College Visits Go Beyond Campus at K

College visits in the summer are similar to bands going on tour. You go to new cities, meet new people, have a good time and receive an enthusiastic welcome! When you are planning your college visit tour, put Kalamazoo College on your list. Here’s why Kalamazoo College makes a good stop this summer.

There is a lot to do in Kalamazoo

College Visits Lunch Burger and Fries

College visits should go beyond campus. Check out the local food scene.

Kalamazoo College is located in a metro-area with over 335,000 people. After your campus visit, go explore downtown. Check out local restaurants, the art scene, take a walk on the Kalamazoo Valley River Trail or go to a Growler’s baseball game. There is a reason Kalamazoo has Fortune 500 companies, two major hospitals and an international airport. Kalamazoo is a city full of excitement, and opportunities for the whole family. “Kalamazoo is an amazing little-big town nestled exactly half way between two major cities and a short drive from some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. While you are visiting, be sure to leave time to try some of our excellent dining opportunities, take a tour of Bell’s Brewery or just sample some of their specialties if you’re of age. Kalamazoo has so much to offer – most within a short walk of campus!” says Scott Swope, Guest Experience Manager.

Explore Discover Kalamazoo’s website for visit ideas

Hit the Beach After Your Visit

Sunset at Lake Michigan on your college visit

You deserve to relax after all your college visits. Check out Lake Michigan!

A great perk of visiting K in the summer is the close distance to Lake Michigan. We are only 35 miles from the beach! Come explore all Kalamazoo has to offer and then head west to the lake.

During the spring term students get a day off, called the Day of Gracious Living, where students flock to the beach. “Coming from Colorado, it is exciting to be so close to a Great Lake. My friends and I love to escape to the beach on a hot day,” says senior Anne Waugh. Close access to water is a major perk of both attending K and visiting it.

Explore Pure Michigan’s website for more information on Lake Michigan

You Can Take it Slow

Fire pit

Make sure you stop and explore the campus on your college visits.

Take your time during your visit. With most students off campus for summer break, you can take everything in without the hustle and bustle on campus. We are still fully staffed; the cafeteria is open and campus is beautiful. Summer provides the most laid-back visit experience for those who want to take their time during their visit. “A college campus is going to be home for the next four years. Exploring K means envisioning yourself as a student when you look around our library, quad, academic buildings, and all the other hidden gems you will find along the way. This process should be fun, and visiting campus is the first step in exploring all of the wonderful opportunities that lay ahead,” says Admission Counselor Shelby Long.

Schedule your visit online.

Get Your Questions Answered

Admission Counselor at College Visit

Admission Counselors are here to answer questions during your college visit and beyond.

Visiting in the summer gives you the opportunity to ask questions before the application opens in August. Learn about our experiential education, the application process and how to make K affordable. Throughout the summer we have counselors on call and in the office to answer questions, present on our K-Plan and sit down with you for an interview. Here at K we take a personal approach to the college admission process. Meet with your counselor one-on-one so they can learn more about you and you can learn more about K.

Learn more about the application process on our website.

Touring is not just for bands, hit the road and make us a stop on your college visit tour. Just like your summer road trips, we want your application process to be as smooth as possible! Plan your visit today, and we promise you’ll leave informed about what Kalamazoo College has to offer and how to apply. See you soon!

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