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Founded in 1833, Kalamazoo College. is a Private college. Located in Michigan, which is a city setting in Michigan, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,443 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The Kalamazoo College Academic calendar runs on a Quarter basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 13:1. There are 112 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Kalamazoo College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at KC are considered Selective, with ,12% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 10 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
99% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 83% were in the top quarter, and 47% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Kalamazoo College.
52 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.
31 Students rated off-campus housing 4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
54 Students rated campus food 2.9 stars. 2 % gave the school a 5.0.
55 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.
55 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 71 % gave the school a 5.0.
55 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.
55 Students rated local services 3.8 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.
55 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.
13 Students rated Kalamazoo College
Go to K if you want a great connections, and a education. You will be stressed. The food will suck. In the beginning, you might even wonder, WHY DID I EVEN COME HERE? But, slowly, you will never be able to imagine yourself anywhere else. Every tool you could possibly imagine is here for you to succeed, if you choose to take advantage of it. Your professors will know you, leadership opportunities are abundant, and there are amazing opportunities for professional experience and development. The rigor and difficulty of K, taken holistically, is what makes it such a transformative experience.
It's a great school academically but don't really foster a college experience. It's fairly boring and not a lot to explore. College is a time to find and discover yourself. Kalamazoo is not the school or place to do so. The lack f things like a variety of campus organization and a very dull town is the cause of this.
A small college amidst plentiful culture in a very safe location. Extremely liberal, it is hard to be unaffected by the general liberalism of the campus. This creates either a mindless protester of every issue, lacking independent thought; a backlash of conservativism; or thoughtful individuals with the ability to think for themselves, with understanding for numerous issues. Exceptional science program and language departments, incredible international student and study abroad potential (with aid), and intellectual rigor make this college a ground for shaping brilliant, self-driven graduates and future employees.
Famous for: tennis, study abroad
Yes, we know. This is an odd combination of characteristics. "K" is a college smaller than your average suburban high school located in a town with a name that better belongs on a old-timey jazz chart than an actual map. But this is just the tip of the iceberg of K College anomalies.
-Unlike most colleges, our academic year is divided into trimesters (which confusingly are called quarters) and those are divided into ten weeks. You will be hard pressed to find any current student who knows the real date.
-We have no Greek life, but in a school this small, why would you need it?
-We live in the shadow of a much larger institution, Western Michigan University, and the strangest thing about this is that if no one told you, you wouldn't even know it.
-There is not a party culture. There is likely to be one campus party per weekend night, and all of this is organized on a Facebook page. Yes, a Facebook page.
-We go all in for social justice. Kalamazoo College is the first institution in the country to have a building built specifically for advancement of social justice.
All of this is to say that Kalamazoo College does not provide the average college experience. However, this is what I love about it. When I arrived on K's campus, I felt like I was already part of a community. There are some downsides to a school as ridiculously small as this, such as fewer majors, fewer classes, and pressure to study abroad. On the whole, though, K is a welcoming place where you will get a rewarding, rigorous education. And that is all I could ask for.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Kalamazoo College is 65%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
I think an overnight visit is mandatory. Many times the true nature of a college is impossible to discern from a short campus tour. I remember thinking a small liberal arts college in Iowa was great for me, but then I spent the night and by morning I knew I'd be miserable there. At the college where I did eventually end up attending, I remember being excited every time I met a new person. They were all people I imagined being around in college: all studying different things, all eager to show off their school to me. The facilities are one thing, but the enthusiasm (or lack thereof) that students have for their school, is something that an overnight stay will quickly reveal, and something I'd have been lost without.
The professors and the education. Also, study abroad is great!
I wish I had known more about the living options and meal plans.
A small supportive enviroment, with a strong emphasis on studying.
Someone who is very driven, likes to be a well-rounded individual and is good at applying everything back to their field of study. Someone who can roll with the punches. Someone who likes multiculturalism and individual attention and can stand being under a microscope. Someone who learns best through experience - it's a heavy influence here. Someone who really enjoys school, academia and education and analyzing, criticizing and questioning things. Anyone who wants to go on study abroad. Someone who wants to learn how to think for themselves instead of what everyone has told them.
Lack of school activities, or at least professionalism on them such as the school paper.
Even though my school only has about 1369 students, it can be hard to be place into the class that you want. In addition to this, some classes are not offered every quarter and instead have a cycle that can conflict with a four year academic plan to complete a major, minor or concentration. Despite this incovenience, Kalamazoo College does offer a variety of very interesting class that can be explored when the class that your are seeking is full.
Kalamazoo College is known for the "K Plan" which promotes well-rounded students that are accepting and understanding of many different cultures, societies, and people while giving students great opportunities such as externships, internships, study abroad and the completipon of a senior project. Also, a huge percentage of students at this school (approx. 85%) participate in study abroad (3, 6, or 11 months) and the programs are in many countries and very easily accessible (built in to the school schedule and financial aid), making this study abroad program different from other schools.
Anyone can attend this school. I believe one of Kalamazoo College's strengths is its flexibility for the individual.
Smart, energetic, focused, determined, motivated and strongly opinionated
The most notable thing about Kalamazoo College is its study abroad program. Students return from their time abroad rejuvenated, with a global perspective that provides valuable context for their on campus courses.
I brag about the small class size and the relationships I have formed with my professors. It is a teaching college, unlike many larger public institutions where students are numbers. At "K", a student feels more like a valued collegue with his/her professor. The quality of education is remarkable. Even though it is more expensive than any other institution in the state of Michigan, it is worth every penny. K College is a leader in study abroad education, with over 85% of the student body participating in foreign study. I'm proud to be a hornet!
I think one of the biggest prevailing stereotypes about Kalamazoo College student is that they are some kind of hipster-activist hybrid. The hipster part comes with any small liberal arts college, but there is no sense of snobbishness about people's tastes and interests. Being at a midwestern college means everyone is warm and friendly. The activism aspect of the stereotype is definitely true. Social justice and volunteer work are integral parts of the Kalamazoo College experience, and there are very few students that don't participate in those spheres.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
99% of students
attending Kalamazoo College receive some sort of financial aid.
20% were awarded federal grants.
While 46% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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