Institutional Research

Institutional Research seeks to provide data, reports and analyses that support institutional planning and decision-making, encourage the scholarship of teaching and learning, improve the curricular and co-curricular offerings, and effectively document the outcomes of a liberal arts education and the Alma Experience.

Alma College Dashboard

The dashboard is a quick reference tool to track progress and trends of key measures in the college to aid in decision making. These include enrollment trends, peer comparison data, and our strategic goals for each indicator. 

2020-21 Dashboard

The Common Data Set

Alma participates in The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative. This collaborative effort, among higher education institutions and media sources (e.g., the College Board, Peterson’s, U.S. News & World Report) is aimed at improving the quality and accuracy of information available to prospective students, their families, and others involved in helping students transition to college.  Alma College’s 2019-20 Common Data Set is linked below:

General Information 
Enrollment and Persistence
First-Time, First-Year (Freshman) Admission
Transfer Admission
Academic Offerings and Policies
Student Life
Annual Expenses
Financial Aid
Instructional Faculty and Class Size
Degrees Conferred 

National Survey of Student Engagement

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is an annual survey that seeks to measure student engagement on hundreds of U.S. and Canadian college campuses each year. Student engagement is measured in terms of 1) the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educationally purposeful activities, and 2) how the institution invests resources and organizes its curriculum and programs to encourage student participation in activities linked to student learning by decades of research. Select results from NSSE 2020 survey results follow.

Pocket Guide to Choosing a College
Institutional Snapshot

Fall Census Enrollment Reports

Enrollment Report Fall 2020
Enrollment Report Fall 2019
Enrollment Report Fall 2018
Enrollment Report Fall 2017
Enrollment Report Fall 2016
Enrollment Report Fall 2015
Enrollment Report Fall 2014
Enrollment Report Fall 2013