How to Apply

YOUR JOURNEY STARTS HERE

We’re looking for future students who will become successful graduates, so we use a holistic review process to fully assess your candidacy for admission. We promise you that all materials you submit will be given careful consideration.

Have questions? Good, we like that in our candidates. This is a big decision and we’re here to help you any way we can. You may reach our team by emailing  Admission.Records@kzoo.edu at any point for assistance.

Kalamazoo College uses the Common Application for all applicants. Start your application today!

Application Instructions

First-Year Students: U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

A prospective first-year student is currently in high school (regardless of total college credits completed while in high school) or has graduated from high school but has not enrolled at a college or university. Those high school students with early/middle college credits are considered prospective first-year students.

Completed applications include the following:

  • Common Application, including the Common Application essay
  • High School Transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation and Secondary School Report
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Mid-Year Report (once your seventh semester grades are available)

Additional Optional Components Include:

  • ACT or SAT scores
    • ACT school code: 2018
    • SAT school code: 1365
  • Kalamazoo College writing supplement
  • Meet with an admission counselor or alumni representative
Homeschool Students

Kalamazoo College values the diverse experience homeschool students bring to our campus. Because we want to evaluate each homeschool student’s unique curriculum and experience, we require that in addition to completing the Common Application for admission, all homeschool students must:

  • Interview with an admission counselor. This interview may be conducted on campus (recommended), off-campus, or via Skype. Contact your admission counselor to schedule an admission interview.
  • Submit additional letters of recommendation. In addition to the required teacher recommendation letter (which may be completed by a family member who fills that role), you must submit one additional reference from a non-family member, such as a tutor, employer, or coach.
  • Provide an academic portfolio. If you are working through a national degree-granting organization, or if you are taking courses at a community college or other post-secondary institution, please submit your transcript. If you are working independently of such an organization, please submit a detailed syllabus that lists the subjects studied each year and a brief description of each course. If no grades are provided, please include the narrative evaluation for each course.

Find more information about dual enrollment and transfer credit.

International Students: First-Year and Transfer

An international student is an individual of foreign nationality who will be entering, or has already entered, the United States with a student visa. Students already residing in the United States and holding other non-immigrant visas (E2,H2 or L2) are also considered international students.

Completed applications include the following:

  • Common Application, including the Common Application essay
  • Official Secondary School Transcript
  • International Student Financial Aid Application
  • Verification of English Proficiency
    • TOEFL
      • Computer-based exam: recommended score 213 or higher
      • Paper-based exam: recommended score 550 or higher
      • Internet-based (iBT) exam: recommended score 84 or higher
    • SAT
      • A recommended Evidence based read and writing score of 600 or higher
    • IELTS
      • A recommended score of 7 or higher
    • Duolingo Exam (in conjunction with an admission meeting)
      • A recommended score of 110 or higher
      • Schedule an admission meeting
    • English-speaking country
    • English as a second language
      • Applicants for who English is a second language but have attended a secondary school in an English-speaking country for at least two years
    • IB Programs
      • Applicants who have completed or are pursuing a full IB diploma and are taking English A1 or English A2 and have a predicted grade of 5 or higher
  • Finance your education
  • Student Visa information

English Speaking Countries

American Samoa
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
Botswana
British Virgin Islands
Canada
Cayman Islands
Christmas Island
Cook Islands
Dominica
Falkland Islands
Fiji
Ghana
Gibraltar
Grenada
Guernsey
Guyana
Hong Kong
Isle of Man
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Micronesia, Federated States of
Montserrat
Namibia
New Zealand
Nigeria
Norfolk Island
Northern Mariana Islands
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Philippines
Pitcairn Islands
Puerto Rico
Republic of Ireland
Rwanda
Saint Helena
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
Swaziland
The Bahamas
The Gambia
Trinidad and Tobago
Tristan da Cunha
Turks and Caicos Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands
Uganda
United Kingdom
United States
Vanuatu
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Transfer Students

Apply as a transfer student if you have matriculated to a college or university after receiving a high school diploma or its equivalent. Early/middle college or dual-enrolled students are considered first-year students.

Transfer applicants are considered for admission to the Fall (September) and Winter (January) terms only.

Completed applications include the following:

  • Common Application, including the Common Application essay
  • High School Transcript (or equivalent)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • College report (accessed through Common App)
  • Academic evaluation (teacher recommendation)

More information about transfer admission.

Undocumented and DACA Students

Kalamazoo College admission, enrollment, and tuition policies are not based on immigration or DACA status.

Completed applications include the following:

  • Common Application, including the Common Application essay
  • High School Transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation and Secondary School Report
  • Teacher Recommendation
  • Mid-Year Report (once your seventh semester grades are available)

Additional Optional Components Include:

  • ACT or SAT scores
    • ACT school code: 2018
    • SAT school code: 1365
  • Kalamazoo College writing supplement
  • Meet with an admission counselor or alumni representative

Previously Applied

If you have previously applied to Kalamazoo and would like to reactivate your application please contact our office.

Admission Timeline

DatesFirst YearTransfer
August 1The Common Application is live! Create your account and begin your application for Fall 2021
October 1Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
November 1Early Decision and Early Action application deadline
November 15Winter Transfer application deadline
December 1Early Decision notificationWinter Transfer notification
December 15Winter Transfer deposit deadline
December 20Early Action notification
Early JanuaryFinancial Aid packages released for those who filed a FAFSA
January 15Early Decision deposit deadline Regular Decision application deadline
March 1FAFSA priority deadline
April 1 Regular Decision notification
May 1National College Decision Day!
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Transfer application deadline
May 15Transfer notification
June 1Transfer deposit deadline