College Sophomore 2013-10-14T13:22:38Z
love it profs are hard, but really feel that i'm getting a great education.
College Sophomore 2013-10-14T13:21:46Z
Awesome lots to do and great family like atmosphere.
College Sophomore 2013-10-14T13:20:55Z
haven't had 1 myself, but lots of grads have converted internships into jobs after graduating.
College Sophomore 2013-10-14T13:19:13Z
Nice selection of liberal arts majors available.
College Sophomore 2013-10-14T13:18:21Z
Got an academic scholarship, but with more available as highest school in Michigan now.
College Junior 2013-08-20T20:15:04Z
There is not a need for any sort of transportation if you go to Kalamazoo College...technically. If you have a meal plan then you don't need to drive to or catch a bus to the grocery stores. The campus is very small and walkable. Some people have bikes if they live a short ways off campus or if they like to go downtown. Those are also walkable distances.Parties are always very local and walking distance and besides going to the beach, grocery store, mall, or any shopping or events that aren't in the downtown area or nearby on West Main Street, you don't need a car. It is nice however to have one if you like to visit friends at their schools, go home a lot, find other things to do around the city or just to get farther away or to Western Michigan's campus with more ease. As far as public transportation, the bus system is not super reliable. You can usually catch a bus to where you need to go but you have to first walk down to a main road and the frequency is about every half hour some days. You also have to pay for the bus.
College Junior 2013-08-20T20:06:08Z
Because Kalamazoo is a private college, there are not as many opportunities for scholarship money as there may be at larger state universities. I've found that third parties, or scholarships that aren't coming from the school are very helpful. The school does offer scholarships however and they are very helpful with the massive tuition cost. The financial aid office is very helpful when you need assistance and are willing to review your financial aid package if you express the need and to make changes if possible.
College Junior 2013-08-20T20:01:44Z
Since the campus is very small, it is difficult to maintain many dining options on campus. The student body isn't large enough to support a food court set up where we have the options of take out type places on campus, and the cafeteria has very limiting hours, only serving meals at very specific times and being closed the rest of the day. Other than the dining hall there is a sandwich shop in the student center that is decent, where you can get a sub, pizza, panini, soup, salad or different pastries from early on until about 12am. Other than that there are no other food choices on campus. The food in the cafeteria is varied and there are different sections, for American, International, vegan/vegetarian etc. meals. As far as other dining options around campus, there are many restaurants that deliver pizza, Chinese food or sandwiches, and those re available much later than campus dining.
College Sophomore 2013-07-29T14:13:47Z
we do get the snow in winter. campus is kept clear by staff, but its gets the Michigan weather.
College Sophomore 2013-07-24T02:10:38Z
K has probably the most beautiful campus I've ever seen, especially in the fall. Most of the buildings are older, but very majestic and have been kept up very well or renovated. The student center is very nice and has been redone to become more modern. The library is one of the best buildings on campus, it's super cozy and I highly recommend the reading room (comfy chairs and fireplaces!). The quad is a great place to be during spring quarter, people study/sunbathe/play Frisbee and the cafeteria sometimes holds picnics on it. As for traditions/activities there are too many to list here, something is always going on.
College Sophomore 2013-07-24T01:57:07Z
Your application to the college is an application for a merit based scholarship, so no additional forms to fill out there! Make sure to have FAFSA in. There are other scholarships you can choose to try for. They try to help you as much as possible.
College Sophomore 2013-07-24T01:44:37Z
We're very close to down town which is very nice. Kalamazoo is its own city, but at the same time has some college town aspects and student discounts and such. There is a ton of great food around town. The city also host a lot of cultural events like Art Hop and different concerts in its parks. The shopping is pretty fantastic, lots of little boutiques and such. Oh and the farmers market rocks! Keeping in mind common sense, I feel pretty safe walking around, just remember that it is a city and walking around alone late at night is a bad idea. The locals don't seem to really notice us.
College Sophomore 2013-07-24T01:32:40Z
I don't have a car, but parking is manageable. Most of the year it is fine, as long as you have a parking pass. The only problem is during tennis tournaments, but those only occur once or twice a year.
