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Academics

Kalamazoo College, a private liberal arts college in Michigan, brings a personalized approach to education through a flexible, open curriculum featuring realworld experience, service learning, study abroad, and an independent senior year project. This small, nationally-recognized institution "allows students to really develop personal relationships with their peers and professors" and is "a campus run by and for the students." The open curriculum means "students have more time to explore exactly what they want to learn, rather than being required to take classes in which they have no interest," and the school motto of "more in Four" not only describes how much students will learn in their time at Kalamazoo, but "also that this institution will try as hard as possible to get you to graduate in 4 years." As for post-graduate plans, alumni are "very easy to contact and willing to help." "Through alumni interaction and my experiences at Kalamazoo there is a huge culture of giving back to the school and being there for each other," says a student.

Full-time professors here, 90 percent of whom hold a PhD or the highest degree in their field, "present challenging information and generally work to achieve camaraderie with students." They "definitely understand that classes may be difficult and really, truly want to help students learn the best they can," and also view students "as equals and peers, and are open to listening to everyone's ideas in classes." Professors "demand quite a lot, but only from a desire to teach the material effectively"; they also "message their departments with internship opportunities quite regularly." Most students only have three classes at a time (the school is on a trimester system) "because each class here tends to be more intense."

Student Body

Kalamazoo College students are generally "very open-minded, unique, liberal, and quirky," and "you will never find any two students that are the same here." This is mostly a campus of "socially conscious liberals who are predominantly white," though there are a fair number of people with conservative ideologies. While many admit Kalamazoo "needs more diversity in race," students say it is a "very open campus community for people of different gender identities and sexualities." Each student is able to find their niche quickly due to the smallschool environment, thus "everyone is always engaged in some kind of work they truly care about."

Campus Life

Academics are a universal student priority at Kalamazoo, and "missing classes or letting work slack for social lives and hangovers doesn't happen often." Many times residence halls will host community building events that provide "good food and fun activities," and the school puts on numerous events for the students such as Friday night movies and "Zoo After Dark," and offers a wide variety of programs and clubs to join, and "all are accessible to students who want to pursue them." There "isn't a lot to do' in the surrounding area, but those that are twenty-one can hit a few bars or clubs and those with access to a car can drive to nearby malls and cities. There "is not a lot of time to have fun on weekdays since things move quickly," but people make time for good old Netflix, room hangs, and coffee breaks. Athletics are popular and "easy to get into"; some teams are more competitive than others, "but for the most part if you played in high school you can play in college." Most students study abroad at some point in their Kalamazoo career (typically junior year).

Overview

Applicants
3,626
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average HS GPA
3.73

GPA Breakdown

57%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 680
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 660

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 710
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 710

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — February 15

Early Action — November 15

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
125
with Terminal Degree
106

65
Women
60
Men
33
Minority
3
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
73%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

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

Notable Faculty


Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
73%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

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:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$36,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$75,000

Percent High Job Meaning
52%


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.

Dates

Application Deadlines

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,667

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,998

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,214

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
61%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,653

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$29,445

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,510
Required Fees
$336
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$720

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,900
Transportation for Commuters
$419

On-Campus Room and Board
$8,886
Comprehensive Fee

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


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,443
Foreign Countries Represented
32

Demographics

7.41%
Asian
5.93%
African-American
10.30%
Hispanic
58.79%
Caucasian
5.01%
Unknown
7.69%
International

56% female
44% male
33% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
53%
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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