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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.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Town: Distant|
|Student Faculty Ratio||12:1|
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||Recommended|
|College Prep Courses||NA|
|Recommendations||Considered But Not Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|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|
|Average Total Aid||$30,844|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||100%|
|Room & Board||$11,384|
- 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
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|
|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|
|All Social Science Majors||21 Total Graduates / 8%|
|Political Science and Government, General||7 Graduates|
|Economics, General||6 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.
|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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