Admissions & Aid

Becoming A Scot Experience

Due to guidelines in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made changes to our summer events for incoming students. This year, we are excited to announce we are launching Becoming a Scot Experience (BASE), a virtual experience. We cannot wait to connect with our new Scots this summer and to welcome you to campus this fall!

There are two parts to BASE that incoming students must complete. Details and instructions for each part are listed below. 

Part 1: Sign Up for a Becoming a Scot Experience (Virtual Event)

All students are required to sign up for a Becoming a Scot Experience virtual event. This live program is designed as an opportunity for you to meet and connect with faculty, staff, and fellow classmates who share similar interests, both in and out of the classroom, while allowing you to get your questions answered. Check out the session options below!

Academic Area of Interest Breakouts: Business and Economics, Education, Fine and Performing Arts, Humanities/Social Sciences/Pre-Law, Health Sciences, Nursing, STEM (other than health).
*This document provides a list of majors and the category they fall under to help you determine which sessions will be helpful to join.

Community Building Breakouts: Fall Athletics, Winter/Spring Athletics, Housing Experience, Performing Arts, Student Organizations, Service

To sign up, please click on the event you would like to join (options are listed below). After you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with more details. The program will last approximately two hours.

Tuesday, July 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, July 24 at 10:00 a.m.
Monday, July 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Once you have completed the registration process, please continue to Part 2 and watch the informational videos.

You will need to watch these videos prior to tuning in to your Becoming a Scot Experience virtual event.

Part 2: Watch Informational Videos

We have put together a set of videos that will provide you with helpful information as you prepare for your first day on campus. You must watch the videos below prior to participating in your scheduled Becoming a Scot Experience virtual event.

Housing & Dining Video:Learn more about the housing and residence life staff, what it is like to live and learn on campus, how to prepare for your first semester, and the different meal plan options.

FERPA Video: Learn more about the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 including the rights students have to control their educational records and how students can give permission to release their records if they choose.

Virtual Communities Video: Learn more about Virtual Communities which are designed to connect you to other incoming students, student leaders, and faculty and staff and are based around different hobbies and interests.

Financial Aid Video: Learn more about the financial aid portal, student loan resources, scholarship resources, and setting up individual meetings with our staff.

Alma College Curriculum Overview Video: Learn more about academic requirements, the academic advisor role, an overview of general education, distributive requirements, and the role we expect students to play in the process.

Financial Services and Auxiliary Services Video: Learn how to understand the billing statements, how to pay your bill, payment plan options, proxy access, bookstore services, mail and print center services, a handy checklist to complete prior to Orientation, and a list of resources to assist you and your family.

Incoming Student Checklist

Prior to August 1, incoming students must complete the following items:
  1. Check Financial Aid portal – located in Self-Service box on InsideAlma portal
  2. Upload photo for student ID – located in Next Steps box on InsideAlma portal
  3. Submit Student Profile – located in Next Steps box on InsideAlma portal
  4. Submit Consent Form for Disclosure – located in Next Steps box on InsideAlma portal
  5. Waive or enroll in Alma College Health Insurance – located in Next Steps box on InsideAlma portal (information coming soon!)