Students Say

If you are looking for a “unique” school with “close knit” community and a study abroad program that “is bar none," look no further than Kalamazoo. Founded in 1833, this Michigan school is known for its flexible “K Plan,” which “allows students to design their own schedules with only a few universal requirements.” “The curriculum is writing intensive and prepares students for a broad spectrum of jobs that may be available,” one economics major explains. Because of its intimate size, Kalamazoo College is a place where students “feel like a name rather than a number.” The school’s “smart, demanding, [and] supportive” professors are “one of the best things about the school.”

Overview

Applicants
2,366
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average HS GPA
3.78

GPA Breakdown

55%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
527.5 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 700
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 670
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
February 15

Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

If you are looking for a “unique” school with “close knit” community and a study abroad program that “is bar none," look no further than Kalamazoo. Founded in 1833, this Michigan school is known for its flexible “K Plan,” which “allows students to design their own schedules with only a few universal requirements.” “The curriculum is writing intensive and prepares students for a broad spectrum of jobs that may be available,” one economics major explains. Because of its intimate size, Kalamazoo College is a place where students “feel like a name rather than a number.” The school’s “smart, demanding, [and] supportive” professors are “one of the best things about the school.” They “take the time to get to know you” by being “really accessible” and wanting “you to come to their office hours to talk with them.” The professors at Kalamazoo have real world experience in their fields and bring these “interesting experiences into the classroom to be discussed broken apart piece by piece and put back together in a meaningful and productive way.” “As at any college, there are some mediocre or bad professors,” one student cautions, “but I have had far more great experiences than poor ones.” Kalmazoo’s education goes beyond just academics. As one student explains, “We learn skills that not only prepare us for careers in the future, but also how to be better people.” A psychology major sums up Kalamazoo as “a place that encompasses social justice, challenging, yet enriching academics, inside a liberal atmosphere.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
124
with Terminal Degree
104

66
Women
58
Men
27
Minority
2
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
81%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Human Development and Family Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General
  • History, Other

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Religion/Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology, Other
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

Payscale.com reports that 52 percent of Kalamazoo College graduates consider their careers to be bettering the world in some way. The school’s Center for Career and Professional Development offers resources like the Recruiting Expo, a café-style gathering where students can interact with potential employers or internship supervisors. Regardless of what job you choose, “Kalamazoo College not only educates you to be successful in a career, but in all aspects of life.” According to Payscale, one of the most popular jobs for Kalamazoo graduates is district sales manager, with an average starting salary for graduates of $36,300. Economics, Business Economics, Computer Science, and Psychology are among the school’s most popular majors. Students praise the K-Plan, noting that it’s “practical for both career and grad-school preparation. Most of all, [Kalamazoo College] has one of the strongest study abroad programs in the country,” helping connect students with future job opportunities abroad. More than 80 percent of K students study abroad for three, six, or nine months.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
81%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$36,300

Median Mid-Career Salary
$75,000

Alumni with High Job Meaning
52%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
86

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 23

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Bottom Line

Annual tuition is roughly $40,700, with 97 percent of undergrads receiving some form of financial aid. Add to the tuition roughly another $9,900 for room and board, books, and fees and a year at Kalamazoo College is over $50,600. The average freshman receives approximately $25,500 in need-based aid, with other undergraduates receiving only slightly more. The average needbased financial aid package—a combination of scholarships/gifts and loans—is approximately $33,000 and the average senior graduates from Kalamazoo College with around $27,200 in debt. One student singles out the financial aid offered—“[Kalamazoo College] gave me the best financial aid package”—as a key reason for attending the school.

