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Kalamazoo College Admission Requirements

Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Your chances of getting into Kalamazoo College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Kalamazoo College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Kalamazoo College is 79.6%.  Its admission rate is the 25th lowest in Michigan.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Kalamazoo College and can you get accepted?

Kalamazoo College is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 2,666 out of the 3,350 who applied were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 29 percent on standardized admission tests. Kalamazoo College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.73. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 14% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Kalamazoo College?

80% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Kalamazoo College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.73 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1270 on the SAT
  • Score 27 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Kalamazoo College GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Kalamazoo College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Kalamazoo College are to have around a 3.73 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.73 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Kalamazoo College accepts 80% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Kalamazoo College is 3.73 on the 4.0 scale. 35% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #6 in Michigan for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Kalamazoo College is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Kalamazoo College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 35.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 35.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 18.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 8.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 2.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 2.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Kalamazoo College SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Kalamazoo College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 26% of students submitted SAT scores and 11% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Kalamazoo College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 590
Math 25th Percentile 570
Composite 25th Percentile 1160
SAT Scores for Kalamazoo College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 690
Math 75th Percentile 690
Composite 75th Percentile 1380
Average SAT Score 1270

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Kalamazoo College?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Kalamazoo College is 1270 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1160-1380. Students who get into Kalamazoo College score in the top 31 percent of all SAT test takers..  Kalamazoo College ranks #2 in the state of Michigan and #186 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1270 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Kalamazoo College regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1160 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1160, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1050, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Kalamazoo College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1270 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1270, you have around a 80% chance of being admitted. A 1380 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 88% chance of getting in.

Kalamazoo College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1380 and Above Good >88%
1270 to 1380 Avg + 80%-88%
1160 to 1270 Avg - 68%-80%
1050 to 1160 Reach 53%-68%
Less than 1050 Low <53%
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Kalamazoo College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Kalamazoo College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 24
Math 25th Percentile 22
Composite 25th Percentile 24
ACT Scores for Kalamazoo College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 34
Math 75th Percentile 30
Composite 75th Percentile 30
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Kalamazoo College?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Kalamazoo College is 27, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 24 and 30.  The school ranks #6 in Michigan and #240 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 27. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 24 and score in the score in the top 27 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 21.

11 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Kalamazoo College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Kalamazoo College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Kalamazoo College for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 27 score has around 80% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 88% with a 30 ACT score.

Kalamazoo College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >88%
27 to 30 Avg + 80%-88%
24 to 27 Avg - 68%-80%
21 to 24 Reach 53%-68%
Less than 21 Low <53%
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High School Class Rank

67% of Kalamazoo College freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 39% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Kalamazoo College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 39%
Top 25% of class 67%
Top 50% of class 95%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Kalamazoo College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,902 1,448 3,350
Accepted 1,535 1,131 2,666
Acceptance Rate 81% 78% 80%
Enrolled 206 176 382
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 16% 14%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 15, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 107 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Kalamazoo College is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Kalamazoo College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Kalamazoo College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Kalamazoo College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Kalamazoo College is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.73 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1270 and ACT of 27 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=170532 IPEDS survey data for Kalamazoo College.


Does Kalamazoo College prefer SAT or ACT?

26% of students submit their SAT scores to Kalamazoo College. 11% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Kalamazoo College?

80% of those who apply are granted admission to Kalamazoo College. Admission competition is and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Kalamazoo College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1160 and 1380. The average SAT score is 1270. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Kalamazoo College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 30. The average ACT score is 27. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.