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Kalamazoo College Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Kalamazoo College, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Kalamazoo College by April 1.

Kalamazoo College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Kalamazoo College 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 42%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 44%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 20%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Kalamazoo College?

Kalamazoo College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 2/1.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Kalamazoo College will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 20.

The early decision acceptance rate at Kalamazoo College is 76%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 74%. Kalamazoo College accepts about 84% of early action applicants and 74% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, Kalamazoo College admitted 61 of the 80 students who applied early decison. Last year, Kalamazoo College admitted 1,467 of the 1,753 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Kalamazoo College?

It is very difficult to get into Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Kalamazoo College accepted 74% of all applicants, around 2,569 of the 3,456 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Kalamazoo College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, Kalamazoo College waitlisted 183 students. Of those, 68 eventually got in.

What Does Kalamazoo College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Kalamazoo College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Kalamazoo College 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Kalamazoo College must submit the following items. Double check with Kalamazoo College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Kalamazoo College?

Students admitted to Kalamazoo College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 31% submitted a class rank. At Kalamazoo College 42% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 78% were in the top 25% and 97% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Kalamazoo College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 31%
3.75 and 3.99 26%
3.50 and 3.74 20%
3.25 and 3.49 9%
3.00 and 3.24 4%
2.50 and 2.9 1%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

Kalamazoo College considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Kalamazoo College has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 44% of Kalamazoo College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 20% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Kalamazoo College?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Kalamazoo College students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Kalamazoo College students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Kalamazoo College?

To be most competitive at Kalamazoo College, you should strive to earn between 25 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Kalamazoo College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Kalamazoo College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

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Transferring to Kalamazoo College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Kalamazoo College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is May 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Kalamazoo College during the following terms: - Fall Term - Winter Term - Winter Term

Kalamazoo College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Kalamazoo College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Kalamazoo College.

Does Kalamazoo College accept transfer credits?

Kalamazoo College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Kalamazoo College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Kalamazoo College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Kalamazoo College?

No, Kalamazoo College is test optional, so you can decide if you want to to include your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Kalamazoo College's acceptance rate?

Kalamazoo College's acceptance rate is 74%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Kalamazoo College?

Kalamazoo College's early decision acceptance rate was 76% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Kalamazoo College?

The early action acceptance rate at Kalamazoo College was 84% in 2021.

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Kalamazoo College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Kalamazoo College? Kalamazoo College is a very selective institution. The Kalamazoo College acceptance rate is 74%. This means that the institution accepts 74 out of every 100 applicants.



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Kalamazoo College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

May 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Kalamazoo College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Kalamazoo College is May 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Kalamazoo College ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above


25 to 30


25 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Kalamazoo College is 28. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into Kalamazoo College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Kalamazoo College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

570 - 680


Reading SAT Range

580 - 680

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Kalamazoo College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Kalamazoo College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.84. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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