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Alma College is a small, private, not-for-profit college in Alma, Michigan. The school offers undergraduate degrees and was founded in 1886, which makes it a significant part of the town of Alma. The student enrollment is just over 1,400 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 12 to 1; a comfortable ratio making it easier for you to get into your professor’s office to discuss an issue with one of your classes.

Overview of Alma College

The college is an integral part of the town, so you’re liable to spend as much time in one as you do the other. The town is the only populated area in a larger, rural area filled with mostly farms. This makes it much easier for you to learn your way around the area and find your favorite places to relax but may not be optimal for those who are looking to have access to some kind of night life.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Town: Distant
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 12:1
Graduation Rate 67%
Year Founded 1886

Student Enrollment

Total Students1,442


Undergraduate Student

Male 606
Female 836

Graduate Student

Male NA
Female NA

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Male 1,302
Female 1,734


Male 768
Female 1,127

Acceptance Rate62%

Male 59%
Female 65%

Enrollment 376

Male 166
Female 210
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Recommended
College Prep Courses NA
Recommendations Considered But Not Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Room and board, tuition, books, supplies, and other various costs are all rolled together into the total cost. The total cost for Alma College is $55,820. However, you likely aren’t going to have to pay this entire amount. Instead you will be responsible for the net price: the amount left over after your financial aid has been applied. In a recent academic year, the average net price was $23,180. How much your net price is will depend based on your family’s annual income, since financial aid eligibility is usually based on income. Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 paid around $21,670, while families earning between $75,001 and $100,000 paid around $23,304.

In the same school year, all freshmen students qualified for financial aid. Every student received an average of $30,844 in grants or scholarships and the same number of students received an average of $27,679 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $23,180
Average Total Aid $30,844
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $11,384

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $41,398
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $41,398
  • Books and Supplies - $800
  • Room & Board - $11,384
  • Other - $2,238


Before you sign up to attend here, it’s important to note that you won’t have any evening class or online/distance learning options. If you plan to work while you attend school, this lack of flexibility may be an issue you need to consider.

However, if you don’t have a problem with full, on-campus attendance for all of your classes, you shouldn’t have an issue. In fact, most students who choose to attend this school return for their sophomore year as well. If you decide to continue attending as well, you’ll become part of the retention rate, which for Alma College is 77%. This refers to the fact that 77 out of 100 students return for their second year of education. The 4-year graduation rate is a bit low at 57% percent and the 6-year graduation rate is better at 67%.

The most popular degree programs offered are health professions and related programs; business, management, marketing and related services; education; communication, journalism and related programs; biological and biomedical sciences; and social sciences.

Student Population Total

Student Population 1,442

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : No

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 62 Total Graduates / 23%
Health and Wellness, General 28 Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 22 Graduates
Athletic Training/Trainer 6 Graduates
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 6 Graduates
All Business Majors 50 Total Graduates / 18%
Business Administration and Management, General 22 Graduates
Accounting 11 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 9 Graduates
Finance, General 6 Graduates
All Education Majors 27 Total Graduates / 10%
Elementary Education and Teaching 11 Graduates
Secondary Education and Teaching 9 Graduates
Education, General 7 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 23 Total Graduates / 8%
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 12 Graduates
Communication, General 11 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 21 Total Graduates / 8%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 12 Graduates
Biochemistry 4 Graduates
Neuroscience 3 Graduates
Biotechnology 2 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 21 Total Graduates / 8%
Political Science and Government, General 7 Graduates
Economics, General 6 Graduates
Sociology 5 Graduates
Anthropology 3 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 25%

Outcome & Salary

After you’ve graduated, you’ll hopefully have a job that can become a career. Graduate’s average overall salaries after they leave Alma College are around $65,169. Their early-career salaries average closer to $49,800 and their mid-career salaries jump up to $93,600.

This puts your 10-year salary earning potential at $651,690 and your 20-year earning potential at $1,587,690. The average 4-year cost of education is $92,720, which you then subtract from your salary earnings potential in order to find your 10-year projected return on investment (ROI), which is $558,970; and your 20-year projected ROI is $1,494,970.

High school graduates who don’t go to college earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income, $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $49,800
College Grads Average Salary $65,169
College Grads Mid Career Salary $93,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $651,690
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,587,690
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $92,720
10 Year Projected ROI $558,970
20 Year Projected ROI $1,494,970
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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