A vibrant community of 335,000+ people, the Kalamazoo metropolitan area offers all the opportunities of a large city with the deep connections of a small town. Whether you are an artist, an outdoorsman, a foodie, a sports fanatic or anything in between, Kalamazoo has an abundance of activities available.
What to do in the Zoo
Kalamazoo is a cultural hub budding with local artists, musicians and actors showcasing their talents at local venues: a symphony, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, a chamber music society, an annual Bach Music Festival, an art institute, an artisan Art Hop and numerous theatre venues.
With over 45 parks and trails, Kalamazoo is a great city to relax and enjoy nature. Sports fans will also be glad to hear that in addition to our K teams, Kalamazoo is home to Western Michigan University athletics, a Northwoods League baseball team and a professional hockey team.
For those looking for professional experiences, K is just a short walk away from businesses downtown: laboratories, social service agencies, primary and secondary schools, financial institutions, medical offices, arts organizations and museums, and city and county government.
Exploring the Midwest
With a train station within walking distance and an international airport just five miles from campus, the College is situated in a perfect location to explore the greater Midwest.
Kalamazoo is equidistant to both Detroit and Chicago (140 miles), and students are just a short drive or Amtrack—which stops in Kalamazoo multiple times a day—away from a big city get-a-way.
More interested in a lazy beach day than an urban adventure? Kalamazoo is just 35 miles from Lake Michigan and students can drive to beaches at South Haven or Holland in under an hour.