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Kalamazoo College uses a holistic review process to fully assess your candidacy for admission, thus all materials you submit will be considered. We encourage you to read the information below to understand what makes a student a good fit for K and which application materials are required.

Information for transfer, international and home-schooled students can be found on their respective web pages.

Contact your admission counselor with any questions about the application process!

Admission Profile

  • Average GPA: 3.9
  • ACT Middle 50%: 26-30*
  • SAT Middle 50%: 1100-1350 (math and critical reading)*
  • High School Curriculum: 91 percent of admitted students complete at least one advanced (AP, IB, Dual Enrollment) course in high school.

*Kalamazoo College has a Test Optional admission policy.

Required First-Year Application Materials

  • Common Application, including the Common Application essay
  • High School Transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation and Secondary School Report
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Mid-Year Report (once your seventh semester grades are available)

Additional Optional Components Include:

Application Programs

Binding Application Programs

  • Open to all incoming first-year students, including international students
  • If you apply and are admitted to K as an Early Decision candidate, you must withdraw applications you have submitted to other institutions
  • Requires Early Decision Agreement Form in addition to all other application materials
  • Read more about our binding Early Decision I & II application programs

Non-Binding Application Programs

  • Early Action
  • Regular Decision


Program Application Deadline Notification Letter Mailed Deposit Due
Early Decision November 1 December 1 January 15
Early Action November 1 December 20 May 1
Regular Decision January 15 April 1 May 1
Early Decision II February 1 February 15 March 1
Transfer Applicants May 1 May 15 June 1

Merit-based scholarship award notifications will be included with the offer of admission.

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