Kalamazoo College

Visitors walk toward Hicks Student Center in winter

“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

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
⋅ The largest course in 2016-17 had 48 students and 90% of courses had under 30 students.
⋅ All courses are taught by professors, not teaching assistants.
⋅ The average class size has 17 students.
⋅ Our students come from 43 of the United States and 32 additional countries.
⋅ Comprehensive fee for 2017-18: $56,082
⋅ 98% of students receive some form of financial aid.
⋅ Scholarships range between $15,000 and $31,000, with the average awarded at $23,500 per year.

Graduates attend Kalamazoo College Commencement

Kalamazoo College student in her residence at Trowbridge Hall

Kalamazoo College faculty engage students in small classrooms

Stetson Chapel is a Kalamazoo College landmark for ceremonies and gatherings

Kalamazoo College students study abroad in places such as Erlangen, Germany

Character
  • Kalamazoo College is a private, independent, liberal arts college. Founded in 1833, K is one of the 100 oldest colleges and universities in the country.
  • The Kalamazoo-Portage metropolitan area, with more than 335,000 people, allows students to connect their academic work with off-campus experiences a short walk or bus ride away.
  • The campus is located on 60 acres in a historic neighborhood in the city of Kalamazoo.

Worth Noting
  • Kalamazoo ranks in the top 5 percent among all colleges and universities for students ultimately earning a Ph.D., according to the National Science Foundation.
  • Kalamazoo College is the home of nationally recognized study abroad and first-year experience programs.
  • Kalamazoo College is nationally known for the K-Plan, an integral, personalized approach to an excellent education in the liberal arts and sciences.
  • About 70 percent of Kalamazoo College students study abroad in 42 programs and 24 countries on six continents.
  • About 71 percent of K students participate in career development programs such as career coaching, networking receptions, career workshops, internships and externships.

Faculty & Academics
  • 90 percent of full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or the most advanced degree in their field.
  • The K-Plan allows students to shape their majors and explore other fields with guidance from faculty.
  • Student-faculty interaction goes beyond the classroom to include research projects, college committees and community projects. The connections Kalamazoo College students and faculty form last well beyond graduation.

Areas of Study

Kalamazoo College offers 30 majors, 22 minors, five special programs and 13 concentrations. For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Majors
Anthropology and Sociology
Art History
Art – Studio Art
Biology
Business
Chemistry
Classical Civilization
Classics
Computer Science
Critical Ethnic Studies
East Asian Studies
Economics
English
French
German
Greek
History
Human Development and Social Relations
Independent Interdisciplinary Major
Latin
Mathematics
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
Spanish
Theatre Arts
Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Minors
Anthropology and Sociology
Art – Studio Art
Art History
Chinese
Classical Civilization
Computer Science
English
French
German
Greek
History
Japanese
Latin
Mathematics
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
Spanish
Theatre Arts

Concentrations
African Studies
American Studies
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biological Physics
Community and Global Health
Critical Theory
Environmental Studies
Film and Media Studies
Independent Interdisciplinary
Jewish Studies
Neuroscience
Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Women, Gender, and Sexuality

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

Campus Life
  • At the heart of campus life is the concept of residential living that provides a vital contribution to the full education and development of students.
  • Kalamazoo College has more than 70 student organizations including interest-based, advocacy/identity-based, social and political groups.
  • Intramural sports provide a safe and fun environment open to students not participating in that junior varsity or varsity sport.
  • Student traditions on campus include the annual Monte Carlo Night with casino-style games a dance hall, a DJ and a photo booth; and Cafsgiving, a version of Thanksgiving that happens the Thursday before Thanksgiving break.

Varsity Sports

Kalamazoo College participates in nine men’s and nine women’s NCAA Division III varsity sports through the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. They include:

Men’s baseball
Men’s and women’s basketball
Men’s and women’s cross country
Men’s football
Men’s and women’s golf
Men’s and women’s lacrosse
Men’s and women’s soccer
Women’s softball
Men’s and women’s swimming and diving
Men’s and women’s tennis
Men’s and women’s track and field
Women’s volleyball

Life After College
  • In the Class of 2016, 92 percent of those who sought employment had secured jobs within six months of graduation.
  • Among those who apply, 80 percent of Kalamazoo College students are accepted to medical school.
  • Nearly 50 percent of our alumni attend graduate school, law school or medical school within five years of graduating.
  • In 2013, Kalamazoo College seniors placed in the 95th percentile among those taking the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), which measures the benefits of an undergraduate curriculum on student improvement in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving and written communication.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Average ACT score: 28
  • Average SAT score: 1300
  • Average GPA: 3.84
  • 455 students
  • Kalamazoo College is a test-optional school.