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Through the Alma Commitment, we will work with you to plan a college experience that includes all the classes necessary to complete a degree in four years, to have practical experiences (such as internships and research opportunities) that will look great on your resume, to include other campus opportunities that are important to you (performing arts, athletics, Greek life, etc.) and to prepare you not just for your first career, but for all of your careers.

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    “Dual-enrollment gave me an opportunity to experience what college is like and allowed for a more natural progression into college.” — Mason Molesky

    <em>Mason Molesky, during a summer research experience at the NASA Research Center in California.</em>Mason Molesky, during a summer research experience at the NASA Research Center in California.Mason Molesky was familiar with Alma College before he enrolled as a first-year full-time student in Fall 2014.

    “I had the privilege to dual-enroll while in high school,” says Mason. “Dual enrollment gave me an opportunity to experience what college is like and allowed for a more natural progression into college.”

    After finishing high school in just three years, Mason began with sophomore standing. For his hard work in high school, he will be able to finish his undergraduate degree in just two and a half years.

    Mason wasted no time getting involved in many areas across campus. He is involved in seven campus organizations — Alpha Phi Omega, Barrister’s Society, Math Club, Chemistry Club, Biology Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club and Alma College Chorale.

    <em>Mason Molesky</em>Mason MoleskyIn addition, he is an international student mentor and a meteorite/asteroid research assistant in conjunction with NASA. He also volunteers at Community Café and Kid’s Night Out while while pursuing double majors in mathematics and physics.

    “My search for majors allowed me to explore a variety of interests and in the process find my passions,” he says. “Since taking Algebra I in middle school, math always came naturally to me. Since then I have known math would be an integral —get the pun? — part of my life.”

    Mason was unsure what he would be able to do with a mathematics degree alone and knew that he wanted to find a second subject to double major in. After wading through philosophy, education and business classes, Mason came to a realization.

    “I thought back to the good old high school years and remembered how physics was mostly math: essentially math with labels,” he says. “I signed up for a class, and a couple weeks later I was declaring physics as my second major.”

    <em>Mason Molesky</em>Mason MoleskyAs if he’s not busy enough, Mason also is working four on-campus jobs — Information Technology Services Assistant Network Specialist, Director of Access to College Education (ACE) Program, Mathematics and Computer Science Department Tutor and member of the Service Team.

    When asked what has been the most beneficial thing for Mason thus far at Alma, he was quick with a response.

    “Research,” he says. “It has not only prepared me for future research and been a resume builder for me, but it also has given me experience in presenting, interpersonal skills, and other professional skills. In addition, research is what graduate schools look for on a resume, and they might even approach you at conferences!”

    After Alma, Mason plans to pursue a doctorate in mathematics, physics or technology.

    “I am really happy with the opportunities that Alma has to offer me and the ability to have the time and resources to take to find my passions.”

     

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    “My team is always there for me. They help me through challenges during practice and with academics; they are my family here at Alma.” — Jade Paquin

    <em>Jade Paquin, second from left</em>Jade Paquin, second from left“I heard about Alma College through a friend who was already set on going here,” says Muskegon junior Jade Paquin. “She kind of dragged me along.”

    Paquin had initially planned on going to a community college and then transferring. Her campus visit changed that, and she decided to apply to see how much it would cost.

    Then her parents saw her acceptance letter in the mail.

    “They were like, ‘You’re getting this much money?’” she says. She went to another campus visit day — this time, with her parents.

    “They were like, ‘Yeah, we like it. We think that this is a really good fit,’” says Paquin.

    When she came to Alma, she ended up rooming with the friend who had brought her on the campus visit.

    “My dad went to community college, but he didn’t have the experience of living on his own,” she says. “It would have been nice to have someone relatable, like ‘living in dorms is like this, and classes are like this.’”

    That’s when a student on her competitive cheer and STUNT team introduced her to the King-Chavez-Parks Mentor Program. The KCP Program is for first-year students, including those who are among the first in their families to go to college.

