Kalamazoo College

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo, MI

While the name may conjure up images of a Dr. Seuss tale, Kalamazoo isn’t a fictitious locale. Situated in the southwest corner of Michigan, the city of Kalamazoo is home to one of the Colleges that Change Lives: Kalamazoo College. At K, a liberal arts and sciences education isn’t simply handed to each of the 1,450 undergraduates enrolled here. Instead, the innovative K-Plan ensures that all students have the opportunity to engage with a flexible curriculum that can be tailored to students’ unique passions. At the center of the K-Plan are internships, cultural exploration, and independent scholarship. A modern-day apprenticeship program places freshmen and sophomores with K alumni, enabling them to gain hands-on experiences in a profession of their choice. Further afield, an amazing 80 percent of students partake in an international experience, whether it be studying in Ecuador, France, Thailand, or beyond. And all students complete a senior project in the form of a thesis, performance, or exhibit. Perhaps that’s one reason why so many K graduates go on to earn PhDs, especially in the fields of chemistry and foreign languages. Fun fact: Kalamazoo ranks 13 among small colleges in the number of volunteers it sends to the Peace Corps!

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.