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A small school with a proud Scottish heritage, Alma College in Michigan strives to create a well-rounded student who "is an expert in one area but still has knowledge in many different subjects." The school works on a 4-4-1 academic calendar, which includes a month-long May term that is typically used for internships or travel classes. Alma offers plenty of avenues for volunteer work, as well as a plethora of "institutional resources for student research, service trips, and networking." "There are many opportunities to study in other parts of the country and world." Most academic programs prepare students for graduate work or their prospective career paths, and the relationships students form with faculty are "lasting and meaningful' and "provide outlets for a lot of research, internships, and connections."

Students say that their "extremely helpful" professors "expect a lot of work out of their students" and "are another special feature on our campus." The Alma College faculty "serve as a wealth of information" and "are more than willing to work with you on not only your academic issues, but personal issues as well." Support systems such as a wellness center, tutoring, and a writing center guide students toward graduation, and a First-Year seminar course gives students a chance to take a class outside of their major. To ensure that students are "fully aware of what is expected of them during their time at Alma College," the school also provides a mentor for each individual student as well as a Four Year Plan to "help guide them as they make decisions about scheduling and choosing a major/minor."

Student Body

The Alma College student body includes "a mix of students from all over the country, and the world." According to students, most are from middle-class backgrounds and enroll at Alma "with a desire and willingness to learn." The school "provides a comfortable place for every culture to stand out in a positive way," and students are "polite, cordial, and very involved within the school." Many students are "very studious" and Alma's challenging curriculum "forces students to try hard and not slack off." Students here are "friendly to newcomers and welcoming to the community" and "tend to have the idea that the busier you are, the better you are." Athletics are "extremely important to the campus community." Alma College's student population is "largely liberal but some students do bring other viewpoints to the classroom."

Campus Life

At Alma College, classes and studying eat up a lot of the hours during the week, but "once you get into your major most of your classes will be at the same time each semester so you get into a routine that is pretty easy to follow." On weeknights "it is common to go to a sporting event as a study break to cheer on peers" (intramural sports are also very popular). Everyone at Alma "tends to be over-involved" and participates in at least two school organizations or clubs. There is an "active Greek life" at Alma that "interacts heavily with the community and on campus." Hometown of Alma, Michigan is "quite small so there isn't a lot to do here" though students say the bowling alley and movie theater are a welcome distraction. Otherwise, people keep busy with the "usual student stuff" in a small town: "Playing games, Netflix, music, [and] card games."

Overview

Applicants
4,695
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average HS GPA
3.51

GPA Breakdown

36%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
420 - 590
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 593
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
403 - 620

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11.7:1
Total Faculty
163
with Terminal Degree
105

86
Men
77
Women
16
Minority
6
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
56%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, other any instructional program in organizational communication, public relations, and advertising not listed above

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health and Wellness, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Gary Peters
U.S. Senator

Kim Taylor
President, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Clearning, IL

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
56%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


For a small, liberal arts college, Alma boasts an impressive lineup of major scholarship recipients. Forty-three Alma students have won awards totaling $1.9 million. These prestigious awards, like the Fulbright, Truman, Rhodes, and Marshall scholarships, are coveted by students at the nation's top institutions of learning, and some of Alma's success is certainly owed to its Committee on Nationally Competitive Scholarships. Committee members like Dr. Derick Hulme, who is the Nationally Competitive Scholarship Advisor, help match students to the awards that suit their strengths and guide them in curating the academic, research, and extracurricular portfolios that they'll need when applying for these competitive awards. "You don't suddenly become a Rhodes Scholar," Dr. Hulme explained. "It is a process." The Committee also helps Alma students who are finalists and semifinalists leverage that recognition and find appropriate postgraduate scholarships. With the Nationally Competitive Scholarship Committee's help, one very impressive student won a Udall Scholarship for students interested in public health, became Alma's third Truman Scholar, and ultimately the college's very first Marshall Scholar. From there she completed an accelerated program at the London School of Hygiene and Public Health before finishing a second master's degree at the London School of Economics. As Dr. Hulme explains, "This is an example of taking a student who had a general interest, exposing them to opportunities, and working in a very close, mentoring, hands-on way to help them realize their potential."

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,254

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,234

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,571

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
83%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$36,046

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,698

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$38,348
Required Fees
$420
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,002

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,642
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,451
Foreign Countries Represented
8

Demographics

1.27%
Asian
3.96%
African-American
4.95%
Hispanic
77.79%
Caucasian
7.85%
Unknown
1.41%
International

58% female
42% male
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
91%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

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

19% join a fraternity
20% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

34% 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
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Central Michigan Univ.

Sustainability


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

Campus Visits 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
Bookstore and Starbucks
Mancino's - restaurant
Pizza Sam
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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