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I am almost completed my first year atQuite BrightComputer Science
I am almost completed my first year at Alma, and I truely believe that this is one of the best Liberal Arts colleges in Michigan. Though the school might not be the best at every major, I believe that it holds a major strength in Sciences. The professors are VERY helpful and are willing to put in extra time to assist students in coursework or understanding the material. I have even had professors give their classes their cell phone number, and have called them at 10:30pm and they are totally open to helping out, even during their time off campus. The professors, staff and college really care about the students. The city of Alma might not be that exciting, but it is the same as all small towns, not much happens...which also means that the campus is very safe. Classes are interactive...not always straight lecture (though some are) allowing students to start discussions, voice their thoughts and receive feedback.
1st Year Male -- Class 2012
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: C
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I am currently a freshman at Alma CollegeQuite BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
I am currently a freshman at Alma College and have thus far enjoyed my time in "the bubble". (you'll learn that term if you go here) The town is ridiculously small with absolutely NOTHING to do. I highly recommend, no matter what the admissions reps tell you, BRING YOUR CAR! You WILL need it! Unless of course you want to have no fun and have an extremely boring life, then by all means, don't bring it. It's nice to have just for a drive to get off campus and out of Alma. Mt. Pleasant is only like fifteen minutes away. Alma College is very small with about 1400 students. There is very little diversity. Make friends right away and you'll be fine. A lot of the people that go here won't just come up to you and start talking. Make the initiative. If you want to have the typical college experience partying every weekend, get in early with the frat scene. It's easy to make yourself known at this school. There are usually pretty good parties every weekend but it's best if you know someone. Being a liberal arts college, everyone is very accepting of whatever background you may come from. People are generally quiet and keep to themselves, so don't take it personally. Professors are all pretty much amazing. They are all very willing to help or meet with you outside of class. They know you by first name and are usually pretty strict with attendance. (they might email you if you miss class) It's totally worth it though. I mean, after all you are there for an education. It's pretty hard to fail a class here, they have a great academic support office that will assist in finding tutors and helping you with any problems. There are a lot of quirky band theater kids here too. Highland dancing is a big deal and don't be scared of the excessive bagpiping at all hours. You won't find the typical jock from high school here. Honestly, there aren't very many hot people here. lol. But whatever. Not very much competition I guess. What else... I guess overall it's a good school that does everything to help you succeed. You can have that typical college lifestyle on a smaller scale. Good thing about Alma's location is the proximity to CMU and MSU. Hot party destinations if you're into that. OH! Dorm life. First year students will live in one of the four resident halls on north campus. Bruske is for quiet kind of weird kids, Mitchel is for the hardcore athletes, Gelston is for the party animals, and Newberry is for all girls until fall 2009. So pick accordingly. I hope my comments were helpful and as you probably noticed they were a bit scattered due to me not at all planning this. I assure you that everything I stated was the truth and very accurate coming from a college freshman that knows. Best of wishes if you choose to go to Alma!
1st Year Male -- Class 2012
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: F
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The facilities are slightlyQuite BrightEducation
The facilities are slightly outdated, although some renovations are being done. The food service is not good. Classes are difficult, but most professors are willing to work wity you.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2010
Collaboration/Competitive: A, Surrounding City: D+
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