    <em>KCP mentors</em>KCP mentorsStudents in the KCP program participate in a variety of events, including cookie decorating, movie nights and eating lunch with faculty mentors. They take trips to cider mills, baseball games and sledding hills. They also participate in Alma’s Relay for Life, financial literacy workshops, academic success seminars, service projects and meet-and-greets with speakers that come to campus.

    The best part about the program is having someone to go to with questions, which is especially valuable for first-year students, she says.

    “I like how it gives you another resource and person to go to that you don’t have to feel weird about asking,” she says.

    Paquin was a mentee her first year at Alma. Now she’s a mentor.

    “It was a three- or four-day training session,” she says. “We did a ton of team-building then, just so everyone knew how to work together and rely on another mentor to help with your mentees if you had any problems or didn’t know how to connect.”

    She was compelled to become a mentor because she understands the feeling of being homesick.

    “That was such a weird feeling because I was always the kid that was like, ‘I want to go to my friend’s house and stay there because I don’t want to be home,’” she says.

    “I just thought it was important to be there for someone else because I definitely experienced homesickness for the first time ever, and it was weird. I was like, ‘I’m sure I’m not the only one.’”

    Another aspect of the KCP program that Paquin likes is that there are plenty of activities for her to attend. The cheer team practices four days a week, competes on weekends and cheers at basketball games, so she can’t make every KCP event — and that’s OK.

    “A challenge is balancing schoolwork and other commitments with practice and competitions,” says Paquin, who is majoring in Integrative Physiology and Health Science and Healthcare Administration.

    One of the best parts about her cheer team: they have each other’s backs.

    “My team is always there for me,” she says. “They help me through challenges during practice and with academics; they are my family here at Alma.”

     

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    Ashley Davidson Mountfort builds connections around the world. Whether it’s marrying a Kiwi, keeping in touch with her Alma professors, or showing American students around New Zealand, Mountfort believes in the power of relationships.

    Ashley Davidson Mountfort in New ZealandAshley Davidson Mountfort in New Zealand“As hard as it is to go out of your comfort zone, it’s worth it,” says Ashley Davidson Mountfort , a 2012 graduate of Alma College.

    For Mountfort, that meant crossing time zones. She spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 2011. But it wasn’t her first time abroad.

    “I’m a Highland dancer,” she says. “There’s a Celtic arts program at my high school, and we went to Scotland in 2005 to compete.”

    She enrolled at Alma because of the Highland dance program. And she chose to study abroad in Dunedin because of its Scottish history and architecture.

    “You can read about a country or a culture in a wide variety of books, but the learning experience really doesn’t happen until you put yourself right in the middle of it,” says Mountfort.

    She became involved with a Christian group on the University of Otago campus, and that’s how she met her husband, Peren.

    “He was one of those people who said, ‘I will never go to America,’” says Mountfort. “Then he married an American. We were married in Alma, mainly for it to be accessible for my grandparents living in Cleveland to come up, but also, I really feel like I’ve established an extended family in Alma.”

    Ashley Davidson Mountfort in New ZealandAshley Davidson Mountfort in New ZealandMountfort and Peren now live in New Zealand. Her enthusiasm for helping visiting American college students navigate New Zealand led to a job doing exactly that. Mountfort kept in touch with her international admissions representative, who knew Mountfort’s love for showing students around. She saw an ad for a job at a study abroad company and suggested it to Mountfort, who applied on a whim and got it.

    “I meet the students at the airport, take them out for a welcome dinner, go over the local lingo, make sure they’re set up with their classes and some of the local knowledge, get them set up with their cell phones and other necessities, and tell them what stores are tourist rip-offs and what ones have good sales,” she says.

    She organizes day trips and weekend excursions for the students, and she has taken them to see glowworms, sheep farms and marae, which are traditional meeting places of the Māori people, the indigenous population of New Zealand.

    “I always really try to give as much support to the students as I can,” says Mountfort. “I absolutely love it; it doesn’t feel like work.”

