Student Life

Students sit at a patio table chatting and laughing outside of Hamilton Commons. Welcome home! We can’t wait for you to start your adventure as a New Scot at Alma. 

Tartan 101 is a three-day long set of orientation events for first-year students that begins when you move on to campus for fall term.

What to Expect

Tartan 101 gives you the chance to meet new classmates, explore the campus and community in ways you haven’t before, attend social programs and activities (like a hypnotist, movies on the lawn, game shows) and much more! The entire Tartan 101 schedule we have planned will help you remain confident in your choice to become a Scot as you settle into your home here at Alma.

First Year Guides

Each incoming student will be assigned a First Year Guide ​who will play an integral role into your transition to campus. First Year Guides (FYGs) are a group of peer mentors who have been trained to help new students navigate their transition to campus during Tartan 101 and over the course of the first semester. Their role is to help you get engaged with the campus and community, and enjoy your first semester.