‘Best and Most Interesting’
Alma College is one of 300 schools highlighted in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018. The college guide offers an annual analysis of the “best and most interesting” schools in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
The 2018 publication describes Alma College as a “gem” that celebrates its Scottish heritage and “combines the liberal arts with distinctive [academic] offerings” with faculty that are committed to helping students succeed.
Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward Fiske, the guide profiles the selected schools’ student body, academic quality, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food and extracurricular activities.
The Fiske Guide has highlighted Alma College annually since 1986.
‘College of Distinction’
The 2017-18 edition of Colleges of Distinction highlights Alma College for its academic programs and continuing dedication to educational practices that extend beyond the classroom. It is the 11th consecutive year that Alma College has been recognized by the national guide.
“Colleges of Distinction applauds Alma College for pushing the envelope with its up-to-date curriculum, enriching the college experience with high-impact educational practices, and providing every student with an education that stretches far beyond what’s typically required from an academic major,” says Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction.
Featured schools are “100 percent focused on the student experience and producing the most well-rounded graduates who are prepared for a global society and economy,” says Schritter.
The publication requires that institutions adhere to four distinctions — engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. The selection process also includes a review of each institution’s first-year experience, general education program, strategic plan, alumni success and satisfaction measures.
‘Best in the Midwest’
For the 14th consecutive year, The Princeton Review lists Alma College as one of the best colleges in the Midwest. Alma has been featured annually in the “Best of the Midwest” category since the introduction of the ranking in 2004.
The Princeton Review website quotes Alma students, who say the college strives to create a well-rounded student who “is an expert in one area but still has knowledge in many different subjects,” and that the relationships that students form with faculty are “lasting and meaningful” and provide “outlets for a lot of research, internships and connections.”
The Princeton Review divides the country into four regions and identifies 658 colleges as academically excellent institutions of higher learning. The “best” lists are calculated from student survey results and institutional data.
Earlier this year, The Princeton Review featured Alma College in its book, Colleges That Create Future: 50 Schools that Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom. Read more about this accomplishment.