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Kalamazoo College Provides an Exceptional Education

Since its creation, the K Plan has provided a unique combination of educational experiences including rigorous academics; experiential learning in the form of service-learning, career exploration, and international study; broad exposure to the liberal arts; and the opportunity for in-depth examination of an issue in the Student Individualized Project.

Our study abroad program, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2008, is distinguished both by its high level of academic and cultural integration and by the length of stays. More than 80 percent of Kalamazoo students choose to participate from among more than 40 study abroad programs on six continents.

How do we know a Kalamazoo College education works? We have evidence from a variety of measures.
  • In 2007, K ranked first in the country for the number of students per capita who elected to join the Peace Corps over a 20-year period.
  • K ranks 18th nationally among all colleges and universities in the percentage of graduates earning doctoral degrees. It is the only Michigan college or university among the top 20.
  • In 2007, K ranked 7th out of 75 universities in the receipt of Fulbright awards.
  • In 2005 and 2006, the College placed in the top 2.6 percent of 113 colleges and universities administering the Collegiate Learning Assessment, a test designed to measure students' critical thinking, analytical skills and ability to write effectively.
In light of these outcomes, it is clear that a Kalamazoo College education continues to be outstanding. We are challenged to differentiate ourselves, however, from liberal arts colleges and public universities that make the same promises we do about educational experiences and outcomes.