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Study at Alma College

Alma College was established in 1886 by Michigan Presbyterians. The sprawling college campus occupies 100 acres of land in Alma, Michigan. This private liberal arts institute offers bachelor's degrees in arts, science, fine arts, and music. Students can choose from over 20 academic programs in the fields of biology, health science, education, business administration, and psychology, among others. Several pre-professional programs are also available. The athletics department of Alma College sponsors men's and women's teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. The teams are nicknamed the Scots, and they participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III, and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Profile of Alma CollegeThe campus of Alma is in Alma, MI, which is a town not particularly near any major cities. Its Presbyterian Church (USA) nature is one of the defining aspects of the school. Alma is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at the school include, at the school's highest level, the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

Alma has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. The school is known for its programs in medicine, media, music, science, mathematics, art studies, and drama and performing arts.

Alma Selectivity

Admission at Alma is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 498. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 520 and 668. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.

The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Alma is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, the school had 1, 355 students enrolled (1, 318 full-time equivalent).

Student Life
Alma has a residential or campus feel. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Alma values student athletics, and belongs to the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The school reports its educational mission is:

"Alma College'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. " Alma Programs and Degrees
General CategoryGeneral CategoryMost Common Majors

Liberal Arts70history, English, Spanish language, political science, economics, sociology, international relations, French language, . . .
Business and Management42business management, international business
Science34biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics
Medicine21health professions
Therapy and Counselling17psychology
Media15communication studies, digital communications
Education and Teaching10elementary school teaching
Art Studies7art studies
Music7music, various music studies
Drama and Performing Arts7drama
Religion and Philosophy4philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering1computer and info science, webmastering
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy0athletic trainer
Contact: AlmaAlma College

614 W Superior

Alma, MI 48801-1599

General Phone: (989) 463-7111


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