Great College Experience!!
I wanted to attend Kalamazoo college because of the open curriculum and strong study abroad program. The class sizes were small and I knew I would be able to create strong relationships with faculty. Also, there were no frats or sororities.
The curriculum is excellent. It is one of the few schools in the country that has no requirements (aside from fulfilling a major and taking physical education requirements). You also don't have to choose your major until a sophomore year so you have lots of time to explore your passions.
I took the SATS only. I received 520 math, 650 writing, and 690 math. I didn't take the GRE because my graduate program did not require that test.
It really depends on the class. Humanities and social science classes mostly have final papers instead of exams. Math, science, and psych classes have exams at the midway and final point of the trimester.
I had nothing but excellent things to say about the faculty. There is a much greater emphasis on teaching than research.
You paid for every quarter for classes and room and board if you live on campus. Many classes require a lot of textbooks which can be pricy.
All freshman and sophomore students had to live on campus in dormitories or themed housing. Juniors and seniors were allowed to live on campus if wanted, but most lived in rented houses near the school.
I've heard all positive experience with the externship placements. The career center is great at helping students find jobs after graduation. There is a speaker series called 'confident at commencement' that helps seniors navigate post-grad life.
They don't provide an internship but work with you closely to find internships and summer jobs. The career center offers some stipends for first-generation and low-income students. There is an externship program where they match students with alumni in fields of interest. Students live with alumni for two weeks in the summer and shadow them at work.
We have lots of fun events, such as Monte Carlo (a fancy gambling night where students dress up) every winter trimester. We have Day Of Gracious Living, where classes are canceled randomly one day in the spring trimester and students relax and visit the Lake Michigan beaches.
Yes, I received a merit scholarship of $12,000 per year. Need-based aid is good too, 87% of students received need-based aid.
Monthly Expense : $500 - $1500