Kalamazoo College

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1200 Academy Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

Phone: (269) 337-7000
2012-2013 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Kalamazoo College is a private institution that was founded in 1833. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,379, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 60 acres. It utilizes a trimester-based academic calendar. Kalamazoo College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 61. Its tuition and fees are $37,810 (2012-13).

The hilltop campus of Kalamazoo College is located in southwest Michigan, about 140 miles from both Detroit and Chicago. Students at Kalamazoo College can study in more than 25 undergraduate liberal arts fields and often learn through immersive, career-related programs. Through the Discovery Externship Program, freshmen and sophomores spend about two weeks living and working with alumni who work in the students' areas of study. Outside the classroom, students at K College, as it's known, can join more than 60 organizations or participate in stress-relieving activities such as concerts, craft projects and massages through the Wind Down Wednesday series.

Other campus activities include movie screenings each Friday night through the Zoo Flicks program and free food and games each Saturday night via the Zoo After Dark program. Student athletes can play for the orange and black K College Hornets varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Off campus, K College students can explore the shops and restaurants in the community of Kalamazoo and drive about 35 miles to the beaches of Lake Michigan.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Kalamazoo College is a private, highly selective liberal arts college with 1,379 students located in Kalamazoo, MI. While focusing on a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, the college also offers extensive experiential opportunities, including 3-9 months of international study (80% participation rate), career internships (50% participation rate), service-learning (75% participation rate)and undergraduate research (100% complete a Senior Individualized Project). Kalamazoo College also ranks 19th in the nation for graduates who go on to earn doctorate degrees. Kalamazoo College is also home to the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. The mission of the Arcus Center is to support the pursuit of human rights and social justice by nurturing emerging leaders and sustaining existing leaders in the theory and practice of transformative leadership for positive social change, and to create a pivotal role for liberal arts education in engendering a more just world.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1833
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar trimester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $169,495,896


When applying to Kalamazoo College, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 20 and November 10, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Kalamazoo College is $40. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 69 percent and an early acceptance rate of 92.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.0%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Kalamazoo College is 12:1, and the school has 63.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Kalamazoo College include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; English Language and Literature/Letters; Physical Sciences; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 91 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 74%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 17%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 13%
English Language and Literature/Letters 9%
Physical Sciences 9%
Psychology 9%

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Student Life

Kalamazoo College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,379, with a gender distribution of 42 percent male students and 58 percent female students. At this school, 75 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 25 percent of students live off campus. Kalamazoo College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,379
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Kalamazoo College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Kalamazoo College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Kalamazoo College, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Kalamazoo College.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $37,810 (2012-13)
Room and board $8,274 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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