Alma, MI
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Reviews 327 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Diversity: This is a college full of white, Christian students. We have a club for LGBT community, and as far as my social group goes, we're very accepting. There are plenty of students that aren't accepting, but this generation is filled with the idea that such prejudices are wrong and we should all love each other for our skills as opposed to our appearance or otherwise. Of course, there's still cliches, and different ethnicities tend to stick together. However, I haven't heard of any hostilities felt or seen, which is good, I guess.

College Junior

Greek Life: I don't know much at all about this subject. All I know is that they throw parties, the sororities can't drink in their house, and there's a great musical fraternity.

5 College Junior

Academics: This is an academic school, definately. Most professors are very involved and concerned with your success, which is great. Classes are usually rather flexible, unless there aren't a lot of professors available to teach. Registration is a race to get all the good times, but that seems to be normal. I like that we all have advisors and it's mandatory to visit them before registration to make sure that you know what you're going to sign up for. You can visit your advisor more often, but I don't. The workload changes from class to class, but many of them are soul crushing. It's just kind of how the school works, and I like it. I study in my own dorm room, but there's also the library, dorm areas, and if it's warm enough outside, then outside works too. Hands on experience is also something that's really important in almost every major.

3 College Junior

Academics: The Psychology department is filled with really smart people, but there's only about five professors, which sucks big time. Classes are really hard to get into and because the professors are really smart, the classes tend to be really tough. Independent studies offer the most opportunities: one professor will make sure you know how to do research really well, a couple of them are really old so they're really connected and all three of them will help you find internships and grad schools. I've heard yet another is really tough on hands-on experience, which makes sure that you do very well, and our youngest professor is filled with new, fun ideas for teaching.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: This is a Christian town, which means all shops are closed after 5pm and on Sundays. It's a bummer, but the local eateries are nice, and there's some great views. Our river is really pretty. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a lot of things to do, since it's such a small town, but it's super safe for that very same reason. I really don't talk to the townspeople, but they don't seem to hate us...

4 College Junior

Facilities: Alma's mascot is Scotty, a Scottish stereotype, which makes us very unique. The marching band wears kilts for crying out loud (it's more comfortable than you might think). Alma also works hard to provide as many academic programs and extracurricular activities as there is interest in them. I don't really know anything about partying, but we seem to be pretty average. The professors are something that's very unique too: most of them really care about you as a person, not just a student. I go and visit my Honors professor nearly every week just to talk about how I'm doing, and he actually gets concerned if he doesn't hear from me for a while. I think that's easily the best part of Alma.

3 College Junior

Facilities: I don't really have any reference for athletics, but I love our library. It's open until forever, and there are study rooms to get away from all the other people. Also, we have a student-run coffee shop in it. They sell Butterbeer, which is amazing. We have a greenhouse I've never been in, but I always see some interesting bird or lizard or something in it. As for traditions, there's this little ritual dinner for Freshman that's really cool (but super secret). The campus is super beautiful, with lots of trees and flowers.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The small town atmosphere allows you to make a lot of friends quickly. However, it also makes sure that EVERYONE is in your business. Anything happens, anything, and everyone will find out in a few days. Also, Alma College students have this habit of being really really really driven and at the same time really dysfunctional. Of course, there are exceptions, but it's funny to see the top of the class, involved in a thousand clubs and activities also partying the hardest on the weekends. There isn't much racial diversity and nearly everyone is Christian, but there are cliches for pretty much any personality or interest. The close dorm rooms make for very lazy dressing: a lot of people come to class in sweats.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Alma is very ambitious. They want to update and renovate constantly, but each project takes forever to get finished. The new buildings are supposed to be very nice, but older ones are falling apart. Many of my friends joke about how little space there is: they say that they try to fit in as many people in a room as possible. However, no matter where you live, you can get to class in about 10 minutes, so that's a huge perk.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Alma provides a lot of scholarships to help you attend. Of course, since the price tag is +$40K, you'll still probably need to get loans. When the process goes well, it goes awesome, but when it hits a hitch, it's a big pain and takes forever.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: For any quality or unique dining, most students are required to go to Mt. Pleasant, home of Central Michigan University's campus. A bigger and more diverse school goes hand-in-hand with more diversity in cuisine.

5 College Senior

Majors: I am extremely with the music program at Alma College. The faculty at Alma are some of the leading teachers in music as well as leading scholars in the world! I would highly recommend Alma's music program for anyone who wishes to either study or perform music!

4 College Senior

Majors: Getting into the program isn't difficult in the least. All that is required for admission into Alma is a satisfactory ACT score and high school GPA. Admission into the music program requires an audition in a student's area of interest.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: In the past few years during my attendance at Alma College, the policies regarding Greek life have become more and more strict. Open parties every Saturday night were a regular social event. Students from each fraternity would go to the student life office a week prior to a planned event/party where they would sign a form along with 4 other representatives from the fraternity. The student life office would give the representatives a bundle of wrist bands -- one bunch one color for those who would attend being under the age of 21 and the other bunch for students 21 and older. On the evening of the party, the five representatives were assigned to work security and monitor behavior and any smuggling of alcohol or other drugs, while a security guard would roam the fraternity houses. This policy is no longer in existence due to too many minors in possession of alcohol during an event. Instead of this regulated policy, fraternity houses continue to have parties under no regulation, thus creating a chaos in the event of a problem during a party.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Sometimes I speak to students on campus and many feel like the academic standards are not realistic for all students.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The pre-physical therapy program is great. It looks like it is a very hard program in which few students will be able to succedd in.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The town is so small that it is easy for security and local police to get involved.

1 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is nothing to do in Alma. In certain situations, Alma College is so strict and small that students do not have different activities to do.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The sport facilities on campus are ok, they can be better. I feel like the school does not value their sports teams as they should. Sometimes I feel like they don't care how much success each sport team has. If the teams are mediocre, they're fine with being ok.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It's a strict academic school. As long as you focus on your studies, you will be a successful student at Alma College.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If there are problems, they take forever to fix

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Pizza is great all the time. And it is the only

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Alma is a great school!

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not take part in Greek life.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Alma is a small campus, so school rarely closes.


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