A City’s Difference
Nothing beats a small city for combining educational opportunities and a sense of a close-knit home.
You’ll connect your academic work and off-campus experiences in the city in just the way to allow yourself the most dramatic growth. And because K is in Kalamazoo (the Athens of the Midwest) those experiences are short walks or bus ride away—in laboratories, social service agencies, primary and secondary schools, financial institutions, businesses large and small, medical offices, arts organizations and museums, and city and county government.
The College maintains a close and active involvement with the Kalamazoo community, which supports, among other cultural activities, a symphony, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, a chamber music society, an annual Bach Music Festival, an art institute, professional baseball and hockey teams, a nature center, and numerous theatres and movie houses. Year-round festivals, a monthly gallery-to-gallery Art Hop, and a wide variety of restaurants bring additional diversity to the city. The New Yorker magazine has dubbed Kalamazoo “a little Athens” because of the variety and vitality of cultural activities found in the city.
Kalamazoo contains all the advantages of a big city with the intimacy of a small town. That’s rare! And it will make your educational experience excellent. And should you need the occasional sense of something larger, Kalamazoo is only 140 miles from Detroit or Chicago (and only 35 miles from Lake Michigan). Several major airlines serve the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International, and Amtrak service is available several times a day.