Advisors are academic mentors who notice what is happening to their advisees, pay attention to their academic progress, and help them work towards completing their degrees and identifying and fulfilling their goals. Academic advising at Kalamazoo College helps students to develop plans compatible with their interests, abilities, and goals; design a course of on- and off-campus study; meet degree requirements; grow intellectually and personally; and make the most of their undergraduate education. New students are assigned to an advisor linked to First-Year Seminars. Departmental Student Advisors (DSAs) provide a student perspective on majors, minors, and concentrations.
Kalamazoo College has had an Early Alert system in place since 1996. Each quarter faculty and advisors are asked to notify the Early Alert Committee about students who are struggling or disengaged. Academic advisors are notified immediately of all reports. A group of academic and student development administrators meets weekly each quarter to review these reports, see if there is a wider problem, and make plans for the most effective follow-up.
Peer Leaders, carefully selected student-mentors, share their knowledge and experiences to help First-Year students achieve greater academic and personal success. Each First-Year Seminar is assigned a Peer Leader, as are transfers.
The Kalamazoo College Student Health Center is staffed by physician assistants, registered nurses, and an office coordinator. Medical supervision is offered by Bronson Family Practice. Services include acute medical care, diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury, travel consultation and immunizations, gynecological care, and limited diagnostic testing. If necessary referrals are provided to outside medical care centers and specialist physicians. Most services are provided at minimal or no cost. However, it is strongly recommended that students have health insurance while at Kalamazoo College. Although the Student Health Center does not bill insurance companies, it will supply invoices for submission.
The Counseling Center provides a confidential setting where mental health professionals and interns help students understand and work through personal concerns. Our services include individual counseling and psychotherapy, support groups, educational workshops, psychological testing (personality, alcohol/other drug, and learning disability assessments), and referral to off-campus mental health professionals.
In compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as Amended, and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Kalamazoo College recognizes that qualified students who have diagnosed or identified learning, physical, and emotional disabilities are entitled to the same benefits from the educational programs of the College. Kalamazoo College is committed to making every effort to providing reasonable accommodations, unless that imposes an undue hardship or burden. The Associate Dean of Students and the student will work together to negotiate and ensure appropriate accommodations that will work for the student. Cost associated with diagnosis, evaluation, and testing is the responsibility of the student, except in cases of severe financial need demonstrated to, and upon recommendation of, the Associate Dean of Students. The office also makes assistance available to students experiencing short-term illness or physical injury.