Kalamazoo College

Six students gather near the Hicks Student Center at 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 has virtual visits available with a limited number of in-person tours. Visit kzoo.edu/visit or contact us for more information.

  • Phone: 269.337.7166 / Toll-free: 1.800.253.3602
  • Fax: 269.552.5083
  • Email: admission@kzoo.edu

We encourage visitors to explore virtual options at: http://www.kzoo.edu/admission/visiting/.

Kalamazoo College
1200 Academy Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006
269.337.7166 / 800.253.3602
⋅ 1,491 students
⋅ Students come from 38 states and 33 countries.
⋅ 13:1 student-to-faculty radio
⋅ The largest course in 2019 had 48 students, and 89% of courses had fewer than 30 students. The average class size is 17 students.
⋅ All courses are taught by professors, not teaching assistants.

⋅ Comprehensive fee for 2020-21: $62,910
⋅ 98% of students receive some form of financial aid.
⋅ Scholarships range between $20,000 and $33,000 a year. The average merit scholarship for the 2019-20 incoming class was nearly $32,300.

Three students cheer on the Kalamazoo College football team at Homecoming

Chemistry professor teaches a class at Kalamazoo College

Two graduating students in their cap and gown at a Kalamazoo College commencement

A professor and student work on jazz techniques at Kalamazoo College

A Kalamazoo College running back runs during a football game

  • 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 College is the home of nationally recognized study abroad and first-year experience programs.
  • About 70 percent of Kalamazoo College students study abroad in 56 programs and 29 countries on six continents.
  • Kalamazoo College is nationally known for the K-Plan, an integral, personalized approach to an excellent education in the liberal arts and sciences.
  • About 71 percent of K students participate in career development programs such as career coaching, networking receptions, career workshops, internships and externships.
  • Kalamazoo College ranks in the top 5 percent among all colleges and universities for students ultimately earning a Ph.D., according to the National Science Foundation.

Faculty & Academics
  • 94% 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.

Anthropology and Sociology
Art History
Art – Studio Art
Classical Civilization
Computer Science
Critical Ethnic Studies
East Asian Studies
Human Development and Social Relations
Independent Interdisciplinary Major
Political Science
Theatre Arts
Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Anthropology and Sociology
Art – Studio Art
Art History
Classical Civilization
Computer Science
Political Science
Theatre Arts

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
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
Women’s volleyball

Life After College
  • In the Class of 2019, 92% of those who sought employment had secured jobs within six months of graduation.
  • Among those who apply, 86% of Kalamazoo College students are accepted to medical school.
  • About 48% 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: 27
  • Average SAT score: 1271
  • Average GPA: 3.86
  • 395 students
  • Kalamazoo College is a test-optional school.