College Senior 2013-07-10T15:50:30Z
Kalamazoo has a lot of bars that each have a unique appeal. If you are not old enough for the bars, there are always weekend parties and the month of may is known for the event 30 kegs in 30 nights with a kegger every day. Transportation is needed to get most places for underage students but many places are still within walking distance. Compared to most big universities, parties are extremely close by.
College Senior 2013-07-10T15:47:18Z
There are many Psychology courses available that can pique every student's interests. The courses range in terms of challenge and there are a variety of courses at each level. My one complaint is that experimental methods is a required class and is extremely tough for junior year spring.
College Senior 2013-07-10T15:44:51Z
Variety Is Key – Kalamazoo College is located near the downtown area and is surrounded by a variety of stores, restaurants and art venues. On the first Friday of every month, the Park Trades Center holds an art event called Art Hop drawing artists from a wide range of mediums and includes the students of K-College. Many of these venues are within walking distance making them accessible to all students, even those without personal transportation.
College Senior 2013-07-10T15:40:26Z
There are some really star quality professors at Kalamazoo College. But there are definitely a few classes that were disappointing. There is a wide array of classes taught at K that you wouldn't find at a big university. They emphasize breadth, meaning that you have the ability to take classes in a variety of subjects and still find time to complete a major and a minor with ease.
College Junior 2013-06-28T00:47:05Z
Kalamazoo College requires you to live in the dorms until spring of your junior year. Its very inconvenient as well as over priced compared to off campus housing.
College Junior 2013-06-28T00:43:33Z
The academic buildings are nice and up to date. The science building, DOW is very impressive. The athletic facilities are on there way to being better but the current gym and weight room are not as nice as the new outdoor field complex.
College Junior 2013-06-28T00:40:49Z
Downtown is very walkable but shopping is not. The bus system is very slow and could take up to two hours to simply go two miles to the nearest grocery. Students from out of state have very limited options on purchasing dorm materials if they do not have a car.
College Senior 2013-06-26T19:27:59Z
Finding good off-campus housing can be hard as most people are trying to figure it out while on study-abroad, outside of the country. The best thing to do is be prepared ahead of time. Decide who you're living with and talk to the seniors who are leaving. That way you know what you're getting yourself into in terms of house and/or landlord issues.
College Sophomore 2013-06-22T06:28:03Z
The below comment I find a bit too critical and one sided. Yes, Kalamazoo College is a liberal arts school with many privilege caucasian students, but most liberal arts schools ARE. The fact is, we school is making huge attempts to increase diversity and for being a small campus we are extremely diverse compared other midwest liberal arts colleges. Many students of color are over defensive and frustrated which they are completely entitled too. There is a nuanced division between class and race at this school. When you combine so many demographics into a school that is known predominately in white suburban communities conflicts and uneasy tensions occur. But the school recognizes this, and the student body is much aware. There is Talk, activism and progress being made. At least theres this aspect of change occurring, and being a student of color myself im happy to be apart of it. The comment below dubbed this school a "white institution" I cannot disagree more. It is a diversifying institution that has a majority of caucasian students ( what institution doesn't?), but serves to no specific demographic. Blatant racism is extremely hard to come by and the truth is most of everybody is extremely welcoming and curious.
It comes down to perspective, when you are from LA , you will perceive this school as lacking diversity. If you are from a white suburban community you will be overwhelmed by the diversity. these are honest POV's from student body.
College Sophomore 2013-04-21T19:11:18Z
Although the campus is becoming diversify, once they bring people of different ethnic and race backgrounds they do not know what to do with them once they are here. Such as not having resources for them.There are many people who are racist to minorities on campus but yet deny that racism exist. Kalamazoo is a predominantly white institution with many privileged students who do not want student of color in this institution.
College Sophomore 2013-04-20T02:04:47Z
The housing process is easy and the college puts a lot of effort into finding students a good roommate. There are two all Freshman dorms and hey each have their positives and negatives. For example Hoben only has one kitchen for the whole building but it's a much nicer one and there's a positive atmosphere created around it, whereas Trow is bigger and has more lounges but also smaller kitchens. Students must live on campus until Winter Term of Junior Year (but are often gone all of Junior Year anyway) and Sophmores have the option of living in an on-campus house with friends.
College Sophomore 2013-04-14T19:28:03Z
parking, even for freshmen, is very available and inexpensive.
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