    Her desire to support others is a reflection of the impact of her relationships with Alma faculty. One of these meaningful relationships was with Marlene Wenta, an instructor in Alma’s Integrative Physiology and Health Science Department. Wenta sparked Mountfort’s interest in cardiac rehabilitation, and now Mountfort is pursuing a master’s degree in that field.

    “When you see how much Alma faculty care about the students and the education that the students are getting, that really makes a difference,” says Mountfort.

    “I learned a lot about professionalism in my education at Alma, and also learned how to encourage others more,” she says. “I see how much that affected me, being encouraged, so I try to pay it forward and encourage others. Alma College really is a community; it’s a family.”

     

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    “Scuba diving … was like looking at a whole new world. Seeing what lies right below the surface was like an awakening, and it was then that I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life studying this world and protecting it.” — Anna Foltz

    Not many undergraduates can say that they have conducted research on shark behavior and conservation, but Alma College student Anna Foltz can — and in Fiji, of all places!

    Foltz, a senior from Saginaw, and other members of her off-campus study class scuba-dived with sharks multiple times a day in July 2014. She also did a research project focused on sharks’ feeding behavior.

    “For the course, we completed advanced dive training as well as traditional schoolwork,” says Foltz. “We had daily class sessions where we learned shark biology, behavior, conservation and more, coupled with field research.

    “This course was very helpful as it provided me with advanced experience diving with sharks and a solid introduction to performing marine behavioral research,” she says.

    Diving with sharks may seem adventurous, but the students were never in danger. They were closely supervised by the dive company crew and escorted by “body guard” divers. In addition, the trained sharks were “conditioned” to not breach certain sections of the coral wall.

    “The sharks were curious, but they never displayed aggression toward us,” she says.

    Foltz found her passion for marine ecosystems and conservation during a spring term class in her sophomore year at Alma.

    “I went on Dr. John Rowe’s Hawaii trip,” she says. “Scuba diving on this trip was like looking at a whole new world. Seeing what lies right below the surface was like an awakening, and it was then that I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life studying this world and protecting it. If I hadn’t gone on this trip, my future would look very different.”

    During her four years at Alma, Foltz has double majored in biology and anthropology and minored in environmental studies.

    She received the Currie Scholarship, by which she studied the Ronald Kapp collection in the Alma College library. She then used his data to develop archaeological hypotheses of where Paleo-Indian peoples may have lived in the Alma College Ecological Station (the Vestaburg Bog).

    She plans to pursue graduate studies of the population dynamics in sharks, skates and rays and the ecosystem collapse that results from their removal. Her research would aid in recommending conservation policy to protect further decline in populations as well as save the ecosystem from total collapse.

    “The opportunities available through the biology and anthropology departments and the ability to study abroad have all culminated in making me an extremely well qualified candidate who will be very competitive in my field of study after graduation,” she says.

     

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    “Everything I have learned about chemistry, I learned at Alma. Some of the graduate students I worked with over the summer now use the techniques I brought with me from Alma in their own research labs.” — Sarah Cox

    Sarah CoxSarah CoxSarah Cox ’15 faced a tough choice when she was finishing up her senior year. The biology major received graduate school offers from the Ph.D. programs at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, the University of Notre Dame and Purdue University.

    After some deliberation, Cox chose the doctorate degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan, where she earned a full graduate assistantship to cover all tuition costs for the program.

    Cox credits her research experiences at Alma for making her stand out to the top graduate schools in the Midwest.

    During her time at Alma, Cox participated in the University of Michigan’s material chemistry research program, funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates program. She helped to discover a new molecular gelator using computational methods to predict possible gel forming molecules. She then synthesized and screened for successful gelators.

    Cox also participated in five semesters of on-campus research, beginning in her sophomore year, working with organic synthesis of prostaglandin inhibitors.

    “Everything I have learned about chemistry, I learned at Alma,” she says. “Dr. Scott Hill taught me a lot of lab skills and tricks that he learned through his experience. Some of the graduate students I was working with in the summers now use techniques I brought with me from Alma in their own research labs.”

