Alma College

Men's D3 Coach: Michael Kinney
Profile
Size
2 / 10
1,426 Undergrads / 1,426 Students
Cost
6 / 10
$22,086 Net Price
Selectivity
5 / 10
64% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    Michigan (MIAA)

  • College Type

    4-year, Private non-profit

  • Campus Type

    Town: Distant

Student Body
Gender
  • Male
  • Female
Enrollment
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
Geography
  • In-State
  • Out-of-state
  • Foreign
  • Other
Ethnicity
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Foreign
  • Other
Student-to-faculty Ratio
12 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
77%
Overall Graduation Rate
68%
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
56% / 68%
Calendar System
Four-one-four plan
Religious Affiliation
Interdenominational
Housing
On campus housing is provided and is not required for incoming freshman

Other includes American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more races and unknown race / ethnicity.

Coach Recruiting Interview

What advice do you have for players interested in Division III schools?

Pick the school that's right for you. There are 3 key things that go into a DIII experience that will provide you a lifetime of great memories. First, focus on the academics. The academics have to be what you're looking for, they have to challenge you and they have to drive you, don't settle. It's the greatest time of your life so get out of your comfort zone and grow as a person.

Second, do your research on the program and ask tons of questions so there are no surprises later when you've committed and you're on campus. Make sure you overnight and fully understand what the culture of the team is like, how the guys act off the field and how the team is perceived in the athletic department, at administration, across campus and in the local community. Listen carefully to the coach's vision for the team. Do they want to compete for conference championships or is he looking to pad a resume and bounce? What are his expectations for the squad and how you fit in with his future plans? Are you roster spot, or are you going to compete for a spot on the field? Ask about the teams retention rate, their graduation rate and the overall team GPA. Most coaches should know these numbers off the top of their head and will freely share them with you.

Lastly, away from lacrosse, what kind of opportunities are there for you to have a social life on the campus. Can you pursue and explore other interests at that school? Can you travel abroad, can you join the choir, be in the band, can you play multiple sports and have the opportunity to be engaged on the campus? It's your experience, make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy it and that you can develop into a well rounded person upon graduation.

What is the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?

very school has a recruiting form, that's probably the best way to get on our radar. Emails with links to video are equally helpful, but at the end of the day, the form is key. We can get to local / regional games in the spring and we spend a ton of time watching Michigan kids, but for out of state guys, if they know their summer schedule, it's very helpful when they shoot us an email or text with their tournament schedule for the whole summer. If we can't get out to see them live, technology has come a long way and we watch a ton of film on kids. We're looking to see 1) if they're an athlete 2) if they have a high level of lacrosse IQ and 3) what kind of a player they are on ball off ball after a goal, etc.

What type of players do you look for and where?

We look for multi sport athletes. Everyone has their own idea of size and shape, but my attack range from 5' 6" to 6' 5" while my defense is usually all over 6' 1" but I'll take a scrapper at 5' 10. It really all varies on the type of player from a physical components. We're always looking for that diamond in the rough, the kid who competes hard, is a good teammate, who has composure on the field and the sideline and who can play within a team environment. We look every place for talent. We have 14 kids from 9 different states outside of Michigan and we're always looking to the next untapped area for players.

What areas of player development would you recommend players focus on to elevate their game?

The game has changed a lot over the years, but one thing remains constant, you've got to have exceptional stick skills to play at a high level. We've all heard it time and time again, hit the wall, hit the wall, hit the wall. If you can't catch and throw, you can't play at the next level. I'm always encouraging kids to get to a position development camp in the summer months. Playing so many games in the summer without working on technique; be it dodges, shooting, defending top side, etc. can actually hurt you long term I think. Take a week and get to a position camp run by college coaches. Ohio State has an excellent one, as does Michigan and others.

How has the accelerated recruiting landscape impacted your approach to recruiting?

I'm in a different world than the D1 guys so our attitude on recruiting is a little different perhaps. We're always talking to kids, getting to know them and their families. We're watching them play and seeing how they'd fit in our program. We want the absolute best student athletes that can help us win a conference championship, just like everyone else. So that will never change. It hasn't impacted us too much, we may have a few more juniors on campus for a day visit, but for us, a players junior year, the summer of a player's junior year and even his senior year are really important for us.

Are there any last pieces of advice for players and families you'd like to share?

I'm a firm believer that this is your decision as a family. Do what's right for you and your family and don't let a high priced club program or a high school coach influence your decision because of their agenda or what looks go on their website. It's your life and as a student athlete, I'd encourage you to follow your passion at the school that fits you the best. The quality of your education is the most important thing, quality lacrosse is the best bonus you could ever ask for.

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Team Road Trips

Road trips in recent years have primarily been to the nearby states of Illinois, Ohio and Indiana. Some other trips have also included going out to Colorado during spring break, and down to Kentucky and West Virginia.

