Kalamazoo College: Narrative Description

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1200 Academy St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49006-3295
Tel: (269)337-7000
Free: 800-253-3602
Admissions: (269)337-7166
Fax: (269)337-7251
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.kzoo.edu/


Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1833. Setting: 60-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $135.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,537 per student. Total enrollment: 1,234. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,852 applied, 61% were admitted. 43% from top 10% of their high school class, 72% from top quarter, 97% from top half. 8 National Merit Scholars, 16 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,234 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 38 states and territories, 13 other countries, 27% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 0% 25 or older, 75% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 86% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; psychology; English. Core. Services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, double major, internships. Off campus study at Western Michigan University. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early decision, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 11/15 for early decision, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 12/1 for early decision, 12/20 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $30,960 includes full-time tuition ($24,351) and college room and board ($6609). College room only: $3273. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 50 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Activities Committee, Student Commission, Index (college newspaper), Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Project Brave Volunteer Organization. Major annual events: homecoming, Monte Carlo Night, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 855 college housing spaces available; 746 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Up-john Library plus 1 other with 342,939 books, 23,862 microform titles, 1,495 serials, 6,967 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.4 million. 130 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Kalamazoo is a college-centered community, 130 miles from Detroit and Chicago. The airport serves nine major airlines. Locally, many companies, hospitals and local governments make internships available to students.

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