College of Distinction
The 2018-19 edition of Colleges of Distinction highlights Alma College for its academic programs and high-impact educational practices that extend beyond the classroom — including first-year seminars, service-learning, alternative breaks, undergraduate research, study abroad programs, internships and more.
It is the 12th consecutive year that Alma College has been recognized by the national guide. View Alma College’s profile.
“Colleges of Distinction is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities,” says Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for the annual publication. “We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. Alma College stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow and succeed.”
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.
Fiske Guide’s ‘Best and Most Interesting’
Alma College is one of 300 schools highlighted in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019. The college guide offers an annual analysis of the “best and most interesting” schools in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
The publication describes Alma College as a “gem” that celebrates its Scottish heritage and “combines the liberal arts with distinctive [academic] offerings” with faculty who are committed to helping students succeed. It states, “Alma challenges students to take their learning beyond the classroom and around the globe, and with caring faculty — and ample funding for off-campus experiences — students feel supported every step of the way.”
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.
Princeton Review’s ‘Best in the Midwest’
For the 15th 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 Alma’s academic programs prepare students for graduate work or their prospective career paths, 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 identifies 661 colleges in five zones — Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West and International — as academically outstanding institutions of higher learning. The “best” lists are calculated from student survey results and institutional data.
‘Colleges that Create Futures’
Alma College also is included in the second edition of the book, Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools that Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom, published in 2017 by the Princeton Review. Read more.