“At no Ivy institution are the students so deeply engaged, so broadly prepared, or so heavily invested in a sense of community as at Kalamazoo. In short, no Ivy school is likely to have as much impact on a youth’s development.“
– Colleges That Change Lives
1200 Academy Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006
269.337.7166 / 800.253.3602
⋅ 13:1 student-to-faculty radio
⋅ Largest course in 2010 had 76 students, and 63% of courses had under 20 students
⋅ All courses are taught by professors – no teaching assistants!
⋅ Average class size of 16
⋅ Students represent 43 states and 32 foreign countries
⋅ 98% of students receive some form of financial aid.
⋅ Scholarships range between $10,000 and $24,500, with the average awarded at $15,000/year.
- Private, independent, liberal arts college founded in 1833.
- Kalamazoo, Michigan, is a thriving metro area of 200,000 located midway between Chicago and Detroit.
- The New England-style campus is located on 60 acres in a historic neighborhood in the city of Kalamazoo.
- Kalamazoo ranks 22nd in the nation among all colleges and universities for students ultimately earning a Ph.D.
- Kalamazoo is home to nationally recognized Study Abroad and First-Year Experience programs.
- World-renowned for the K-Plan, where 85% study abroad, 80% complete an internship.
- 86% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field.
- Our 3-quarter calendar offers variety and intensity.
- Open curriculum allows for maximum exploration of all fields.
- Close student-faculty relationships culminating with one-on-one mentoring from a faculty member during Senior Individualized Project.
Anthropology and Sociology
Art and Art History
East Asian Studies
English with an Emphasis on Writing
French Language & Literature
German Language & Literature
Human Development and Social Relations
International and Area Studies
Spanish Language & Literature
Anthropology and Sociology
International Economics and Business
Community and Global Health
Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Center for Complex Systems Studies
Shared Passages Seminars
- NCAA Division III offering 9 men’s and 9 women’s varsity sports, as well as countless intramural and club sports teams
- Kalamazoo believes in community — even local students are required to live on campus.
- Over 50 clubs and organizations, ranging from EnvOrg to Cirque du K to Ultimate Frisbee
17 varsity sports in NCAA Division III, Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association:
Lacrosse (starting in 2016)
Swimming and Diving
Track and Field
- Life at K makes life after K more successful for students in a variety of ways! First, Kalamazoo College is the “gold standard” of study abroad programs and has been since the oft-emulated K-Plan was established in 1962. Today, 80-85% of K students participate in meaningful, immersion, international and intercultural experiences — often characterized by home stays, an Integrative Cultural Research Project, and duration of three, six, or nine months — in some 41 programs in 25 countries.
- That K students are well prepared for future learning is made evident by those who choose the pathway of graduate education. K is ranked among the top undergraduate institutions nationwide for graduates earning Ph.D.s in chemistry (9th), biology (7th), foreign language (6th), physical sciences (17th), humanities (25th), and economics (18th).
- And whether one chooses graduate school or employment, Kalamazoo College is in the 99th percentile when it comes to adding value to a student’s college education.
- In 2009, K administered the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) to its seniors — the same class that took the exam as first-year students in 2005. The CLA measures the effect of a particular undergraduate curriculum on student improvement in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving, and written communication.
- The value added by a K education to the development of these aforementioned skills was well above what was expected, and K students performed without peer among the more than 100 institutions that participated in the CLA.
- Average ACT score: 28
- Average SAT score: 1215
- Average GPA: 3.77
- 357 students