Admissions & Aid

Other Important Information

Below you will find information that is useful as you transition to Alma College.

Visa Arrangements

Once your $500 commitment deposit is received, the college will send you either an I-20 form if you are a degree seeking student or a DS-2019 form if you are an exchange student. You will need to schedule an appointment at the nearest American Embassy or U.S. Consulate to present the I-20 or DS 2019 form along with your acceptance letter at your immigration interview.

What is Orientation Week?

First-year students enrolling for fall classes participate in Orientation Week, which provides an opportunity to acquaint new students with the campus and educational community. You will have time to socialize with other students, as well as to prepare your residence hall room and purchase books and supplies.

Student Organizations

Alma College offers almost 100 student organizations, such as athletics, performing arts, Model UN, Greek life, student government, a campus newspaper and many others. Alma also offers an International Club. Members of this organization help answer questions and are a source of friendship and social activities.

Food Service

Sodexo, Inc. provides a variety of dining options and flexible meal times to accommodate students’ active lifestyles. Sodexo offers a wide variety and style of food preparation, such as vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options.

What clothing and other items should I bring?

Michigan’s diverse temperatures and precipitation necessitate a variety of clothing and footwear. Current international students at Alma suggest purchasing clothing, bedding and educational materials after arriving at Alma.

Medical Care

Wilcox Medical Center is available for any minor health problems. Medical insurance is required for all students and is available through the College for approximately $1,500 (US) per year.

Social Security Number

In the United States, you may need to have a Social Security number to apply for jobs and/or a driver’s license. During the international student orientation, the college will ensure you receive proper information to apply for a Social Security number and assist you with the application process.

Important Numbers and Contact Information

Alma College’s code number for TOEFL and SAT is 1010; for the ACT it is 1958.

Within the United States, you may call (001) 989-463-7139 to reach the Admissions Office. You may also reach the office through email at