Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo College, also known as the K College or simply K, was established in 1833. The college was founded as the Michigan and Huron Institute by some Baptist ministers. The institute received its charter in 1833. The name was changed to Kalamazoo Literary Institute in 1837. The Kalamazoo Branch of University of Michigan was opened in 1838. These merged in 1840 and operated as the University of Michigan's Kalamazoo Branch. It later became the Kalamazoo College. The college offers a number of programs in the fields of fine arts, natural science, mathematics, religion, social science, literature, and history, among others.

The sports teams of Kalamazoo College are known as the Hornets. They participate in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and NCAA's Division III. The teams compete in football, cross country, volleyball, swimming, diving, baseball, basketball, golf, and soccer.

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Kalamazoo College
1200 Academy St
Kalamazoo , MI 49006-3295
General Phone: (269) 337-7000

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Kalamazoo College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts132East Asian studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, international studies, social services, economics, ...
Science66biology, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling28psychology
Fine Arts10fine arts, art history and criticism, fine arts studies
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy, religion
Medicine5health professions
Computer Science and Engineering5computer programming
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Engineering2engineering physics

Number of programs and degrees for Kalamazoo College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree26626

Kalamazoo College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Kalamazoo College had a total enrollment of 1,340 students (819 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 73%
Black 4%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 6%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 12%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 48%
20-21 45%
22-24 5%
25-29 0%

Kalamazoo College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 91 %

Kalamazoo College Room and Board (2007)

Kalamazoo College offers campus housing for 852 of its 819 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Kalamazoo, Michigan for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Michigan Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Kalamazoo College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal580690
SAT Math570680
ACT Verbal2531
ACT Math2529
ACT Composite2630

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT55%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT82%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Kalamazoo College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 30,723
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 30,723
Room and board $ 7,443
Books and supplies $ 850
Other expenses $ 1,400

Financial Aid:
Kalamazoo College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 227500)

Kalamazoo College Faculty

Kalamazoo College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year21$80,93111$73,492
Associate professoracademic year15$62,91318$61,048
Assistant professoracademic year10$53,50910$49,806
Instructoracademic year4$47,6549$46,756
All faculty totalacademic year50$67,37948$58,878

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Kalamazoo College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Basketball Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Kalamazoo College Degree Programs (2007)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Engineering Physics

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International/Global Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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