Admissions & Aid

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores for incoming freshmen. Transfer and International student merit awards are based on GPA. 

 SAT Scores reflect the redesigned SAT.
Scholars Summit

Freshmen earning the Trustee Honors, Presidential or Dean’s Scholarships will be invited to attend Scholars Summit, where they will interview for additional scholarship funds. Transfer students with a college GPA of 3.0 or higher will also be invited to interview on an individual basis. These distinguished awards range from $1,000 to $4,000 per year.

Merit Scholarship Increases

Getting a better score on the ACT/SAT or improving my GPA can increase your scholarship as long as you are an incoming freshman. If you retake the ACT/SAT on any national testing date before March 1, we will reevaluate your scholarship level to see if your scholarship will increase. We will always consider your best ACT/SAT composite score when determining your merit-based scholarship.

If the national ACT testing dates are not convenient for you, you may retake the ACT residually at Alma College. Keep in mind that there must be 60 days in between each time you take the ACT, and Alma College is the only institution that will accept your scores if you take the ACT residually on our campus. Tests are given Monday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Please call 1-800-321-ALMA if you would like to schedule a residual ACT.

If you are accepted to Alma College after March 1, you have two weeks from your date of acceptance to schedule a residual ACT at Alma if you would like to try to increase your merit-based scholarship.

If your GPA improves, please be sure to send the Admissions Office an updated copy of your official transcript at the end of your seventh semester of high school. We will make any necessary adjustments and notify you if a change occurs.

Important Information

Students receiving a full tuition scholarship, grant or award from Alma College or an outside provider are not eligible to receive standard Alma College merit, competitive, or additional scholarships, grants or awards.  These are replaced by the full tuition award being received.  This includes but is not limited to the Yellow Ribbon Program, ROTC, and Alma College’s Distinguished Scholar Award (up to full tuition).  Non-College financial aid will be adjusted in accordance with the rules and regulations applicable to those programs.