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Colleges / Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, MI 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate80%

Kalamazoo College Admissions

It is very difficult to get into Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo College admitted 80% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 3,564 applications received in 2023, 2,845 students were offered admission.

If you are applying to Kalamazoo College, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to Kalamazoo College for the fall semester should anticipate a decision by April 1.

Kalamazoo College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Kalamazoo College's admissions stats.

Kalamazoo College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 35%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 38%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 5%
Waitlist Yes

Kalamazoo College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Kalamazoo College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 1
Early Decision II Yes February 1 February 15
Early Action Yes November 1 December 2
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 April 1

Want to Apply Early to Kalamazoo College?

Kalamazoo College offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 1.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due February 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Kalamazoo College will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 2.

The early decision acceptance rate at Kalamazoo College is 76%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 80%.

Kalamazoo College accepts roughly 84% of early action applicants and 80% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Kalamazoo College admitted 61 of the 80 students who applied early decision. Last year, Kalamazoo College admitted 1,467 of the 1,753 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college in hopes that it will help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

➑️ See a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Kalamazoo College Admissions

How To Get Into Kalamazoo College

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

In 2022, Kalamazoo College accepted 80% of all applicants, about 2,845 from 3,564 applicants.

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.

Transferring to Kalamazoo College

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

For Students Waitlisted to Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Kalamazoo College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling 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 on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Kalamazoo College

Curious about the factors that are considered by Kalamazoo College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Kalamazoo College for more information on admission factors.

Kalamazoo College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) – 3 – –
Interview – √ – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

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, 37% submitted a class rank. At Kalamazoo College 35% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 67% were in the top 25% and 92% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Kalamazoo College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 25%
3.75 and 3.99 32%
3.50 and 3.74 18%
3.25 and 3.49 16%
3.00 and 3.24 7%
2.50 and 2.9 1%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Kalamazoo College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 38% of Kalamazoo College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 5% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Kalamazoo College?

To be competitive with other Kalamazoo College applicants, you should aim to score between 1370 and 1200 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Kalamazoo College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1200 and 25% of scored lower than 1370, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Kalamazoo College students scored 590 or higher and 75% of students scored 700 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Kalamazoo College students scored 610 or higher, and 75% scored a 700 or higher.

To be most competitive at Kalamazoo College, you should strive to earn between 32 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Kalamazoo College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Kalamazoo College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

More Information on 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:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Kalamazoo College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Kalamazoo College?

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

Does Kalamazoo College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Kalamazoo College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

βœ… Kalamazoo College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Kalamazoo College?

❌ No, Kalamazoo College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Kalamazoo College's acceptance rate?

βœ… Kalamazoo College's acceptance rate is 80%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Kalamazoo College?

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

What is the early action acceptance rate at Kalamazoo College?

βœ… 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 80%. This means that the institution accepts 79 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1370 - 1200


Math SAT Range

670 - 590


Reading SAT Range

700 - 610

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 3.75. 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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