Fast Facts About Kalamazoo College

  • 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 20 among all institutions for graduates earning PhDs in chemistry (6th), the life sciences (16th), foreign languages (6th), the physical sciences (15th), economics (18th), English and literature (16th), and psychology (20th).
  • 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
  • 1461 students from 42 states and 33 countries; 25 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 2014-15: $49,740
  • Endowment as of June 30, 2014: $222,047,672
  • Member of MIAA, the oldest collegiate athletics conference in the country
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