Bang For Your Buck

According to the school’s website, nearly 80 percent of Kalamazoo students complete an internship or an externship. “Through internships, externships, study abroad and the Senior Individualized Project,” says a student, “all [Kalamazoo] students graduate completely ready to pursue a career in what they are passionate about or to continue their education on the next level.” One student praised the Financial Aid office, saying the “department is wonderful [and does] a great job helping students find the aid they need.” Kalamazoo College reports that it meets an average of 91 percent of student financial need.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,977

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,990

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,747

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,405

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
57%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$27,512

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$40,728
Required Fees
$333
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$705

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,900
Transportation for Commuters
$660

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

“Liberal kids dominate” at Kalamazoo, but students stress that “everyone who goes to K can find a different niche to fit in to.” Although “a large percentage of students do come from Michigan or the Midwest,” the student body includes many foreign students, and the majority of students study abroad. “It’s no secret that everyone at K is weird,” one happy student explains. “But the good thing is that we’re all weird in different ways. And we’re all awesome weirdos.” As another student explains, “K is all about taking the smart and slightly quirky people from high school and putting them together in an environment that involves hard work and worldly experience.” If there is one thing that Kalamazoo students have in common, it is creativity. Students are “creative in their schoolwork, hobbies, extracurricular activities, fashions, basically anything.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,461
Out of State
31%

International
9%
Foreign Countries Represented
32

Demographics

6.41%
Asian
5.67%
African-American
10.07%
Hispanic
66.00%
Caucasian
6.26%
Unknown
8.87%
International

57% female
43% male
31% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Kalamazoo students can’t say enough about “the sense of community at this school” that students guarantee is “something that you won’t be able to find at most other schools.” “A welcoming spirit” abounds in this “home-like environment where everyone knows and loves everyone.” Because of the school’s size, “students are heavily invested in their education and engaged in campus life.” Students enjoy strolling around the “Ivy League-style campus” and “club involvement is huge.” Downtown Kalamazoo is right off campus, giving students access to urban amenities like “quality restaurants” and “a nice movie theater.” However, another student cautions that “the downtown is basic and many shops and restaurants fall outside of a student budget.” Consequently, “campus is the social hub.” Kalamazoo fosters an intellectually active community and much of student life revolves around “discussing issues surrounding social justice or politics.” The “work hard, play hard mentality” can be seen through the numerous parties—“more than you’d expect for such a small, academic school.” However, there is something for everyone on campus as “the school puts on lots of events for those who wish to avoid partying.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
66%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
50
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Hornets)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports (Hornets)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Western Michigan University

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
6

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
60%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Elyse Dunsford
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admission
1200 Academy St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49006

Phone
8775579755

Email
Elyse.Dunsford@kzoo.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Upjohn Library Commons
The Quad
Coffee Shop
Hicks Student Center
Dorm Lounges in Residence Halls

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Kalamazoo Air Zoo
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Kal-Haven Trail
Kellogg Biological Station

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Sat. in session only
8am-5pm and 9am-noon Sat.
8775579755

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Weekdays/Some Weekends (acad year)

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@kzoo.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1-night stay; Sun-Fri HS Senior only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport is 5.4 miles from campus. The admission office will arrange a pick-up service if you call in advance of your arrival (arrangements should be made 2 weeks ahead). Taxis are also available at the airport. Amtrak trains traveling between Detroit and Chicago stop in Kalamazoo 4 times daily. Major bus lines also serve the city. Taxis are available for the short trip to campus from the bus/train terminal.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the north (Grand Rapids) or south (Indianapolis) Take US 131 to Kalamazoo. Take Exit number 38a, West Main Street (M-43) East. Proceed east toward Kalamazoo for 3.5 miles. As you descend the hill on West Main Street, there will be a cemetery on your left. Turn right onto Thompson Street at the Dow Science Center. From the east (Detroit) or west (Chicago) Take Interstate 94 to Kalamazoo/Portage. Exit 75, Oakland Drive. Take Oakland drive north (turn right if coming from the east, left if from the west). Proceed north toward Kalamazoo through nine traffic lights (about 3 miles). Oakland Drive merges with Stadium Drive at the ninth light. Stay to the left as you proceed onto Stadium Drive. Make a sharp left-hand turn onto Academy Street at the end of the median.
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Key Stats

2,366
Applicants
1,461
Size
70%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists