Diversity Makes a Difference
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword with university admissions officers and students alike. What does it mean to you?
Often when we speak of diversity, what we mean is multiculturalism, or the acceptance of individuals of different ethnicities, cultures, races, beliefs and financial backgrounds.
So, what are we striving for when we want to see more diversity in college?
When most students seek diversity on a college campus, what they are looking for are opportunities to express themselves and find community with others who believe the same way, as well as opportunities to learn from those from different backgrounds and cultures.
Diversity can be encouraged by the university in several ways. First, institutions should be making an effort to hire a varied faculty to nurture students. But the school should also be doing the best they can to foster substantial interactions between people from different backgrounds. This prevents students and faculty from self-segregating and helps bring about positive connections.
Get Started Learning About Diversity at Alma, and how it Compares to Other Schools in the United States.
Average Diversity at This School
We come up with an overall diversity grade for each school by looking at racial, ethnic, age, geographic and gender diversity.
Alma College sits at an average ranking when it comes to overall diversity at #1,436 nationwide.
Substandard Ethnic Diversity
Many students value the opportunity to meet and learn from other students from different ethnic and racial backgrounds, unfortunately, that may be difficult at this school.
Alma College is ranked #2,098 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is below the national average.
Explore Alma Ethnic Diversity
If the data is available, the chart will also display Alma faculty diversity.
Equal Balance of Male and Female Students
If you desire a campus with a relatively equal balance of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At Alma College, the male to female student ratio is far above the national average of about 40:60 with a student body that is equally balanced.
This college is ranked at #623 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 632 males and 764 females.
Analyze Male/Female Diversity at Alma
Where available, the chart below includes the male to female ratio among Alma's faculty, as well as students.
Average Location Diversity
Would you prefer a college that attracts students from all across the United States, or would you prefer a local college that primarily pulls students from your home state?
In order to come up with the geographic diversity for each school, we factored in where every student lived before they attended college.
About 89.8% of the students attending Alma College come from within Michigan. This makes Alma an average school when it comes to this factor and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #1,425.
Learn About Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 14 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
The Amount of International Students at Alma
There is a small community of about 14 international students at Alma College representing 8 countries. For all the details, go to the Alma International Student Page.
What is the Age Diversity of the Students?
Are you looking for a college where the student body represents a mix of different ages and generations, or would you prefer a college where most students are about your own age?
The "traditional" college student is thought to be between the ages of 18-22. At Alma College, 89.7% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Alma #1,480 in the nation for student age diversity.
Alma Age Diversity Chart
Analyze the age range of Alma undergraduates with the following bar chart.
Questions About Diversity
- How is Alma doing at attracting students from all financial backgrounds?
Schools with higher than average ethnic and location diversity still may not be diverse when it comes to other factors, such as income levels. Get a better idea of how Alma supports low-income students by visiting the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Alma?
Call the school to learn about what they are doing to promote diversity, and what student groups, associations and clubs are present that encourage varied points of views on campus.