Visits Take Virtual Turn; Application Process Continues

Virtual Campus Tours Suzanne Lepley
Kalamazoo College Director of Admission Suzanne Lepley discusses virtual options for campus tours.

As the Director of Admission at Kalamazoo College, I like to remind prospective students that they’re in the driver’s seat of the admission process. It’s a metaphor that works, because a lot of the time, K’s admission counselors are along for the ride; we enjoy pointing out the sights, sounds and highlights of our beautiful campus as prospective students begin to see themselves at K. When we learn that a student has a particular educational or extracurricular interest, we discuss the K-Plan and help them map where that journey can take them.

Recently, students and families may feel like they’re running out of road. COVID-19 developments may cause some uncertainty about the future of K’s admission processes. Although campus is closed to visitors, I’m thrilled to report that each application is still receiving our full attention. We’re also moving ahead, looking forward to enrolling the class of 2024 and continuing to provide the best possible visit experiences for Future Hornets. Here are a few options we’ve put into place:

  • Video chats: Admission counselors are fully prepared to schedule FaceTime, Zoom or Skype chats to connect with students. Counselors can also be contacted for phone, text or email conversations. We’re still excited to tell you all about K.
  • Virtual tours: The campus visit is an integral part of the college decision process; you can explore our campus through a combination of videos, stills and 360-degree images. We encourage families to enjoy the virtual tour the way they would an in-person tour — together!
  • Ask a student: We know that our visitors love talking to current students about their K experiences. These interactions offer an authentic and realistic perspective on life at K. You can reach out through email to ask questions or schedule phone calls, texts or video chats.

We’re taking a detour from the usual admission process this year and working on more virtual visit opportunities that will allow prospective students to experience the depth and breadth of the K visit experience while remaining safe and healthy. We’re confident that K is a great destination, and we’re excited to meet our class of 2024.