Alma College in Brief
A Liberal Arts Education
Nearly 125 years ago, a group of devoted Presbyterian clergy and laymen had a dream: to establish a liberal arts college based upon the loftiest of ideals — unifying the human mind and spirit through knowledge.
The essence of a liberal arts education is learning how to learn. Once acquired, this skill can be applied to any task, any profession. Career success is determined by our abilities to exercise such skill.
A liberal arts education holds up a mirror to the world around us, and in its reflection we see ourselves: as we were, as we are, as we might be. Through such self-discovery comes inspiration and, from inspiration, lifelong commitment. The highest moral and ethical character is built upon such foundations. Our best leaders are shaped by such beliefs.
Academic Programs and Degrees
A Phi Beta Kappa institution, Alma is classified as a selective Baccalaureate College — Liberal Arts by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The College confers bachelor's degrees in four areas: arts, sciences, fine arts and music.
Enrollment and Student Profile
With an enrollment of over 1,300, Alma College is a close-knit community where students and professors get to know each other, a place where people and their development are most important. Alma's students are high achievers who reflect the College's competitive admission standards. While the College maintains a regional base — 95 percent of Alma's students come from Michigan; current students represent 21 states and 12 foreign countries. Classes are small with a student/faculty ratio of 13/1.
Alma was founded by Presbyterians in 1886 and retains its affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) while being governed by an independent Board of Trustees. Alma's students represent Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and other religions.
The exceptional quality of Alma's undergraduate degree programs leads to placement in the nation's most prestigious graduate and professional schools. As a rule, Alma students find employment in fields related to their academic programs or enter graduate or professional schools within six months of graduation. Approximately 70 percent of Alma students enroll in postgraduate programs within five years of graduation.
Scholarship and Assistance Opportunities
To recognize students' academic achievements in high school, Alma College administers a strong program of scholarships. Regardless of financial need, Alma students can receive scholarship support based on outstanding academic achievements.
Also available are State of Michigan scholarships, grants and loans; federal grants and loans; and federal and College work study program funding.
At Alma students are often invited to team up with faculty on scholarly research or to collaborate on creative or performing arts projects. An annual Honors Day features student presentations, performances and exhibits. Many students also present such work at regional, national and international meetings.