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Alma is small but they tell you thatBrightUndecided
Alma is small but they tell you that before you come so you know what you are getting yourself into. The courses are difficult if you wish to succeed you have to do your homework and study for each class every night; not just the night before an exam. Also i believe like any school the social life here is what you make of it. I know plenty of students who complain about the social life but then they are the people who refuse to give it a chance and go home or to another school every weekend. For a small school Alma has some pretty good parties they are usually at the Frats but are sometimes at other locations. The nice thing about Alma being small is when you go to a party you actually know people there unlike big schools. The only thing i dislike about Alma so far is the food is not fantastic but you can not go to college expecting a great meal everyday.
1st Year Female -- Class 2014
Useful Schoolwork: 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 three years that I have spent onBrightCommunications
The three years that I have spent on this college campus were the most challenging years of my life. I am a person of color and though I am labeled as a senior I refuse to finish my last year here. There are various problems with the school and how they treat students of color, L.G.B.T.Q+, disability, and low financial status. Where do I even begin! For students with disabilities involving mobility issues, there is only one mobility scooter on the whole campus of which you can use until 5 pm,there are only about 7 automatic door buttons that actually work on the whole campus, and even though they have dorm rooms for people with disabilities there are only one per floor and no elevators to reach the other two rooms. For students of the L.G.B.T.Q.+ community there are far more close-minded students and faculty then there are open-minded ones. Between students tearing the signs off of the "inclusive" bathrooms, to teachers bullying you because they don't want to acknowledge you by your preferred name. For students of color, I'm not saying that you are automatically going to be discriminated against, but you are going to have to work a lot harder to get through this experience. You'll have to watch how you carry yourself around others because there are many people around here that will quickly label you as a threat. Many will be quick to confirm stereotypes based on your actions and many of the staff will judge you for it. It is best for you to network throughout the school so you can obtain a somewhat comfortable experience. Finally, if you cannot afford the tuition I highly recommend you stay away from this school. To them, there is such thing as too many scholarships despite how many they say you are qualified for they will only allow a few. They force you to take expensive spring terms (that can't be covered by financial aid). And asking the business office for help is practically impossible they will highly recommend you apply for a loan despite what you tell them. All the school wants is your money they throw random charges and if you are offered a refund they find ways to charge you more to keep your money. (charged me a $67 spring fee WTF is a spring fee I wasn't even on campus). They don't even use the money to fix up the school, with all the mold, cracked walls and ceilings, not up to code themed housing, multiple insect infestations, and their very low maintenance response times. I could go on and on but that's not even the half of it, on a good note you will make a lot of friends and it is possible to have a social life on campus they try to provide trips and things to do but, honestly you will need a car to have fun elsewhere.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2018
Extracurricular Activities: A+, Education Quality: F
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