4-year, Regionally accredited
Affiliation: Presbyterian Church
A traditional undergraduate 128-acre brick-and-mortar college located in the middle of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula (the “mitten”), Alma College is home to about 1,400 fulltime students, all under the age of 25. At first glance an expensive college (listed cost to attend of $50K per year), prospective enrollees should dig deeper as it appears that everyone gets a grant or scholarship, or both, bringing the annual net cost to about $22K. In our opinion, this makes Alma College worth a close look.
Bachelor programs in business, health, education, psychology, biology, fine arts and music are popular. We noted a very low default rate on Alma College graduates’ student loans. This indicates Alma grads are both employed and conscientious, an endorsement of the college, its programs and its students’ maturity that we think is important. The college does not offer online programs, the only shortcoming we observed.
The coed student population is diverse. Alma claims students from nine foreign countries and 27 states. Almost 90% of first-year students return to Alma, an indication they like where they are. Taking into account all the above, we urge prospective enrollees to consider Alma College.