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Reviews 344 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a positive part of Alma College, and they all do beneficial activities for the community.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: This is the main reason that I chose Alma. The professors here are extremely committed to your success and they will work overtime to make sure that you get there. The curriculum and class load is definitely tough, but the staff pushes you to your limit without overdoing your schedule. Registration is a walk in the park and professors/advisors make it so simple for you to get the classes that you want with the professor that you want them with.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am just getting into the class load for my Business Major. There are many areas for me to express more interest in my major, and the Business Department is committed to making sure that I have all the resources that I need to be successful.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Although Alma is a Division III school and are very competitive in each sport that they compete in, there are options available for open tryouts in campus for students. Whether or not you were recruited to compete collegiately, coaches will offer positions if you have experience in that game previously. Students who are actively involved in clubs or athletics are devoted to what they do, but outside school spirit is subpar compared to your typical Division I university with big student sections of boisterous fans.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are multiple places for exercise on campus, but mainly students use the outdoor track in the warmer months, and The Rec in the winter months. The Rec consists of a 200 meter track, 3 basketball courts, 1 fitness room for yoga and strength classes, and 1 court devoted to extra games run by the staff (dodge ball, volleyball, soccer, etc.), in addition to a weight room with many options for treadmills and commonly used free weight exercises. Study areas are easy to access, but other than the Frat Houses, students don't have places to "hang out" other than in their dorm rooms or the lobbies of their hall.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing at Alma is paid for in conjunction with your Room/Board fee, so you are getting a good value when you realize that your fees cover food and dorm rooms. Gelston Hall is the oldest hall on campus, and even that dorm complex is of reasonable quality. There really isn't a noisier dorms than another, but if you are looking for quiet, south campus is a better option for you.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are plenty of weekend party options right at the Fraternity Houses on campus. Most students who are 21+ find themselves going about 15 minutes north to Mount Pleasant to the bars or a night club. There aren't many alcoholic club options (if any) in Alma.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is very uncommon at Alma. If you don't live in the dorms or apartment complexes that Alma provides, you lose a big percentage of your scholarship award, so most students live on campus. However, the options available appear to be of good quality and are within 2 miles of campus.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: SAGA is the main eating facility at Alma. It is an open buffet with a reliable variety of options, but they don't always have 5-star quality food. Joe's is a hot spot to stop and grab a bite to eat as they are open until 12:00AM every night and have more snack options available.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a Business Major at Alma, and I enjoy their Entrepreneurs in Action Program for Business affiliated majors. Alma is great at creating clubs and activities for students who have focused majors to help them develop feelings behind their specific field of study.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship through Alma, but all I have heard is that they are very easy to acquire. The college is very committed to making sure that students comfortably find employment in their years at Alma and post graduation.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys & Girls at Alma all seem to dress presentable. You will never go to class and see a female dressed in baggy sweatpants and a sweatshirt. Students at Alma care about their appearance and how others think of them.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Alma provides a lot of financial aid for students who show that they will have an active role on campus. If you complete in multiple sports, you are more likely to receive more scholarship. A big one is being an Art Major...they are really rewarded for their participation in the shows for the community and the college.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity at Alma is comfortable getting to know people!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly fast food. Need a nice dine-in restaurant!

3 College Junior

Diversity: Alma is not a very diverse school. The majority of the student population are white and Christian. We do have some ethnic and racial diversity but it is not very strong. Political beliefs tend to be liberally based since we are a liberal arts school.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The athletics at Alma are great. The Arena in the Hogan Center is wonderful for basketball, volleyball, and wrestling. Our cheer team is fantastic. Many students can dual sport without any issues, and many enjoy doing that. Alma is however more focused on academics, so the athletics side of things is not as important.

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.

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