Alma College provides a wide range of services designed to enhance the ability of students to successfully transition through their total college experience.
Center for Student Opportunity (CSO)
The CSO, located in the Tyler-Van Dusen Student Campus Center, provides connections, opportunities and resources that empower all students to explore their own pathways to academic, personal and professional success. In the CSO, students can find:
Academic Support. Whether students need assistance overcoming a challenging course, maximizing study time, or finding a new approach to test taking, CSO staff can help by providing free tutoring, workshops and individual appointments.
Career/Internship Preparation. As students progress from summer jobs to internships to their careers, the CSO provides assistance with resume development and optimization, guidance on networking, and suggestions for finding job and internship opportunities.
Disability Services. For students with disabilities, the CSO offers support services and resources, including classroom accommodations and assistive technology, to maximize academic, social and cultural success at Alma.
Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. All college students are trying to find their place and meet others like them. The CSO recognizes the importance of connecting students with various campus organizations that provide support and positive affiliation, and works specifically with LGBTQ, minority and out-of-state students.
Financial Counseling. Through one-on-one counseling, small groups and workshops, the CSO covers everything from identifying financial resources and spending wisely to paying for college and budgeting.
First Generation Student Support. Students who are first in their family to go to college may benefit from extra guidance as they navigate life at Alma. Thanks to a King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) grant, the CSO offers mentoring and additional support for our many first generation students.
Health-Related Career Development. As part of the CSO, the Integrated Health Studies Institute helps students explore multiple career choices and majors related to the high-demand health fields.
Leadership Development. When students want to enhance their leadership skills, the Responsible Leadership Institute (RLI) offers leadership development guidance and helps them become agents for positive change. RLI provides leadership experiences through alternative break service opportunities, leadership workshops, conferences and international travel.
Off-Campus Study Planning and Assistance. For students who would like to travel during their time at Alma, the CSO staff is here to help identify the best options, navigate the application process and prepare for a successful experience.
Service/Volunteer Opportunities. Alma students serve others through academic service learning courses and participate in more traditional volunteer experiences on campus and throughout the local community. CSO staff can direct students to the best ways they can use their talents to serve generously.
Venture Program. Students should begin planning for their Alma Venture early — internships, research fellowships or travel experiences, for example — to maximize the impact of up to $2,500 per student in their *Venture Fund. The CSO can help students explore and define this exciting opportunity.
*Eligibility begins with students who enter Alma College in fall 2013.
Counseling, Health and Wellness Center
Counseling and Psychiatric Services. Alma College Counseling and Wellness Center offers counseling and psychiatric services that facilitate students' personal development to participate more successfully in the Alma living and learning community.
Some of the common issues that students bring to counseling are depressed and anxious feelings, family difficulties, personal crises, coping with loss, and other impediments to personal and academic functioning. We also aid with self-esteem, self-acceptance, identity and sexuality difficulties, as well as healing from the effects of sexual assault/abuse, suicidal thoughts and other destabilizing experiences.
Our licensed professional counselors provide focused individual, relationship and group counseling. In addition, walk-in emergency services are available daily for students who feel in urgent need of help or crisis intervention. Students may also arrange for psychiatric evaluations and medication management with our psychiatrist.
Health Care Services. The Wilcox Health Center staff provides a variety of health related services to the campus community in a clinic setting. The staff welcomes the opportunity to consult with students wishing to take personal responsibility for their own health and wellness. The Center offers a wide variety of services, similar to those offered by a family doctor including diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury, routine physical examinations, medical consultation and referrals, vaccines, allergy shots, and women's and men's health issues.
We employ a registered nurse and a physician's assistant, and also have a supervising physician on staff. The city of Alma also has an Urgent Care and MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot close by for emergency and after-hour care. We accept most insurance health plans and offer a student health plan for students who need to purchase a plan. As a courtesy, we will submit a claim to your insurance company.