National Reviewers Recognize Alma College for Quality

“Students learn and thrive best when they embrace hands-on learning in a vibrant, welcoming community.” — Colleges of Distinction

The 2019-20 editions of several national higher education guides identify Alma College for distinctions in academic quality, hands-on learning, student life experiences and successful outcomes.

“We are delighted when national publications recognize the quality of Alma’s academic programs and acknowledge those characteristics of the student experience that we value so highly — active learning, the commitment our faculty and staff to personal attention and student success, and a supportive residential environment,” says Melinda Booth, associate vice president for marketing.

Princeton Review logo ‘Best in the Midwest’

Alma College is one of the 159 best colleges in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company lists Alma in the Best in the Midwest section of its “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature.

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The Princeton Review website quotes Alma students, who say the college offers “a plethora of institutional resources for student research, service trips and networking,” that academic programs prepare students for graduate work or their prospective career paths, and that relationships students form with faculty are “lasting and meaningful.”

In its 2020 rankings, the Princeton Review identifies 656 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. Collectively, the 656 colleges on the “regional best” lists constitute about 22 percent of the nation’s 3,000 four-year colleges.

The “Best in the Midwest” category has featured Alma College annually since the introduction of the ranking in 2004.

Colleges of Distinction badge College of Distinction

The 2019-20 edition of Colleges of Distinction highlights Alma College for excellence in classroom teaching and its high-impact student-centered programs — including first-year seminars, service-learning, alternative breaks, undergraduate research, global learning programs, internships and more.

It is the 13th consecutive year that Alma College has been recognized by the national guide. View Alma College’s profile.

“Colleges of Distinction knows that a truly valuable education can’t be measured by rank or reputation,” says Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for the annual publication. “Students learn and thrive best when they embrace hands-on learning in a vibrant, welcoming community. That’s why it’s so encouraging to find Alma College take such an innovative approach with its curriculum: its high-impact educational practices ensure that the undergraduate experience is worthwhile and unique.”

Selected schools are required to 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, career development and satisfaction measures.

Fiske badge ‘Best and Most Interesting’

Alma College is one of 300 schools highlighted in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2020. The college guide offers an annual in-depth analysis of the “best and most interesting” schools in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

The publication describes Alma College as a school with “a wide array of choices for its undergraduates, including distinctive offerings in health and preprofessional fields, as well as plenty of opportunities to learn abroad.” It reports that “Alma students are extremely involved, hardworking, dedicated to helping others and caring” and that Alma’s professors “double as your advisors, which allows you to build relationships with them.”

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.

Story published on August 13, 2019