    Sarah ultimately would like to be a professor at a small liberal arts college much like Alma or enter into a career in the chemical industry after she is finished earning her doctorate degree.

    “If I become a professor, I would present the information in the same manner that I learned it at Alma,” she says. “Classes made sense to me, and I was excited to learn more about the topics and get more involved in doing actual research on these topics.”

    Outside of the lab, Cox also was a member and captain of the Alma College cheer and STUNT teams. She also worked as the student operator for the facilities office and a chemistry tutor and teaching assistant, sharing her knowledge with other students on campus. 

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    “Throughout my life, I’ve always had mentors [who] led me down the right path. Since they took their time to help me throughout my process of growing up, I feel like I should be doing the same thing for others.” — Fabrice Constant

    <em><strong>Fabrice Constant, far left, with classmates and faculty member Dale Sanders at the National Institutes of Health.</strong></em>Fabrice Constant, far left, with classmates and faculty member Dale Sanders at the National Institutes of Health.It’s not easy being the first in one’s family to go to college. Fortunately, Fabrice Constant had plenty of mentors to help him along the way — and that’s why he’s doing the same for others.

    “Originally, I wanted to go to a big school, but I basically view it as you’re just a number there,” says Fabrice. “At Alma, you are an individual where a professor knows your name, knows what you are about and has an idea of what you want to accomplish.”

    At the encouragement of several Alma faculty members, Constant got involved with the King-Chavez-Parks Mentor Program, which pairs first-year students with both peer and faculty and staff mentors.

    Students in the KCP Program do everything from pumpkin carving to having lunches with faculty mentors. They participate in Alma’s Relay for Life, financial literacy workshops, academic success seminars, service projects and movie nights. They take trips to Uncle John’s Cider Mill, baseball games and even go sledding.

    <em><strong>Fabrice Constant, in uniform.</strong></em>Fabrice Constant, in uniform.Having others to point him in the right direction is what drove Constant to become a mentor in the program.

    “I know that when you first come to Alma, especially if you come from a different state, you don’t know anybody,” says Fabrice, whose family lives in Miami, Fla. “Having somebody to help you, to show you where you can get help if you need it, is a good thing. So I thought it was a perfect way to help somebody that’s in need.

    “Throughout my life, I’ve always had mentors, like football coaches, older brothers,” he says. “They led me down the right path. Since they took their time to help me throughout my process of growing up, I feel like I should be doing the same thing for others.”

    His parents had a huge impact on his decision to go to college. They came to the United States from Haiti with minimal education.

    “They would tell us the struggles they experienced with not having an education, and that it’s better that you actually go to college,” says Constant.

    <em><strong>KCP mentors</strong></em>KCP mentorsHis family members weren’t the only ones who encouraged him to go to college. His football coach and high school teachers also pushed him to get a college education.

    So when he was recruited by an Alma football coach who came to Florida, Fabrice took it seriously. During his campus visit, Fabrice and his parents were impressed by the strength of Alma’s business program and the job placement rate of Alma graduates.

    In addition to being a KCP mentor and football player, Constant also is involved in the Multicultural Student Union, a student organization comprising students from many nationalities and ethnic backgrounds.

    Fabrice, a junior majoring in health care administration, also is involved in the Health Care Administration Professional Development Organization. Students in HAPDO interact with alumni and others in the health care field and have the opportunity to go to conferences.

    Through HAPDO, he has accompanied faculty advisor Dale Sanders and other students to the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters — better known as FEMA — in Maryland. He also has taken a spring term class about health disparities, in which students visited Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Chicago, Milwaukee and Toronto.

    “I want to work at a hospital as an administrator and potentially later go back to school and try to get a master’s degree,” he says.

     

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    “It’s important to have a Student Congress on campus so that the voices, suggestions and concerns of the student body are heard.” — Lauren Engels

    Lauren EngelsLauren EngelsStudent opinions and concerns are a primary focus for Lauren Engels, the 2014-15 Student Congress president at Alma College.

