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 $100,000 in stipends was awarded to K students for participation in internships for summer 2022
- 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
- Kalamazoo College has the 2nd highest 4- and 6-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).
- 1,369 students from 37 states and 28 countries
- 33 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
- 98 percent of students receive need-based and/or merit-based financial aid
- Class of 2026 average SAT of 1277
- Kalamazoo College has been a test-optional school since 2015
- 11-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio
- 94 percent of full-time faculty hold Ph.D. or terminal degree
Tuition and Endowment
- Annual tuition, fees, room and board for 2022-23: $67,752
- Use our net price calculator for a rough estimate of what a Kalamazoo College education might cost you
- Endowment $261,730,831 as of June 30, 2022
- One of the Colleges That Change Lives, book by Loren Pope, higher education expert and former New York Times education editor, describing 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 both 2021 and 2022.
- Money Magazine names K as the 19th best liberal arts college in the country for return on investment.
- The Princeton Review includes K in their lists of The Best 388 Colleges, Best Value Colleges, and ranks K 18th for private colleges making an impact.
- Off the 800 best schools ranked in the U.S. Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking 2022, Kalamazoo College is in the top 25% at 172.
- 15 of the College’s 18 athletics teams received the MIAA GPA Award and 183 of our athletes are on the MIAA academic honor roll.