The K-Plan is a four-part, integrated approach to an excellent education in the liberal arts and sciences. You customize your four-year college experience, and through your highly-personalized K-Plan, you will do more in four years at Kalamazoo College so you can do more in your lifetime.
K’s Open Curriculum does NOT require you to complete a fixed set of General Education courses; rather, you will shape your major and all other classes with guidance from faculty and other mentors. The flexibility and rigor of K’s curriculum provides you a customized academic experience with superior lifelong value. Our curriculum works splendidly if you think you know right now what you want to major (or double-major) in; and it works equally well if you prefer to explore widely before making that decision.
At K, you will connect your classroom learning with real-world experience by completing a career development internship or externship, participating in civic engagement and service-learning projects, and getting involved in social justice leadership work.
Kalamazoo College’s study abroad programs have served as a model among U.S. colleges for more than 50 years. You will choose from 42 programs in 24 countries across six continents. Your credits will transfer fully, meaning you can go abroad for one, two or three terms and still graduate on time; and for almost every program we run your financial aid transfers fully, too.
As the culmination of your learning at K, you will explore a subject of your own choosing, resulting in an in-depth, graduate-level research thesis, performance or creative work. Many schools offer a senior project as an option for honors students, but we consider all Kalamazoo College students honors students, so the Senior Individualized Project (SIP) is required.
“K has a reputation for excellent MCAT preparation and my dream is med school and a career in cardiology.”
“My first year, I took a lot of pre-med courses, thinking I would go to medical school and become a pediatrician. I soon discovered my passions lay elsewhere. The open curriculum makes provisions for such surprises and discoveries and still allows you to graduate on time.”
“The culture of the school encourages protest and calls for change. Could this virtue of listening be improved? Absolutely. But it exists. I feel I can sit down with anyone at K.”
Where Will the K-Plan Lead You?
Kalamazoo College invented the K-Plan, and though it’s now widely imitated, no one integrates its elements as well as its founder. A K grad like you will know how to think critically, solve problems creatively, and collaborate across cultures and languages. You can navigate many careers using the analytical and communication skills you developed at K. And you will be an engaged member of your community, our society, and the world.
Let our excellent academic curriculum, our diverse campus community, our dynamic city and our extraordinary outcomes make a difference in your life. Experience how the K-Plan helps Kalamazoo College students do more in four years so they can do more in a lifetime.