Adrian College

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Adrian MI 49221 

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Adrian College

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Adrian College
Herrick Tower Adrian College.JPG
Herrick Tower
Type Private
Established 1859
Affiliation United Methodist Church
Endowment $37.8 million
President Jeffery Docking
Academic staff
Students 1654 (all undergraduate)
Location Adrian, MI, USA
41°53'56?N 84°03'30?W? / ?41.898951°N 84.058424°W? / 41.898951; -84.058424Coordinates: 41°53'56?N 84°03'30?W? / ?41.898951°N 84.058424°W? / 41.898951; -84.058424
Campus Small town, 100 acres (0.4 km²)
Colors Black and Gold
Nickname Bulldogs
Mascot Bruiser

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 2013-14 student headcount was 1,649 students.[1] 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.[2]


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).[3]

The details of Adrian College's growth since 2005 are chronicled in Dr. Jeffrey Docking's recently published book, "Crisis in Education: A Plan to Save Small Liberal Arts Colleges in America." [4]

The college is making renovations and expansions to the Science, Business, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts departments.[5]

Herrick Chapel
Shipman Library
Valade Hall


Adrian College offers over 40 majors and pre-professional programs:.[7][8] It also offers six graduate programs using a unique 4+1 structure for current students. Graduate programs exist in: Accounting, Athletic Training, Criminal Justice, Industrial Chemistry, Teacher Education, and Sports Administration and Leadership.

Over the past several years eight of the nine academic buildings were renovated, and fundraising is currently being undertaken on the final building, Mahan Hall for Art and Interior Design. The following renovations have taken place since 2008: Rush Hall for Communication Arts, Goldsmith Hall for Modern Languages and Cultures, Spencer Hall for Music, Herrick Chapel, Jones Hall for Business and Humanities, Peelle Hall for Mathematics and Natural Science, Valade Hall for social sciences and humanities, and a historic renovation of the oldest building on campus, Downs Hall for theatre, built in 1860.


Institutes are thematic centers focusing on areas of interest supporting the mission of Adrian College. As of 2015, there are eight iinstitutes including Career Planning, Creativity, Entrepreneurial Studies, Ethics, Health Studies, Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy, Study Abroad, and Teacher Education. Each institute provides programming to students, faculty, staff, and wider community.[9]


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.[10] Adrian College offers the following varsity sports:

Adrian recently expanded its athletic programs, in the 2007-2008 Academic Year NCAA Division III men's and women's ice hockey and men's Division I ACHA hockey was added, along with 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.


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.[11] The first head football coach on record was E. E. Tarr in 1903.[12] Since then, the program has won 16 conference championships, the first in 1911 and the most recent in 2012.[13] The head coach is Jim Deere who took over in 2010.[14]

Intramural sports

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.[15]

Fight song

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.[16]


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.[17]

Notable alumni

Sources: Google Maps, The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Wikipedia, Yahoo! Answers

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