Alma College

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614 W. Superior Street

Alma, MI 48801-1599

Phone: (989) 463-7111
2013-2014 Tuition
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#126 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Alma College is a private institution that was founded in 1886. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,464, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 125 acres. Alma College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 126. Its tuition and fees are $32,785 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

At Alma College, you will find students who are open-minded, ambitious, generous, creative, adventurous and motivated to do their best. A residential college located in the middle of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, Alma College offers a personalized education with multiple paths and experiences leading to success. You may create new knowledge through academic research, expand your horizons through a global experience, supplement your academic work with service to others or internships, or pursue artistic or athletic opportunities. A deep regard for students as individuals is fundamental to an Alma education, with small classes and many opportunities for one-on-one collaboration with dedicated faculty. No matter how your Alma experience unfolds, you will become a leader poised for professional and personal success. Alma's mission is "to prepare graduates who think critically, serve generously, lead purposefully and live responsibly as stewards of the world they bequeath to future generations."

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1886
Religious affiliation Presbyterian
Academic calendar 4-4-1
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $96,751,711


When applying to Alma College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Alma College is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 71.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 71.9%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Alma College is 12:1, and the school has 67.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Alma College include: Business Administration, Management and Operations; Biology, General; English Language and Literature, General; Health and Medical Administrative Services; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 50%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration, Management and Operations 17%
Biology, General 10%
English Language and Literature, General 10%
Health and Medical Administrative Services 9%
Psychology, General 7%

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Student Life

Alma College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,464, with a gender distribution of 45.3 percent male students and 54.7 percent female students. At this school, 90 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 10 percent of students live off campus. Alma College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,464
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Alma College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Alma College also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Alma College, 48 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Alma College.

Students who have cars on campus 48%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Alma College, 83.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,594.

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Tuition and fees $32,785 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,266 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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