Kalamazoo College

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School Overview

Kalamazoo College, locally known as “K College” or just “K”, is a privately owned and operated liberal arts college located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The college was founded in 1833 by the American Baptist Church but currently is not affiliated with an religion or denomination. K College is known for being one of the oldest higher education institutions in the nation and for producing more Peace Corps volunteers per capita than any other higher education institution in the United States. The college also ranks among the top one percent of colleges whose graduates go on to earn a Ph.D.

Kalamazoo College is one of 13 members of the Great Lakes Colleges Association and is ranked 73rd on the Forbes list of America’s Best Colleges and number one for the state of Michigan. It is also listed in Loren Pope’s renowned college eucational guide Colleges That Change Lives.


Kalamazoo offers about 30 bachelor’s degree programs in variou fields of study including Humanities, Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Modern and Classical Languages, Social Sciences, and Physical Education. The college also offers several interdisciplinary majors.

In just about every category, Kalamazoo College is considered to be one of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation. They’ve consistently been ranked at the top of the list when it comes to their academics and study abroad programs, and they’re also considered to be one of the best experiential learning colleges in the country. Kalamazoo was recently ranked fifth on the “Hidden Gem’s” college list, a publication produced each year by The Washington Post. Forbe’s ranked Kalamazoo 52nd best college in the nation and U.S. News & World Report ranked it the 68th best national liberal arts college in the nation. According to a study by Higher Education Data Sharing, when compared to all private colleges, Kalamazoo is ranked number nine.

General Information

Admission Office

Kalamazoo College Office of Admission

1200 Academy Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49006-3295

(269) 337-7166

(800) 253-3602

Fax: (269) 337-7390

Contact: Eric Staab

Dean of Admission
Main Address

1200 Academy Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

(269) 337-7166


Total undergrads: 1,387

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 364

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,361


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: $35
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 70%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 92%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B


Mathematics – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Kalamazoo College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (269) 337-7000
Website: www.kzoo.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: www.kzoo.edu/admission/how-to-apply/
Address: 1200 Academy St, Kalamazoo, MI 49006-3295
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,286
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 86%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 1,286 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $50,562
Out-of-state Tuition: $50,562
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $35,051

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Kalamazoo College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Kalamazoo College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3
History 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 4
Visual and Performing Arts 5
Grand total 27

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Kalamazoo College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $50,562
Out-of-state $50,562
Books and supplies $825

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 408 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 400 98% $35,051
Student loan aid 193 47% $6,660

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,455 99% $34,014
Federal student loans 746 51% $6,008

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Kalamazoo College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Kalamazoo College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 3,576 1,513 2,063
Percent admitted 100% 72% 79%
Percent admitted who enrolled 11% 11% 11%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Kalamazoo College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,286
Undergraduate enrollment 1,286
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Kalamazoo College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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