September 24, 2013
“The kinds of experiences Alma provides, particularly the components within the Alma Commitment, continue to be attractive to students across the country. Students select Alma because of the opportunities we provide.” — Bob Garcia
For the fifth consecutive year, Alma College has achieved an overall enrollment of more than 1,400 students. The total headcount of 1,419 falls short of last year’s record of 1,464 but surpasses its fall 2011 count.
New students total 415, the ninth largest entering class in Alma’s 127-year history. This year’s incoming class exhibits a strong academic profile consistent with past years and includes 10.1 percent from out-of-state. In addition to Michigan, first-year students attending Alma come from 15 states and six countries.
“Enrolling a class of this size and quality continues to keep Alma moving forward toward its strategic goal of growing the campus,” says Bob Garcia, vice president for enrollment. “We also are pleased that we continue to expand Alma‘s footprint beyond traditional markets. The geographic diversity of the incoming class is one of the many strengths of this group.”
This year’s rollout of the Alma Commitment to entering students builds on the college’s past strengths of providing strong academic programs and extraordinary learning opportunities, says Garcia. As part of the program, the college will give each student in the junior year up to $2,500 in an “Alma Venture” grant to offset related expenses for a practical, out-of-classroom experience, such as an internship, research fellowship, off-campus study or a leadership or service opportunity.
Administering the Alma Commitment is the Center for Student Opportunity, a place for students to find support for their Alma experience. The CSO houses expanded services related to academic and career planning, service learning, leadership development, off-campus study, international student support and diversity.
“The kinds of experiences Alma provides, particularly the components within the Alma Commitment, continue to be attractive to students across the country,” says Garcia. “Students select Alma because of the opportunities we provide.”
The student recruitment process requires a full campus effort both for attracting new students and retaining returning students, says Garcia.
“I’m appreciative of the dedication and hard work of our faculty, coaches, admissions reps, alumni and overall community who so enthusiastically and positively present the Alma story,” says Garcia.