Alma, founded in 1886, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Its 100-acre campus is within walking distance of downtown Alma, 40 miles from Saginaw.

Website: www.alma.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,426
Undergraduate
Students
(56.9%) 811 Women
(43.1%) 615 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
64% of 4,728 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.53
SAT Math
510-600 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
574 average
520-630 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
23 average
20-27 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$54,021
Tuition and Fees
$40,258
Room and Board
$10,998
Average Percent of Need Met
75%
Average Freshman Award
$32,849
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$39,081
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Other
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
99
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 44% of classes
20-29 students: 21% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Alma Population
9,281
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Lansing
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
95% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Scots
Sororities
18% of women participate
Fraternities
22% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.4% Asian
3.4% Black/African-American
5.1% Hispanic/Latino
3.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
78.4% White
7.6% Unknown
International Students
1.8% from 10 countries
First-Year Students Returning
76.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
56.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
63%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
24.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 3  
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies 3  
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required September 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
614 West Superior Street
City, State, Zip
Alma, MI 48801-1599
Phone
(989) 463-7139
Fax
(989) 463-7057
E-mail
admissions@alma.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$25
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
64% of 4,728 applicants were admitted
Women
66% of 2,801 applicants were admitted
Men
60% of 1,927 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
416 (14%) of 3,026 admitted students enrolled
Women
236 (13%) of 1,862 admitted students enrolled
Men
180 (15%) of 1,164 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.53
3.75 and Above
36%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99
14%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
510-600 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
2%
Score of 600 - 700
26%
Score of 500 - 600
55%
Score of 400 - 500
16%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
574 average
520-630 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
6%
Score of 600 - 700
33%
Score of 500 - 600
47%
Score of 400 - 500
14%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
23 average
20-27 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
7%
Score of 24 - 29
37%
Score of 18 - 23
54%
Score of 12 - 17
2%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 18%
Top quarter: 25%
Top half: 84%
National Merit Scholar
0%
Valedictorian
2%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$54,021
Tuition and Fees
$40,258
Room and Board
$10,998
Books and Supplies
$500
Other Expenses
$2,265
Payment Plans
Installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning December 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002236
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
393 (97.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
361 (91.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
361 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
55 (17.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
75%
Average Award
$32,849
Need-Based Gift
Received by 359 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $31,249
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 301 (79.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,381
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 52 (16.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
43 (11.0%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $25,183

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,272 (91.6%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,170 (92.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,164 (99.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
131 (11.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
71%
Average Award
$30,376
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,162 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $29,329
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 948 (80.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,062
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 127 (10.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
211 (15.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $22,924

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
84%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$39,081
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
17.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans, Alternative loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
1,311
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Dance, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
300
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Religious Involvement
Number of Awards
13
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Members of Minorities, Out-of-State Students, Siblings of Current Students
Number of Awards
394
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,200
Academic Calendar System
Other
Summer Session
Not offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Finance, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • History, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Most Popular Disciplines
Health professions and related sciences, Business/marketing, Education
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
99
Part-Time Faculty
59
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
52%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 25% of classes
10-19 students: 44% of classes
20-29 students: 21% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 39% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 50% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 11% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Not accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Not available

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
396,270
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
410
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Alma Population
9,281
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Lansing
Campus Size
128 acres

Weather

Temperature
13.3 average low in January, 78.2 average high in September
Rain
140 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
Alma
Nearest Train Station
50 mile(s) from campus in Lansing

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
95% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
5%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Not available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Scots
School Colors
Maroon and cream

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Bowling x      
Cheerleading x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Wrestling     x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Bowling x  
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football    
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Wrestling    
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Bowling    
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football x  
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Wrestling x  
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, alma ambassadors, alma college union board, alma college otaku gamers (acog), student congress, alpha phi omega
Sororities
18% of women participate
Fraternities
22% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,426
Women
811 (56.9%)
Men
615 (43.1%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,376
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.4% Asian
3.4% Black/African-American
5.1% Hispanic/Latino
3.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
78.4% White
7.6% Unknown
International Students.
1.8% from 10 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
76.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
56.1%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
65.8%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
67.6%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
63%
Average Starting Salary
63%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
24.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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