50 Colleges, 50 States: Michigan

For today’s 50 Colleges, 50 States post, we head to Michigan!  I had a hard time choosing just one school to spotlight – with over 90 colleges and universities, Michigan is a great destination for higher education.

College In The Spotlight:  Kalamazoo College

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Location:  Kalamazoo, MI (140 miles from both Detroit and Chicago)

Enrollment:  1450 undergrads

Fast Facts

– The academic program at Kalamazoo College is known as the “K-Plan”.  The plan emphasizes experiential learning, and involves several components.  Students have quite a bit of freedom to choose classes relating to their passions.  While they take classes towards their major, they are encouraged to also explore different fields.  Yearly seminars, internships, and study abroad experiences all lead up to the Senior Individualized Project.  This requirement gives students a chance to do independent research on a topic of interest.

– Speaking of study abroad, Kalamazoo (also known to students as “K College” or just “K”), has been recognized as having one of the best programs in the nation.  A staggering 85% of the students study abroad or “study away” at a location in North America.  Programs send students around the world, both on and off the beaten path.  You can study creative writing in Scotland, environmental studies in Ecuador, and Middle Eastern history and politics in Jerusalem.  Click here to check out all the options!

– K College often appears on college ranking lists.  U.S. News and World Report has recognized the school as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation, and has been named as one of the Colleges that Change Lives.  The Fiske Guide to Colleges lists Kalamazoo as one of the 44 “Best Buy” schools.  They’ve also been recognized for having a large percentage of graduates  go on to earn a Ph.D.

– In my last 50 Colleges, 50 States post, I wrote about Rollins College and their Fox Day tradition where class is canceled and students get to enjoy the beautiful weather.  Kalamazoo has a similar tradition which they call a “Day of Gracious Living.”  Around the same time each year, the administration cancels classes and busses students to nearby Lake Michigan for a day at the beach!  The day is announced by the ringing of the Chapel Bells.

– The Kalamazoo College Hornets compete in NCAA Division III Athletics.  The hornet mascot was adopted in 1923 when everyone seemed to be “buzzing” about the success of the football team.  The men’s tennis team has won an incredible 75 consecutive Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships.

All information taken from the Kalamazoo College website (www.kzoo.edu).  Visit it for more information!




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