Fast Facts About Kalamazoo College

  • 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
  • Nationally known for the K-Plan:
    • Depth and Breadth in the Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Learning Through Experience
    • International Engagement
    • Senior Individualized Project
  • Strong focus on Experiential Education:
    • 71 percent of K students participate in Center for Career and Professional Development programs and services (career coaching, networking receptions, career workshops, internships, externships and career treks, among others)
    • 70 percent of students participate in a meaningful, immersive international and intercultural experience—often characterized by home stays and an Integrative Cultural Research Project—in 45 programs in 22 countries on six continents
    • About two thirds of students participate in community-based courses and student-led co-curricular programs through community engagement and service-learning projects.
    • All students engage in a Senior Individualized Project, an in-depth research or creative project done in the senior year
  • Kalamazoo College ranks in the top 5 percent in Ph.D. productivity among all U.S. Colleges and universities and 17th in Ph.D. production among all private liberal arts colleges, according to the National Science Foundation
  • 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 40 dynamic colleges that excel at developing potential, values and initiative, and provide the foundation for success beyond college
  • 1,436 students from 43 states and 28 countries; 32.9 percent domestic students of color
  • Class of 2021 mean ACT of 28, mean SAT evidence-based reading and writing of 642, mean SAT math of 634. Kalamazoo College is a test optional school.
  • More than 98 percent of students receive need-based and/or merit-based financial aid; 20 percent receive Pell Grants.
  • 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 96 percent of full-time faculty hold Ph.D. or terminal degree
  • Annual tuition, fees, room and board for 2017-18: $56,082
  • Endowment as of June 30, 2017: $226,973,570
  • Member of Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the oldest collegiate athletics conference in the country
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Last updated December 14, 2017