Kalamazoo College

Undergraduates: 1456
Setting: Small four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $39,027.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $39,027.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1854 / 28 / 3.61
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 43:57
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 69%

The mission of Kalamazoo College is to prepare its graduates to better understand, live successfully within, and provide enlightened leadership to a richly diverse and increasingly complex world.

Kalamazoo College, also known as K College or simply K, is a private liberal arts college in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Founded in 1833, the college is among the 100 oldest in the country. Today, it produces more Peace Corps volunteers per capita than any other U.S. academic institution, and ranks in the top one percent for number of graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. The school was founded by American Baptist ministers, but today maintains no religious affiliation.

Kalamazoo College is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. It is listed in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives. In 2012, Forbes rated it 65th of America's Best Colleges, the highest ranked in Michigan as a private college.

The Department of Athletics at Kalamazoo College enhances the greater College mission by providing challenging opportunities for our student-athletes to use BEST principles toward building a healthy balance of outstanding scholarship and winning athletic achievement as a means of realizing their full human potential. In serving this mission, all involved with the Department become champions in the classroom, in competition and in life

Kalamazoo College was founded in 1833 by a group of Baptist ministers as the Michigan and Huron Institute. Its charter was granted on April 22, 1833, the first school chartered by the Legislative Council of the Territory of Michigan. Instruction at the Institute began in fall 1836. In 1837, the name of the fledgling college was changed to the "Kalamazoo Literary Institute" and school officials made their first attempt to secure recognition as a college from the state of Michigan.

In 1838, however, the University of Michigan opened the Kalamazoo Branch of the University of Michigan, providing a local competitor to the Literary Institute. In 1840, the two schools merged, and from 1840 to 1850 the College operated as the Kalamazoo Branch of the University of Michigan In 1850, the Kalamazoo Literary Institute name was restored and in 1855 the school finally received an educational charter from the State of Michigan, establishing explicit recognition of the school as a college. After receiving its educational charter, the school changed its name to Kalamazoo College.

James Stone, the first president of Kalamazoo College, led the school from 1842 through 1863 and was responsible for instituting the high academic standards that allowed the College to receive its charter. Shortly after becoming president, Stone proposed the addition of a theological seminary to increase the supply of ministers in the regionWith the support of the Baptist church, classes at the Kalamazoo Theological Seminary began in 1848 with 11 students.

At the same time, the Female Department continued to expand under the watchful eye of Lucinda Hinsdale Stone. In 1845-46, almost half of the 90 students enrolled in Kalamazoo were women. The Stones also played a role in the creation of the Republican Party. 

Kaleidoscope (formerly known as the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally Student Organization, GLBTSO) hosts the Crystal Ball each spring. Crystal Ball is a college-sponsored dance in which attendees dress in drag or unusual costumes. A long-standing tradition at K College, this event was created to educate the campus about GLBT issues and celebrate the persons who make up the GLBT community. This very popular event features live music, dancing, and contests.

Selma Blair, actress (graduated from the University of Michigan, but studied at Kalamazoo from 1990 to 1992) Garry E. Brown, politician Teju Cole, award-winning Nigerian American authorAmy Courter, former National Commander of the Civil Air Patrol Mark Crilley, comic book creator and children's book author/illustrator Andy Dominianni, Television journalist Kenneth G. Elzinga, an economics professor at the University of Virginia David France, journalist and author Harry Garland, entrepreneurHolly Hughes, performance artist Nagai Kafu.

Alumni Association:www.kzoo.edu/alumni/

Chief_administrator: Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran (President)
Fax: 2693375746
Phone: 2693377000
Geographic region: Great Lakes IL IN MI OH WI
Website: www.kzoo.edu
Financial aid office website: www.kzoo.edu/admission/financial.php
Net price calculator web address: www.kzoo.edu/admission/index.php?p=npc
Online application website: www.kzoo.edu/admission/apply.php
Admission office website: www.kzoo.edu/admission/
Undergraduate application fee: $40.00
Graduate application fee: $0.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No