    “I want to ensure that student ideas and concerns are being represented,” says Engels, a senior from Livonia. “It’s important to have a Student Congress on campus so that the voices, suggestions and concerns of the student body are heard.”

    All students deserve to have a voice in what goes on at Alma College, she says. Engels works to help Student Congress reach more students by opening communication lines and ensuring student representatives are serving on Alma College committees.

    “Student Congress should be a place where different organizations brainstorm ideas to improve campus and then set the ideas into action,” she says.

    In addition to Student Congress, Engels also is involved in Model United Nations, Alternative Breaks, Amnesty International, Entrepreneurs in Action and the Presidential Honors Program and works in the Smith Alumni house.

    She has participated in several Posey Global trips, including working in a childcare ministry in Uganda, and has completed an internship at the U.S. Mission at the United Nations. She says all of her experiences have made for an amazing time at Alma College.

    “There is not one experience that would qualify as the best,” she says. “All of the conversations, seminars, internships and adventures I have participated in have combined to make my time at Alma College truly remarkable.”

    Engels recently won the Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows Award, which honors inspiring student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

    Upon graduating from Alma College, Engels plans to pursue a master’s degree, specializing in humanitarian assistance and international diplomacy. Ultimately, she hopes to write U.S. foreign policy for emerging crises, focusing on humanitarian assistance and improving living conditions for women and children refugees.

     

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    “An exciting thing about the opportunities at Alma College is that you can really get exposed to a lot of different things, and you’re not sort of stuck within your major,” says Ari Kornelis.

    During the summer before his senior year of high school, Ari Kornelis attended Alma College’s summer percussion workshop.

    “I thought I knew a lot about music, but hearing the percussions ensemble perform for us — because they do a concert during that camp each week — and when they performed, I was pretty blown away,” says Ari, who graduated from Alma in 2014.

     

     

    Alma wasn’t initially on the top of his college list. But as time went on, the idea of going to a large university just didn’t feel right to him. Alma did.

    “An exciting thing about the opportunities at Alma College is that you can really get exposed to a lot of different things, and you’re not sort of stuck within your major,” he says.

    Ari KornelisAri Kornelis

    Alma’s small-school experience allowed him to be involved in a wide range of activities. He performed in the orchestra, concert band, percussion ensemble and Kiltie Marching Band.

    Kornelis became the president of the Alma College chapter of the International Criminal Court Student Network. He traveled to the Netherlands to participate in a conference on international law regarding the case of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a war criminal from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    He also became involved with WQAC, Alma’s student radio station, and the Model United Nations team.

    Kornelis studied abroad in the Peruvian Amazon doing work with sustainable waste management systems like vermicomposting — composting with worms. That has led to an interest in environmental policy, which he plans to pursue after graduation.

     

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Discover your world.

You design an amazing learning experience - travel, research, internship - and Alma College will help make it happen.
 
Programs such as the Alma VenturePosey Global Fellowships and others provide each student up to $2,500 to support experiential learning. 
 
So step out of your comfort zone. Explore. Grow. Be who you want to be.
  • Nick Wracan took advantage of our multidisciplinary new media studies major to create a mutant pizza monster that you have to see to believe.
  • Alma’s small size led Karol Chubb to big opportunities as a volunteer, intern, mentor and health care administration major.
  • With a passion for travel and and a knack for science, Fallon Koenig, our very first Alma Venture recipient, hit the ground running and studied medicinal ethnobotany in the Ecuadorian Amazon during her first year.

       

Make it happen.

The college search process is exciting, but it also can be overwhelming!

Our admissions and financial aid staff are available to sit down with you and answer your questions. We want to help you make the best decision. (It’s no secret; we hope you choose Alma!).

  • In the past year, Alma College awarded over $24.1 million in scholarships to its students.
  • Every student receives some level of award.
  • With merit scholarships, special awards and need-based grants, we are working to make the quality education that Alma provides accessible to you.