Ph.D. Productivity

Baccalaureate Origins of Doctorate Degrees

Outranking many prominent schools, Kalamazoo College ranks in the top 2 percent among all U.S. colleges and universities surveyed for the percent of students ultimately earning a doctorate, according to the National Science Foundation. Kalamazoo College is the only Michigan college or university among the top 33 institutions nationally.

These findings come from the latest report issued by Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium. Kalamazoo College’s 17th place ranking is based on the proportion of students going on to earn doctorate degrees from 2005 to 2014. Among all colleges and universities, Kalamazoo College ranks 33rd in PhD production.

Kalamazoo College is ranked among the top 50 for private liberal arts colleges in the following fields:

Physical Sciences 9th
Life Sciences 11th
Psychology 15th
Math and Computer Science 17th
Education 20th
Social Sciences 27th
Business 35th
Communication 35th
Humanities 38th

Kalamazoo College is ranked among the top 50 of all colleges and universities in the following fields:

Physical Sciences 16th
Psychology 20th
Life Sciences 27th
Social Sciences 45th
Education 49th
Computer Science 49th


From the 2017 Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Study based on data from the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates.