50th Anniversary

Student Life

Student Life
The majority of our students are from the surrounding community and enrolled on a part-time basis. About 50% of our students are between 17 and 24 years of age. Ethnically, enrollments are similar to those in the surrounding community: about 88% are Euro-Americans, 8% are African Americans, 2% are Hispanic Americans and 2% are international students or have other non-citizen status. Over 130 international students are enrolled at KVCC, representing 46 different countries from around the globe. Community colleges are able to offer students high quality teaching at a good price. Get current tuitions here. KVCC has two campuses, one in downtown Kalamazoo
and another eight miles west of the city center. KVCC also governs the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, a public museum of history, science and technology. Nearly half of the students who enroll at KVCC each year intend to transfer. Students from KVCC transfer to Michigan colleges and universities, as well as to many institutions in other states. The majority (over eighty percent) transfer to Western Michigan University, also located in Kalamazoo. College transfer programs at KVCC include: business administration, criminal justice, pre-engineering, education, pre-science, liberal arts and pre-social work. The following colleges and universities are among the hundreds of transfer institutions available to students at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
  • Adrian College
    Private, co-educational college of liberal arts and sciences related to The United Methodist Church. It is a traditional four-year, residential college that focuses completely on undergraduate education.

  • Central Michigan University
    Central Michigan University, with a main campus in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and more than 60 locations across the U.S., is nationally recognized for academic excellence in more than 200 programs. Cutting edge research, new facilities, graduate programs and top faculty ensure an education that is one of the best in the state.

  • Eastern Michigan University
    With 23,000 students of all ages and walks of life from around the globe, we are able to combine a world-class university with a thriving, connected community environment.

  • Grand Valley State UniversityGrand Valley offers more than 200 areas of study, including 77 undergraduate majors and 28 graduate programs. Teaching in the liberal tradition, whether in general arts and sciences or the professional degree programs, has always been at the heart of Grand Valley's educational mission.

  • Olivet College
    Olivet College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution. As a small, coeducational college, Olivet takes pride in recognizing its students as individuals. The campus features three residence halls, a campus-wide wireless network, computer labs, newly remodeled library, and a new athletic and recreation facility. Students have the opportunity to participate in more than 30 student organizations and 11 Greek societies.

  • Michigan State University
    One of the world's top 100 universities and one of the 10 largest public university campuses in the nation, MSU is a place where practically anything is possible.

  • University of Detroit
    UDM offers approximately 100 academic programs in fields as diverse as architecture and psychology, business and nursing, teacher education, and engineering. No matter what major you choose — and we have a special program if you're not sure yet — you'll get a solid foundation in the liberal arts that will sharpen your communication and problem-solving skills and give you the cultural context to thrive in any environment.

  • Wayne State University
    Excellent academic programs that directly relate to the world outside college. Distinguished faculty. First-rate facilities. A beautiful 200-acre urban campus. A diverse student body with students from 49 states and more than 70 countries. This is what makes Wayne State. While you're here, your college experience will be stimulating, proactive and fun.

  • Calvin College
    Calvin College is a comprehensive liberal arts college in the Reformed tradition of historic Christianity. Through our learning, we seek to be agents of renewal in the academy, church, and society. We pledge fidelity to Jesus Christ, offering our hearts and lives to do God's work in God's world.

  • Davenport University
    Davenport University prepares students for the most in-demand, fastest-growing careers in business, health and technology. Quality, career-oriented academic programs are offered through our main campus in Grand Rapids and other campuses throughout Michigan.

  • Ferris State University
    The Ferris campus offers big-university opportunities and amenities combined with small-town safety and comfort. The campus is within easy walking distance of downtown Big Rapids with its restaurants, shops, movie theater, art gallery and municipal park. Bicyclists, hikers and in-line skaters have easy access to the White Pine Trail, Michigan's longest "rails to trails" project.

  • Kalamazoo College
    As a highly selective, nationally renowned, and internationally oriented four-year college of arts and sciences, Kalamazoo College has developed a tradition of excellence in the fulfillment of this mission. It is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and enrolls 1,348 students from 40 states and 25 countries. Founded in 1833, "K" College is among the 100 oldest colleges and universities in the nation.

  • Northern Michigan University
    Northern Michigan University, located in Michigan's unique Upper Peninsula, is a dynamic four-year, public, coeducational university which offers 180 degree programs to nearly 9,400 undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Saginaw Valley State University
    The University creates opportunities for individuals to achieve intellectual and personal development through academic, professional, and cultural programs. By fostering an environment of inquiry and openness that respects the diversity of all whom it serves, the University prepares graduates whose leadership and expertise contribute to the advancement of a pluralistic society. The University serves as a cultural and intellectual center dedicated to the pursuit and propagation of knowledge.

  • University of Michigan
    A world-class research university. An exceptional health system. Great schools and museums, beautiful natural areas, and a robust arts community.

  • Western Michigan University
    Western Michigan University is a dynamic, student-centered research university with an enrollment of 25,000. WMU is focused on delivering high-quality undergraduate instruction, advancing its growing graduate division and fostering significant research activities.

It is important that you consult with a KVCC counselor
prior to or after enrollment at KVCC, for transfer requirements
of specific colleges and universities and to plan your program. Activities vary from semester to semester depending upon the wishes and desires of the student body. The college encourages student organization of worthwhile activities and assists in the development of meaningful programs. See our student clubs and organizations for more information.