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Adrian College

School Summary
110 S Madison St
Adrian, MI 49221
(517) 265-5161
Degree Type:
Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree
Campus Setting:
Town: Distant
Campus Housing:

About Adrian College

Adrian College is a private, traditional four-year liberal arts college related to the United Methodist Church. It is located in Adrian, Michigan, 45 minutes from Ann Arbor and 90 minutes from Detroit. The town is approximately 15 miles southeast of the Irish Hills area of Michigan, known for its many lakes and rolling hills and home to the Irish Famine Memorial and Michigan International Speedway. The area is a popular spot for boating and recreation. Devils Lake, Round Lake, and Wamplers Lake are popular weekend destinations only a few miles away. History enthusiasts can visit the Cambridge Junction Historic State Park, the site of Walker Tavern, a major stopping place for stagecoaches traveling between Detroit and Chicago in the early nineteenth century.

Adrian College offers a four-year BA degree program in interior design. Courses include principles of residential and commercial design, history of architecture and interiors, and business practices. Students also learn technical drafting and rendering skills. The program includes an internship between the third and fourth year of study. The department brings in professional guest speakers for an inside perspective of the industry and plans trips to trade shows, architectural walking tours, and sites like the Art Institute of Chicago. The program is an excellent course of study for the pre-architecture program offered at Adrian, which is a cooperative 3-1 dual degree program with Washington University in St. Louis. In pre-architecture, students spend three years studying design science, mathematics and liberal arts at Adrian, followed by one year at Washington for specialized study in architecture to receive a BS degree. Another possible course of study for this program is studio art. The four-year program earns students a BFA degree. The studio art program offers a base in artistic creation and visual thinking. Students may choose from a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media for study, including painting, printmaking, photography, or electronic art. A professional internship is required for graduation.

All Adrian College applicants are considered for academic scholarships at varying levels, including the Trustee Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, and Dean Scholarship. A separate application is required for scholarships including the Academic Department Scholarship and the Alumni Legacy Scholarship. Additional scholarships are available through specific departments within the college.

Adrian is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The student to faculty ratio is 13:1. Available on-campus facilities include a 24-hour student center, a planetarium and observatory, and a sport and fitness center. The school offers more than 60 clubs and organizations and activities, including performance groups, intramural athletics, student government, publications, sororities and fraternities, religious groups, special interest clubs and honorary societies.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,