Alma College

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.

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Alma College
614 W Superior
Alma , MI 48801-1599
General Phone: (989) 463-7111

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Alma Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Science45biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Liberal Arts44German language, French language, Spanish language, English, museum studies, anthropology, anthropology courses, economics, international relations, ...
Business and Management32business management, international business
Medicine27health professions
Education and Teaching19elementary school teaching
Therapy and Counseling15psychology
Media13communication studies, digital communications
Music12music, various music studies
Art Studies6art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy5athletic trainer
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering1computer and info science, webmastering
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Alma in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree23034

Alma Student Body

In 2007-2008, Alma had a total enrollment of 1,355 students (1,322 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 93%
Black 2%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 47%
20-21 38%
22-24 11%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Alma Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %

Alma Room and Board (2007)

Alma offers campus housing for 1,113 of its 1,322 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Alma, Michigan for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Michigan Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Alma Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal518678
SAT Math528686
ACT Verbal2027
ACT Math2026
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT6%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT99%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Alma Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 24,850
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 24,850
Room and board $ 8,120
Room charge $ 4,000
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,120
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,460

Financial Aid:
Alma participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 223600)

Alma Faculty

Alma has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1011
Non-tenured and not on tenure track74

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year24$82,36814$65,035
Associate professoracademic year11$63,1716$56,384
Assistant professoracademic year12$53,27911$51,056
Instructoracademic year4$45,7314$41,406
All faculty totalacademic year51$68,50935$56,458

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Alma Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Alma Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching

Liberal Arts
Anthropology, Other
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Museology/Museum Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music, General
Music, Other

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Presbyterian Church (USA) affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
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checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
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