The Unmatched Value of a Kalamazoo College Education

More in Four: Learning Outcomes

In what ways will a K education make a difference in your life?

The mission of Kalamazoo College is to prepare its graduates to better understand, live successfully within, and provide enlightened leadership to a richly diverse and increasingly complex world.

To fulfill its mission, the College is committed to graduating students who:



  • Know one area of study in depth (a.k.a. the major)
  • Have explored a variety of fields (a.k.a the chemistry major who loved their art history courses)
  • Are able to engage in various cultural contexts in informed, meaningful, responsible, and respectful ways
  • Are able to learn effectively in a variety of settings
  • Are able to integrate theory and experiences through reflection
  • Respect personal and cultural differences
  • Are able to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms
  • Are proficient in at least one second language
  • Are able to think critically, reason analytically, and solve problems skillfully

More in a Lifetime: Lifelong Outcomes

The following resources demonstrate the value our students gain from doing more in four years so they can do more in a lifetime.

Four-Year Graduation Rates
Kalamazoo College has the highest four-year graduation rate in the state of Michigan at 77%, which exceeds the national average six-year graduation rate for all institutions and for private non profit institutions.

Job Placement
Within six months of graduating, 91% of the Class of 2015 graduates seeking employment had secured jobs.

Return on Investment
Forbes rates Kalamazoo College one of the Top 100 institutions in the nation for return on investment, based on post-graduate success, student satisfaction, student debt, academic success, and graduate rate.

Collegiate Learning Assessment
Kalamazoo College seniors perform in the 99th percentile (at the upper end of the “above expected” range) on the Collegiate Learning Assessment, which measures critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving, and written communication skills.

PhD Productivity
Kalamazoo College is ranked 19th among the nation’s four-year liberal arts colleges (and 32nd among all institutions) for the percentage of graduates who go on to earn doctorate degrees. Kalamazoo College is the only Michigan college or university ranked in the top 32 institutions nationally.

National Survey of Student Engagement
Kalamazoo College students demonstrate an exceptional level of engagement, outperforming students and peer institutions and colleges and universities across the country in benchmarks for level of academic achievement, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences, and a supportive campus environment.

A College That Changes Lives
Kalamazoo College has been featured in all four editions of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, a book that profiles extraordinary colleges and encourages students to select institutions based on fit.

Outcomes Study
A survey of K grads who went on to earn doctorates shows that a Kalamazoo College liberal arts education helps students develop into independent, life-long learners, and stimulates participation in experiential education, the components of which contribute to intellectual and personal development and expand the foundation laid by excellent academics.