Center for Student Opportunity

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An internship in Chicago that connects you to your dream job. A semester in Europe that opens the world to you. A service project that changes lives in the local community. Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to do, your starting place is here: the Alma College Center for Student Opportunity.

The CSO provides both support services and access to practical experiences that enhance your education. We’ll show you how to succeed in the classroom, but also assist you as you plan your personal Venture – an individual experience that could take you across the globe. We’ll teach you important financial skills that position you for personal success, while also giving you the chance to serve others. We’ll help you plan for life after Alma, but also aid you in becoming a responsible leader. Put simply: the CSO is where it all comes together for you.

We’ve got the practical tools you’ll need to turn your dreams into reality:
And we’ve got the opportunities you want (plus connections all across campus):

The CSO and the Alma Commitment

The CSO also coordinates all aspects of the Alma Commitment. We work closely with academic advisors to help you stay on track for four-year graduation; provide year-by-year guidance, which includes the First Year Guide program and the annual All-Class Conferences; help you plan your Venture and apply for up to $2,500 to support your experience; and prepare you for graduation with comprehensive career services. For more information, visit the CSO in person or call 989-463-7247.

Upcoming CSO Events

March 9, 2015

  • Image preview 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Earn a 15% Coupon and Cash Course Coin!
    For Financial Literacy Marathon Month - stop in to College Corner Coffee and Books during this time to sign up for When you do, you get a 15% coupon and earn a Cash Course Coin!

March 10, 2015

March 11, 2015

  • Image preview 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Looking at Job Offers
    Students will learn how to look at different job offers to distinguish between salary, benefits, vacation days, and how cost of living can affect the offer.
  • Image preview 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.: LinkedIn Workshop

    Come to the CSO and learn how to use, the world’s largest professional network on the internet! 

March 12, 2015

  • Image preview 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: How much should I spend?
    Students will learn about how much of their income should go to their expenses and how they should plan for their expenses once they are out of school.