The following activities are all ways in which alumni can get involved in the admission process. When you become a member, you can select any or all of the activities that sound interesting to you, recognizing that you are not bound to do anything that doesn’t fit with your schedule!
Recommend a Future K Student
Ensure that a student you know is receiving information on applying to and visiting K. Simply submit this short recommendation form.
Act as an admissions representative for Kalamazoo College at a college fair hosted in your area. OR – join a member of the Admission staff at a college fair in your area. The time commitment is minimal — just a couple hours one evening! We’ll ship you a box of materials, and you just have to show up at the fair and share your K experience with prospective students.
Conversations with Prospective Students
Share your K stories and experiences with prospective students in person, over the phone, via email, or on Skype. Students can request to be contacted by an alum to learn more about their K experience. We agree to connect students and alums within 2 weeks of the student request.
Regularly scheduled Alumni Calling Weeks will take place in October, December, and March.
Admitted Student (Yield) Events
Join representatives from the Office of Admission in the spring for a celebration with students admitted to the College and their families. Stay tuned for information about celebrations in your area. If you are interested in discussing the possibility of hosting a celebration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conduct “Interviews” (aka. Coffee with a K Grad)
Developing personal relationships with students and their families is an integral part of the admission process at Kalamazoo College. Unfortunately, not all students and families are able to visit the campus. The Alumni “Interview,” (now called, “Coffee with a K Grad”) provides an opportunity for you to connect with prospective students personally, creating a connection to Kalamazoo College for prospective students without traveling all the way to Kalamazoo.
Alumni “Interview” Weeks happen twice yearly, in November and February. Learn more about conducting alumni interviews.
Check out our Admission Blog! This blog is designed to engage prospective students with the K experience by sharing stories written mostly by current students (with a few written by the Admission staff about official admission business). We would love to feature a few posts written by alumni that would showcase how your K experience prepared you for life after graduation. If you’d like to write a post, please email email@example.com.
Congratulatory Note Cards ★ NEW WAY TO HELP ★
Despite living in the digital age, sometimes getting something as old fashioned as a note in the mail is exactly what students want. In January and April, we will send all willing alumni volunteers a stack of notecards and stamped envelopes in which you can write a very short note of congratulations to a list of admitted students. These small personal touches can make a big difference.
Alumni Educators Project
Do you work in a high school as a teacher, counselor, coach, or administrator? Did you know that you are a primary source of information for students engaged in the college search process? We would love to connect with you by sending you some K SWAG to display in your classroom, providing you with materials relevant to the admission process, and by connecting with you (AND your students) while we are on the road.
Let us know who you are and where you work so that we can help you tell your qualified students about the value of a Kalamazoo College education.
Get Engaged Across the College
Interested in other ways to stay connected to Kalamazoo College beyond the recruitment of prospective students? Consider making a difference in the following ways:
- Offering an internship or externship to a current student
- Mentoring a current student through the Guilds
- Serving as a class agent, reunion committee member, or Hornet Happy Hour host
- Making a charitable contribution to Kalamazoo College