Alma Mater with a cheer With eyes bright and glancing, The Red and White advancing, We'll sing the praise of Alma Mater dear


Albright's campus radio station, WXAC-FM is a student-operated college radio station serving the Berks County and Reading, Pennsylvania, area. The station broadcasts at 91.3 MHz on the FM dial at 219 watts 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[edit]

  • Lauren Ashburn, managing editor, USA Today Live[8]
  • Haps Benfer, All-American halfback selected as Albright's greatest athlete
  • Leo Disend, NFL player
  • F. Wilbur Gingrich, Greek scholar
  • Scott Hunsicker, General Manager of the Reading Phillies Baseball Team
  • Brent Hurley '01, YouTube co-founder[9][10]
  • Sheryl Davis Kohl, former member of Maryland House of Delegates
  • Harry Martin '73, co-anchor of My9 News at 10pm on WWOR-TV and anchor of Fox 5 News at 6pm on WNYW-TV[11][12]
  • Michael Matz, Hall of fame equestrian, trainer of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro
  • J.J. Dillon (real name: Jim Morrison), professional wrestler, manager, and executive
  • 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)[13]
  • David Quentin Voigt, baseball historian, author of five books on baseball history (American Baseball),[14] retired professor at Albright College
  • Kieran James Shea, crime/noir/fantasy sci-fi author (1987)

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.[15]


  1. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2012Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2011 to FY 2012" (PDF). 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  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. [dead link]
  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. ^ "NABC Presidents". 
  8. ^ "Biography: Lauren Ashburn, Managing Editor, USA TODAY LIVE". USA Today. May 15, 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
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  11. ^ "MYFOXNY.COM: Harry Martin Bio". Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  12. ^ Jerry Barmash (December 9, 2010). "A Day in the Life of Fox 5 and My9 Anchor Harry Martin". FishbowlNY. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ "New Mexico Athletics: 2003 Hall of Honor". Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Penn State Press: David Quentin Voight, American Baseball. Vol. 1". Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  15. ^ Post, Jennifer (Spring 1999). "It's a Small World After All". Albright Reporter 19 (2). p. 19. 

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