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Reviews 377 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Alma is a loving and beutiful school. There are so many factors that lead to a safe and fun environment. The teachers, RAs counselors and even the students are supportive and understanding of any and all situations. This is a small personal and comfortable school that is student driven, and thrives on support and education.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Alma College to me is the institutional embodiment of the old mantra "work hard, play hard." Except in Alma's case when it comes time to play hard you're forced up to Mt. Pleasant to leech off of CMU's college atmosphere, because Alma's security shuts down every party within a 10 mile radius of the college. Moreover, the academics are purely adequate. It's not even like one tolerates the utter burial ground of a social scene Alma boasts in appreciation of a truly fantastic educational experience. Most of the professors are very good at what they do and are more than happy to spend time with you to make sure you understand everything. Some are laughably inept (I've seen two different math professors get stumped while reviewing a text problem in class), and some are fantastic. Really, though, Alma's academics are like anywhere else - to do well you'll have to spend a few hours studying every day. The major differences are that at Alma you'll spend an absurd amount of money to be looked at just the same by graduate schools, and you most certainly will not have fun while doing it.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school isn't bad nor is it great. It has good professors and many opportunities to travel. However it is an extremely expensive school and I couldn't tell you what all that extra money goes to. There are no extra opportunities available at my school because of a higher tuition, nor are there better facilities or meal plans. In fact quite the opposite. We have worse facilities and fewer food options than a cheaper university such as University of Michigan or Michigan State. If I could do it all over again I really do not think I would go to Alma College, I would go to U of M like I had wanted to in the first place. Alma is a small college and smaller town. There are few things to do on campus and nothing to do in town. This makes it very hard to meet people and make friends, it means most of the school year I am bored out of my mind. The college also does not care about it's students very much as they don't spend money to fix our washing machines or give us decent showers with warm water. The cafeteria reliably gives students food poisoning and the only other option for food has jacked it's prices up 12x higher than getting the same food at Walmart. I wouldn't tell any potential student to come here and I wish somebody had told me that.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I enjoy my time at Alma the teachers and students on campus are very friendly and helpful.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Neither Hamilton Commons or Joe's is spectacular to eat at everyday. They overcharge the students for their food, and sometimes the food really isn't that good. Most students go to Pizza One or Stucchi's because the food isn't as expensive and it's really good. There's lots of variety at Hamilton Common's, but not at Joe's. Overall, the campus food is okay, but it does get old fast and is sometimes quite tasteless.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Overall, Alma is a terrific school. I love living on campus because it is a great way to meet new people and create everlasting friendships. The dorms are decently sized, and there's many different ones to chose from on North and South campus. The dorms on south campus are very quiet and make it easy to study, while north campus it's about half and half on whether the dorms are quiet or not. There is one dorm that is in the process of being remodeled, and the remodel is very nice. I really enjoy the new wing of this dorm because it's very modern and clean. It is quite costly to come here though, and sometimes it feels like it's too costly, but overall I love it. The housing process is very easy, you can just go into the Center for Student Opportunities and talk to one of the ladies there, and they give you everything you need for housing and answer any questions you may have. Lastly, the dorms are very close to all the other buildings, so it makes it easy and convenient to get wherever you may need to be.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The majority of the housing is on campus

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat off campus much.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: I rarely go to parties, but the few times that I have I went to the Zeta Sigma house and I had a great time. I met some new people and had a lot of fun.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Alma is strict on many levels. It depends on which building you live in for the level of strictness. But the RA's will let you know if you're breaking any rules.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: While Alma does offer scholarships, it sometimes isn't enough to cover the full year. The CSO does offer financial counseling and its helpful.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I wish Hamilton Commons would offer the Doughnut French Toast more often. I also wish the lean and clean station was open more. Last but not least I wish The Great Wall would accept munch money.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love the social atmosphere and how friendly everyone is! I love how understanding and willing the professors are and how they're willing to help a student if they ask for it. The only downside is the expense of the college, but Alma does offer scholarships.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: It's Wonderful! Everyone is friendly and helpful.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I love the Chinese food and recently discovered that the pub is very delicious and cheap.

4 College Freshman

Administration: They are very cautious here. The RA's hired know how to do their job and will enforce the rules as need be.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a great scholarship from Alma and will always support this school.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: I love going out on Friday and Saturday nights to the frat houses. Weather it is for a themed night or open mic night, the dancing and guys are always on point!

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think that the food is great! There are always many options and I love the 24 hour salad and cereal bar.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living in the dorms. The community style is very fitting for me and it is always a great chance to meet new people. My dorm is near everything and I enjoy it all. The housing process I feel is something that could be changed considering that my roommate and I were completely different and she almost had me thrown out for silly accusations.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Though Alma is known as a very expensive school, They are awesome about offering scholarships. After all of the scholarships i have received from Alma, the difference in cost was not as great. If anything Alma was then cheaper than the other colleges i was looking into.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The parties are fun to go out with your friends to go dancing. The party scene is really safe on our campus, no worries of walking back to your dorm at night but ofcourse it is always safer to go out in a group. The fraternities are the best place to go and they are relatively close to the dorms so its not very far of a walk.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: We have one main dinning hall and a couple other options. Compared to college cafeteria food ours it actually pretty good. There is alot of options and something for everyone. The people who work the cafeteria is also very nice. If you cant find anything to your liking in the cafeteria there is also the campus convenience store and little restaurant. Food is made to order and comes quickly and give you a place for you and your friends to sit down enjoy a meal and let off a little steam. For those who want more variety you can take a little walk and go to Stucchi's with your friends at the bookstore. This is a restaurant and they have GREAT ice cream and deep fried mac and cheese bites. For the college student on the go, you can make a stop at the DOW cart inside one of the academic buildings to pick up a quick lunch or a snack on your way to classes. The meal plans come with munch money. This is used in place of real dollars and can be used at the campus convenience store, Stucchi's and at a couple resturaunts in the area like the local pizza places that will deliver right to your dorm. you can also stop by Highland Java in the library to pick up a snack and some great coffee products made for you by your fellow students. The coffee is great and they just put in place a delivery system so your coffee will be delivered right to your dorm room door as you are getting ready for class in the morning.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: This college has some great campus life. It has all of the advantages of both a small town and a city. The under classman dorms are a little run down but still nice and comfortable to live in. There is an option for upper classman to move into nicer dorms if they wish on the other side of campus. The social atmosphere is great! Even though it is a small college the atmosphere has its perks. Having a close knit campus allows you to get to know not only your peers well but also the professors. Alma definitely is a family in itself. The housing process is very easy and the faculty that oversees the housing is extremely helpful and willing to make sure that everyone is in a comfortable and safe living environment.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I rated just O.K. because I don't live off-campus.

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