Eric Staab – Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Eric StaabEric Staab joined the Kalamazoo College Office of Admission in October of 2006. Prior to coming to K, he worked at Grinnell College, St. Olaf College, and the University of Chicago. Eric received both his B.A. in German and Economics and his M.A. in Western European Studies from Indiana University Bloomington. His undergraduate studies included a year abroad in Hamburg, Germany, and his graduate studies included an internship in Emmendingen, Germany, and a semester abroad at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. He has traveled to over 60 countries in total, mostly to recruit prospective students. Eric is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), NAFSA: Association of International Educators, College Board, and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), where he served on the Board of Directors from 2003 – 2006. As an avid cyclist, he rides his bike to work daily; it can be seen parked outside the Office of Admission on even the snowiest of days!

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Favorite Food: Peanut butter and Chocolate milkshake.

When you visit Kalamazoo, you must… visit the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts – a great museum and friendly people.

Favorite question from a prospective student: “What newspaper would your students most likely to read?”  This was from a mother who was cleverly attempting to find out if our students are interested in current events, and if so, what their political leaning might be.  The answer to that question, by the way, is the New York Times.

Favorite college memory: “Surviving my senior year, in which I took 7 economics classes to satisfy the graduation requirements to pick up a second major (I had already completed all the graduation requirements for German).”

Advice for prospective students: “The most important part of your application is your transcript, not your SAT or ACT scores.  We do read your essay, and it does play a part in the admission process (so please write something that gives us a better understanding of who you are), but in the end, your grades and curriculum taken are the most important part.”