Kalamazoo College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Kalamazoo College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 73%. Located in southwest Michigan, Kalamazoo College is noted for the "K-Plan", the school's integrated and personalized approach to a liberal arts education. Kalamazoo's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. In athletics, the Kalamazoo Hornets compete within the NCAA Division III Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).

Considering applying to Kalamazoo College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Kalamazoo College had an acceptance rate of 73%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 73 students were admitted, making Kalamazoo's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 3,371
Percent Admitted 73%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 17%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Kalamazoo College has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Kalamazoo may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 46% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 590 690
Math 550 680
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Kalamazoo College's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Kalamazoo scored between 590 and 690, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 690. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 550 and 680, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 680. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1370 or higher is competitive for Kalamazoo College.

Requirements

Kalamazoo College does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Kalamazoo participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Kalamazoo does not require the essay section of the SAT.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Kalamazoo College has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 27% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 25 33
Math 24 29
Composite 24 31

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Kalamazoo College's admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Kalamazoo received a composite ACT score between 24 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 24.

Requirements

Note that Kalamazoo College does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Kalamazoo participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates. Kalamazoo does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Kalamazoo College's incoming freshmen class was 3.84, and 66% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Kalamazoo College have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Kalamazoo College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Kalamazoo College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Kalamazoo College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Kalamazoo College, which accepts fewer than three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions process. If your GPA falls within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Keep in mind, however, that Kalamazoo also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay, optional Kalamazoo supplemental essay, and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, Kalamazoo recommends optional interviews for interested applicants. Note that applicants with talent in art or writing might consider submitting an Arts Supplement. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Kalamazoo's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were admitted to Kalamazoo College. Most had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1100 or higher, an ACT composite of 22 or higher, and a high school average of a "B+" or better. Note, however, that because Kalamazoo is test-optional, standardized test scores are less important than grades and other criteria in the admission process.

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