Kalamazoo College

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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.

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