Recruit Commits
2019
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Lucas Gratz Prior lake high school Prior Lake, MN Def, LSM
 
2016
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Brendan Sanderson Spring Lake High School Spring Lake, MI Def, LSM
Connor Alley Worthington Kilbourne Columbus, OH Att
Hank Wickley Cass Grande Petaluma, CA Goal
Austin Eaton Davison Davison, MI Att
Steven Hunyadi University School Pepper Pike, OH Att
Cam Morin Grand Ledge Diamondale, MI Mid, Faceoff
Jake Urbano Marysville Marysville, OH Mid, Faceoff
Garrett Heaney Anchor Bay New Baltimore, MI Def, LSM
Charlie Pryzbyol Okemos Okemos, MI Def, LSM
Tom Needham Saline Saline, MI Mid
Brendan Sanderson Spring Lake High School Spring Lake, MI Def, LSM
Dylan Greenberg New Albany New Albany, OH Def
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
Location
614 W Superior, Alma, MI, 48801, Alma, MI, 48801 See Directions
Team Videos
Where Grads Live
  • Greater Detroit Area
  • Saginaw Michigan Area
  • Greater Grand Rapids Michigan Area
  • Lansing Michigan Area
  • Greater Chicago Area
  • Kalamazoo Michigan Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Greater Denver Area
  • Greater New York City Area
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Greater Atlanta Area
  • Greater Seattle Area
  • Indianapolis Indiana Area
  • Greater Los Angeles Area
  • Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
Where Grads Work
  • Michigan State University
  • General Motors
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Central Michigan University
  • University of Michigan
  • Quicken Loans
  • State of Michigan
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Dow Corning
  • US Army
  • Chrysler Group LLC
  • Plante Moran
  • Auto-Owners Insurance
  • Deloitte
  • Ford Motor Company
What Grads Do
  • Education
  • Sales
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare Services
  • Community and Social Services
  • Research
  • Media and Communication
  • Information Technology
  • Administrative
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Support
  • Legal
Data from
Niche Grades
Overall
Student Life
Professors
Academics
Test Scores
SAT
Critical Reading
420 - 590
Math
510 - 600
Total
1020 - 1310
ACT
English
21 - 27
Math
20 - 26
Composite
20 - 27

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile. The writing component is now optional and no longer reported. Historical writing ranges: 453 - 555 for SAT; 8 - 8 for ACT

GPA
SAT Math
SAT Reading
ACT

This distribution represents incoming freshman test scores and GPA on 4.0 scale.

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Admissions
 
Total
Male
Female
Applicants 4,728 1,927 2,801
% Admitted 64% 60% 66%
% Admits That Enroll 13% 15% 12%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.5
  • Accepted
  • Denied
  • Applied
  • Waitlisted
  • Admission Considerations
     
    Required
    Recommended Rec.
    High School GPA
    High School Rank
    High School Transcript
    College Prep Classes
    Recommendations
    Demonstrate Competencies
    Admission Test Scores
    Other Tests (Wonderlic, etc.)
    TOEFL (English proficiency)
    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Health Professions (25%)
    Business (16%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (10%)
    Education (10%)
    Psychology (8%)
    Communication & Journalism (6%)
    Visual & Performing Arts (5%)
    Social Sciences (5%)
    History (3%)
    Physical Sciences (3%)
    Natural Resources & Conservation (2%)
    Foreign Languages (2%)
    English Language & Literature (2%)
    Mathematics & Statistics (1%)
    Interdisciplinary Studies (1%)
    Philosophy & Religious Studies (1%)
    Computer & Information Sciences (1%)
    Financial
    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.

    $22,086

    Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.

    Net price for all students (private non-profit and for profit institutions).

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    Sticker Price

    Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

     
    Undergraduate
     
    On Campus
    Tuition & Fees$38,768
    Books & Supplies$800
    Cost of Living$10,642
    Personal Expenses$2,265
     
    Sticker Price$52,475

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    100% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

     
    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship100%$28,481
    Federal Grants37%$4,493
    Pell Grants37%$4,308
    Other Federal11%$622
    State & Local Grants67%$2,208
    Institutional Grants100%$25,336
     
    Student Loans96%$9,328
    Federal Loans96%$6,085
    Other Loans25%$12,759

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

     
    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Endowment
    Financial Assets $121 Million $84,651

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.

    Debt

    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $27,000.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

     
    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $23,000 $287

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 3.5%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 756 students.

    Salary

    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $42,200

    Earnings of former students working by percentile.

    Earnings of former students who received federal financial aid. Figures shown are median.

    Payback

    How long until this college investment pays off: 6.24 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 56% of students graduate on time.

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    Campus Safety
     
    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 5 5
    Fondling 5 5
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault - -
    Burglary 4 4
    Motor Vehicle Theft - -
    Arson - -

    In Residence Halls are a subset of On Campus statistics. Murder includes non-negligent manslaughter.

    The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here. Statistics represent 3-year average data.

    Data from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

    Carnegie Classifications
    Category
    Classification
    Basic ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
    Undergrad InstructionBalanced arts & sciences/professions, no graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionNot classified (Exclusively Undergraduate)
    Enrollment ProfileExclusively undergraduate four-year
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, selective, lower transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, small, highly residential

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