With its strong academic offerings in economics, political science, business administration, premedical sciences, and education, it's no wonder students brag that “Alma College takes pride in preparing students for graduate/professional school or for entering directly into the work force." Here “out-of-class experiences account for a good portion of your education," as during the month-long spring term which is “designed to encourage overseas travel so [students] are more culturally aware." Throughout the year, Alma “encourages extracurricular involvement while maintaining academic excellence" with the goal of encouraging students to “take responsibility, become leaders, and be academically

Overview

Applicants
2,338
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.53

GPA Breakdown

38%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
470 - 568
SAT Math
453 - 555
ACT Composite
21 - 27

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Overall

With its strong academic offerings in economics, political science, business administration, premedical sciences, and education, it's no wonder students brag that “Alma College takes pride in preparing students for graduate/professional school or for entering directly into the work force." Here “out-of-class experiences account for a good portion of your education," as during the month-long spring term which is “designed to encourage overseas travel so [students] are more culturally aware." Throughout the year, Alma “encourages extracurricular involvement while maintaining academic excellence" with the goal of encouraging students to “take responsibility, become leaders, and be academically and socially challenged to excel." The curriculum here stresses a broad liberal arts education: “It's all about preparing well-rounded students, not just those who are experts in one field," one student explains. Class sizes “are small enough to have an in-depth discussion," and as a result “the one-on-one access to professors is amazing." One premed student describes the benefits this way: “I'm applying to medical school right now and had no problem coming up with a dozen professors whom I feel know me well enough (academically and personally) to write letters of recommendation."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12.1:1
Total Faculty
154
with Terminal Degree
94

86
Men
68
Women
15
Minority
6
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
80%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Karen Magnuson
Editor, VP, Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY

Kim Taylor
President, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Clearning, IL

Elizabeth Parkinson
Senior VP, Detroit Lions

Gary Peters
U.S. Senator

Steve Meyer
President, Welch Allyn

John Giesy
Internationally known environmental professor

Hugh Brenneman
Federal District Court Judge, Grand Rapids

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
81
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,110

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,473

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,959

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,389

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
79%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,119

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$33,825
Required Fees
$395
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$4,745
Transportation for Commuters
$804

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need SEOG
Need State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

The typical Alma undergrad “is hard-working and studies a lot," in part because “most are planning on going on to graduate school and many of those are going into the medical field." Otherwise, many here agree that “there is not one typical student. One-third of the campus plays sports so you have a lot of jocks. But one-third is also in the arts. The school [has] only 1,300 [students] but for its size there are a lot of people with different interests. The nice thing is that at a small school you can be the football player [who] is in a school theatre production." The population here "is very accepting of the relatively large number of sexual minorities" but "tends to be very politically liberal, leaving conservatives/libertarians a little left out. Students tend to be accepting of different lifestyles and beliefs on the whole,” however.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,396
Out of State

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
13

Demographics

1.52%
Asian
3.34%
African-American
3.70%
Hispanic
84.26%
Caucasian
3.84%
Unknown
1.02%
International

55% female
45% male
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview

“Everyone is really involved" at Alma, with “people generally rushing from one meeting to the next on weeknights. Being at a small school is great because you can be involved in a variety of things and assume leadership positions in several organizations." Undergrads here “love community service and just getting involved in the community in things such as the after-school program at the elementary school and middle school, Relay for Life, and the community soup kitchen." The school's popular Greek organizations get in on the act; they “are very service-oriented." Hometown Alma “is nothing to write home about," so “people find creative ways to have fun" in and around campus. “Fortunately, Mount Pleasant is only fifteen minutes away and Lansing is only forty-five minutes away."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
93%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
79
First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
63

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
The documentation must come from a licensed or credentialed professional qualified to diagnose the stated disability and it must include: A clear diagnostic statement that describes how the condition was diagnosed, provides information on the functional impact, and details the typical progression or prognosis of the condition. A description of the diagnostic criteria, evaluation methods, procedures, tests and dates of administration, as well as a clinical narrative, observation, and specific results. Information on how the condition currently impacts the individual and a description of any expected changes in the functional impact of the disability. A description of current and past accommodations, services and/or medications. Recommendations for accommodations , adaptive devices, assistive services, compensatory strategies, and/or collateral support services.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
The documentation must come from a licensed or credentialed professional qualified to diagnose the stated disability and it must include: A clear diagnostic statement that describes how the condition was diagnosed, provides information on the functional impact, and details the typical progression or prognosis of the condition. A description of the diagnostic criteria, evaluation methods, procedures, tests and dates of administration, as well as a clinical narrative, observation, and specific results. Information on how the condition currently impacts the individual and a description of any expected changes in the functional impact of the disability. A description of current and past accommodations, services and/or medications. Recommendations for accommodations , adaptive devices, assistive services, compensatory strategies, and/or collateral support services.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
81
Number of Honor Societies
20

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
4

43% join a fraternity
38% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

35% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Scots)
14 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Scots)
14 Sports

Basketball
Bowling
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Central Michigan Univ.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
14

Average Number of PC's per Lab
24

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Macintosh volume purchasing

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Melissa Gustavison
Visit Coordinator

Address
614 W. Superior St.
Alma, MI 48801-1599

Phone
989-463-7791

Email
admissions@alma.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Library
Stone Center for Recreation
Hamilton Dining Commons
Remick Heritage Center
Hogan Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Movie theatres (Alma or Mt. Pleasant)
Walmart, Meijer's stores
College Corner Coffee and Books
Mancino's - restaurant
300 Bowl
Within 45-minute drive from major shopping malls, snow skiing, golf courses.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m.-noon
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
When appointment is scheduled.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@alma.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Alma College is easily reached by airplane with service through Capital City Airport in Lansing (50 miles from campus) or MBS International Airport in Saginaw (35 miles from campus). Amtrak serves Lansing/East Lansing as well.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From West take M-46 east of US-131 40 miles; from East take M-46 west of Saginaw 35 miles; from north and south take US-127 to M-46 West exit: at Alger Rd. (Big Boy Restaurant at intersection) continue south on Business 127. The road name becomes Wright Avenue; at third stop light, turn right onto Superior Street. The College is on your right.

Local Accommodations
$45 per night and up. National motels such as Best Western, Comfort Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Microtel and Super 8, along with some locally owned motels and a few Bed and Breakfasts are available within 20-25 mile radius.
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Key Stats

2,338
Applicants
1,396
Size
72%
Acceptance Rate
1020
SAT Scores

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