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Kalamazoo Named Among Top College Towns

Kalamazoo Named Among Top College Towns

The American Institute for Economic Research has named Kalamazoo among its top college towns for reasons including the city’s restaurant scene, local arts and entertainment, a diverse population, and the most affordable rent among the small metros ranked.

If you need another reason to apply to Kalamazoo College this year, try its city on for size. The American Institute for Economic Research has ranked Kalamazoo 20th among small metropolitan areas on its list of top college towns in the United States.

Kalamazoo Among Top College Towns

There’s still time to plan an in-person visit to Kalamazoo College this summer. Go to kzoo.edu/visit for more information or take a virtual tour at kzoo.edu/tour.

Some reasons for the city’s recognition include its restaurant scene, local arts and entertainment, a diverse population, and the most affordable rent among the cities ranked. The institute’s article also cites high employment levels in STEM fields thanks to organizations such as Borgess Health, Bronson Healthcare and the global research-and-development arm of Zoetis, a producer of veterinary medical supplies.

Kalamazoo College maintains a close and active involvement with the community, which supports, among other cultural activities, a symphony, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, a chamber music society, an annual Bach Music Festival, an art institute, a Northwoods League baseball team, a professional hockey team, a nature center, and many theaters and movie houses. The city’s opportunities also allow K students to apply classroom knowledge at laboratories, social service agencies, schools, financial institutions, businesses, medical offices, arts organizations and museums, and city and county government.

K is located about 140 miles from Chicago and Detroit and just 35 miles from Lake Michigan. If you’d like to see our campus for yourself, find your opportunities for visiting Kalamazoo College or take a virtual tour today. You can also find directions to campus and information on lodging and dining nearby.

In other honors this year, Travel + Leisure magazine designated Kalamazoo College the most beautiful campus in Michigan.