ALMA — Alma College recently received nods from national higher education guides, who tout the college for its affordability and value added, particularly for students from low-income families.

Alma was ranked No. 7 in the Midwest region and No. 12 in “Best Value Schools” by U.S. News & World Report for the 2023-24 academic year. Alma was also touted as No. 21 in “Top Performers on Social Mobility.”

Serving as a guide for prospective students and their families, the rankings evaluate 1,500 colleges and universities using up to 19 measures of academic quality. This year’s rankings placed a greater emphasis on social mobility and outcomes for graduating college students, demonstrating the most significant methodological change in the rankings’ history.

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The Princeton Review also recently released its “2024 Best Colleges: Region by Region” feature, which included Alma College among the “Best in the Midwest.”

The Princeton Review website quotes Alma students, who say Alma College offers “plenty of avenues for volunteer work, as well as a plethora of ‘institutional resources for student research, service trips and networking.'” The Review also states that “extremely helpful” faculty “expect a lot of work out of their students” and “are another special feature on our campus.”

“We created our rankings to provide a resource for college applicants that helps them answer what may well be the toughest question in their college search, ‘What’s the best school for me?’” said Rob Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review. “Our selection of colleges for this book reflects our high opinion of the schools.”

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Finally, Alma College was recognized as a gold-status school on the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency’s (MVAA) list of Veteran-Friendly Schools for 2023-24.

The Veteran-Friendly Schools program recognizes academic institutions committed to supporting the needs of veterans and military-connected students. These institutions are awarded gold, silver or bronze status based on their veteran services and programs.

“We are incredibly grateful to have 62 veteran-friendly schools in Michigan that are committed to supporting their student-veteran population,” said MVAA director Adam Hollier. “Making the transition from boots and a helmet to a cap and gown can be a daunting process, but having guidance and resources from their academic institution is a game-changer.”