Three national entities have recognized Alma College for strong teaching, academic quality and engaged students.
‘Best in the Midwest’
The Princeton Review selected Alma College as one of 155 institutions it recommends as “Best in the Midwest” for 2013-14. An education services company, the Princeton Review annually rates institutions on academic rigor, admissions selectivity, quality of campus life and financial aid. It divided the country into four regions and identified 643 colleges as academically excellent institutions of higher learning.
Ratings are calculated from student survey results and institutional data. The 12-state Midwest region comprises Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Collectively, the 643 colleges named “regional best” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
Alma Named ‘College of Distinction’
Colleges of Distinction, a national college guide for students, parents and counselors, identifies Alma College as “one of the best places to learn, grow and succeed.” The Colleges of Distinction publication recognizes institutions for their commitment to ”engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.” The 2013-14 guidebook will be distributed to more than 50,000 high school counselors and 2,500 community college counselors.
Fiske Guide Selects Alma College
Alma College is included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014. Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward Fiske, the guide profiles the student body, academic quality, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing and extracurricular activities at the “best and most interesting” schools in the United States, plus Canada and Great Britain.