History and Location
- Mission: to prepare graduates to better understand, live successfully within, and provide enlightened leadership to a richly diverse and increasingly complex world
- Founded in 1833, among the 100 oldest institutions in the country
- Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a mid-sized city just 35 miles from Lake Michigan and approximately 140 miles from both Detroit and Chicago
- Member of Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the oldest collegiate athletics conference in the country
- Nationally known for the K-Plan:
- Depth and Breadth in the Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Learning Through Experience
- International Engagement
- Senior Integrated Project
- Strong focus on Experiential Education:
- More than $170,000+ in stipends was awarded to K students for participation in internships for summer 2023
- The majority of graduates participate in a meaningful, immersive international and intercultural experience — often characterized by homestays and an Integrative Cultural Research Project — in 56 programs in 29 countries on six continents
- The majority of graduates participate in community-based courses and student-led co-curricular programs through community engagement and service-learning projects
- All students engage in a Senior Integrated Project, an in-depth research or creative project in the senior year
- Students can choose from 32 majors, 22 minors and 13 concentrations
- Kalamazoo College has the second highest four- and six-year graduation rates in the State of Michigan as of 2021, based on publicly available data released by The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
- 1,378 students from 38 states and 32 countries
- 64 percent of students live on campus
- 31 percent of our student body are domestic students of color
- 22 percent of students are the first in their families to attend college
- 24 percent of students receive Pell Grants
- Class of 2027 average SAT of 1280
- Kalamazoo College has been a test-optional school since 2015
- See the current racial, gender and first-generation demographics
- 11-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio
- 96 percent of full-time faculty hold Ph.D. or terminal degree
Tuition and Endowment
- 98 percent of students receive need-based and/or merit-based financial aid
- Annual tuition, fees, room and board for 2023-24: $70,848
- Use our net price calculator for a rough estimate of what a Kalamazoo College education might cost you
- Endowment $286,769,774 as of June 30, 2023
- One of the Colleges That Change Lives, book by Loren Pope, higher education expert and former New York Times education editor, describes a group of 44 dynamic colleges that excel at developing potential, values and initiative, and provide the foundation for success beyond college.
- K was included in the 2023 Fiske Guide to Colleges.
- Kalamazoo College ranks in the top two percent among all U.S. colleges and universities surveyed for the percentage of students ultimately earning a doctorate, according to the National Science Foundation.
- Kalamazoo College has been a top producer for Fulbright in 2021, 2022 and 2023.
- In 2023, Money Magazine rated K 4.5 out of 5 stars based on quality, affordability and student outcomes
- The Princeton Review includes K in their lists of The Best 388 Colleges, Best Value Colleges, and ranks K 16th in best private schools for making an impact.
- The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranking placed K among the 400 best colleges in the country and in the Top 10 Liberal Arts Colleges in the Midwest.
- 14 of the College’s 14 athletics teams received the MIAA GPA Award and 188 of our athletes are on the MIAA academic honor roll.