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Fast Facts About Kalamazoo College

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  • Mission: to prepare graduates to better understand, live successfully within, and provide enlightened leadership to a richly diverse and increasingly complex world
  • Founded in 1833, among the 100 oldest institutions in the country
  • Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a mid-sized city just 35 miles from Lake Michigan and approximately 140 miles from both Detroit and Chicago
  • Nationally known for the K-Plan:
    • Depth and Breadth in the Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Learning Through Experience
    • International Engagement
    • Senior Individualized Project
  • Strong focus on Experiential Education:
    • More than two-thirds of students complete an internship or externship
    • 80-85 percent of students participate in a meaningful, immersive international and intercultural experience—often characterized by home stays, an Integrative Cultural Research Project, and duration of three to nine months—in 41 programs in 24 countries on six continents
    • Over half of students participate in course-based or student-led co-curricular service-learning projects
    • All students engage in a Senior Individualized Project, an in-depth research or creative project done in the senior year
  • Outstanding performance on the nationwide Collegiate Learning Assessment, the best current measure of student outcomes in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and writing
  • Ranked among the top among all U.S. institutions for graduates earning PhDs in chemistry (6th), the life sciences (16th),  the physical sciences (15th), and psychology (33rd).
  • Named one of the Best Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report
  • One of the Colleges That Change Lives, book by Loren Pope, higher education expert and former New York Times education editor, describing a group of 40 dynamic colleges that excel at developing potential, values, and initiative and provide the foundation for success beyond college
  • Named one of the 44 “Best Buy” schools by Fiske Guide to Colleges
  • 1443 students from 43 states and 33 countries; 27 percent students of color
  • Class of 2017 mean ACT-27.3 / mean SAT critical reading- 599.8/mean SAT math-631.9
  • More than 98 percent of students receive need-based and/or merit-based financial aid; 21 percent are Pell eligible
  • 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 92 percent of faculty holds Ph.D. or terminal degree
  • Annual tuition & fees, room, and board for 2015-16: $51,732
  • Endowment as of June 30, 2015: $219,847,240
  • Member of MIAA, the oldest collegiate athletics conference in the country
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