Kalamazoo College

“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.
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Kalamazoo College
1200 Academy Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006
269.337.7166 / 800.253.3602
admission@kzoo.edu
www.kzoo.edu
⋅ 1,450 students
⋅ 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
⋅ Comprehensive fee for 2017-18: $56,082
⋅ 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.

Character
  • 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.

Worth Noting
  • 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.

Faculty & Academics
  • 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.

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Majors
Anthropology and Sociology
Art
Art History
Art and Art History
Biology
Business
Chemistry
Classical Civilization
Classics
Computer Science
East Asian Studies
Economics
English
English with an Emphasis on Writing
French Language & Literature
German Language & Literature
Greek
History
Human Development and Social Relations
Independent Interdisciplinary
International and Area Studies
Latin
Mathematics
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
Spanish Language & Literature
Theatre Arts

Minors:
Anthropology and Sociology
Art
Art History
Business
Chinese
Greek
Latin
Computer Science
Economics
English
French
German
History
International Economics and Business
Japanese
Mathematics
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
Spanish
Theatre Arts

Concentrations:
African Studies
American Studies
Biochemistry-Molecular Biology
Biological Physics
Classical Civilization
Community and Global Health
Environmental Studies
Independent Interdisciplinary
Jewish Studies
Media Studies
Pre-law
Pre-med
Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Women’s Studies

Special Programs
Center for Complex Systems Studies
Interdisciplinary Courses
Neglected Languages
Physical Education
Shared Passages Seminars
3-2 Engineering

Campus Life
  • 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

Varsity Sports

17 varsity sports in NCAA Division III, Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association:

Baseball (Men)
Basketball
Cross Country
Football (Men)
Golf
Lacrosse (starting in 2016)
Soccer
Softball (Women)
Swimming and Diving
Tennis
Track and Field
Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
  • 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.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Average ACT score: 28
  • Average SAT score: 1215
  • Average GPA: 3.77
  • 357 students