Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo College


Kalamazoo College is a nationally-renowned liberal arts college with a highly individualized and experiential curriculum which combines scholarship, civic engagement and international study through it’s unique K-Plan. K is one of the 100 oldest colleges in the country, and has an established tradition of academic excellence. Their faculty are committed teachers who challenge and support students, and introduce students to global perspectives and intercultural awareness in all programs of study. Located in the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan, K is an increasingly diverse institution; part of the mission of the college is to enroll talented students from diverse backgrounds who seek both academic and personal challenges in their college experience. Kalamazoo College does more in four years, so students can do more in a lifetime.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Sisters in Science

Kalamazoo College has award-winning service-learning partnerships with seven public schools to help all K-12 students prepare for college. Through “Sisters in Science,” K’s female science majors partner with local elementary school girls to encourage pursuit of math and science interests. Mentors encourage students to learn and explore through weekly enrichment activities conducted at the schools.

Scholarship & Financial Aid William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship

Established by the Hearst Foundation to award scholarships annually to two first-generation students at the college. All first-generation applicants to K are considered for this award.

First-Year Experience & Transition First Year Experience (FYE)

First-Year Experience & Transition First Year Experience (FYE) The award-winning First Year Experience (FYE) program at K intertwines hands-on activity, experiential learning and mentorship within the context of rigorous academics. FYE fosters academic success, intercultural understanding, and balance through seminars, forums, academic advising, and peer leaders. First Year Forums feature interactive learning sessions and structured conversations that help first-year students successfully continue academic and personal growth during college.

Academic Courses & Service Learning Cultivating Community

K faculty members offer service-learning courses across disciplines, from anthropology to English, psychology, art, and more. K students address compelling social issues like food justice, health equity, sustainability, restorative justice, girl’s empowerment, art as a tool for social change, and others. In “Cultivating Community,” students’ develop surveys and interview residents to assess availability of local food in restaurants and grocery stores, and to map access to adequate fresh produce across the community.

Academic Courses & Service Learning Helping Youth Through Personal Empowerment (HYPE)

In partnership with many community-based organizations, K students lead unique weekly reading, writing, and math programs, as well as arts, language, health/wellness, and environmental education initiatives. The HYPE program at the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home is dedicated to promoting restorative, community based justice by building meaningful relationships with the youth in the juvenile home and through advocacy within the Kalamazoo community.

Student Diversity

  • 1,443
  • 45/55
  • 16%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 7%
  • 6%
    Black or African American
  • 10%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 60%
  • 5%
    Two or more races
  • 6%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 9%

Student Success

  • 92%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 82%
    Six-year graduation
  • 72%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 66%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 102
    Full-time faculty
  • 23
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 13:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Biology, Business, Chemistry, Economics, English, Political Science

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    The Intercultural Center, The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Asian Student Association, Black Student Organization, Buddhist Student Group, Jewish Student Org., Christian Student Org., International Student Organization, K Desi, Kaleidoscope (GLBTQ), Latino Student Org., MEChA, Muslim Student Association, Childish Games Commission, Cirque du K, Digging In Renewable Turf (DIRT) Frelon Dance


Cost of Attendance

  • $44,418
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $339
    Required Fees
  • $9,174
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $34,609,986
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $37,979
    Average aid package
  • $27,653
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 24%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 68%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 98%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 41%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 3,625
    # of applicants
  • 65%
  • 3.88
    Average HS GPA
  • 27
    ACT Composite
  • 570—700
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 590—720
    SAT Math
  • 580—690
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 2/15
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/1
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1
    Early action application closing date