The 2015-16 publication of Colleges of Distinction identifies institutions that “have earned solid reputations for nurturing and serving their students across every measure.“
National reviewers recognize Alma College for distinctions in academic quality, student life experience and successful outcomes in their annual higher education guides.
‘Best in the Midwest’
Alma College is one of the best colleges in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company lists Alma among its “Best in the Midwest” recommended schools in its “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature.
The Princeton Review website quotes Alma students, who say Alma’s out-of-class experiences “account for a good portion of your education,” that the academic curriculum “is all about preparing well-rounded students,” and that “the one-on-one access to professors is amazing.”
The Princeton Review divides the country into four regions and identifies 649 colleges as academically excellent institutions of higher learning. The “best” lists 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 649 colleges named “regional best” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
‘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” in its 2015-16 publication.
“We provide more than just a ranking or a tally of test scores,” says Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “We identify colleges that offer every student an educationally rewarding experience. The Colleges of Distinction have earned solid reputations for nurturing and serving their students across every measure. “
The publication recognizes institutions for their commitment to ”engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.”
Fiske Guide Selects Alma College
Alma College is highlighted in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2016 as one of its 300 “best and most interesting” schools in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
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 and extracurricular activities.
The publication described Alma in its 2015 edition as “the college that put the ‘Alma’ back in ‘alma mater.’ As friendly a campus as you’ll find, Alma savors its Scottish heritage and combines the liberal arts with distinctive offerings in health and pre-professional fields.”