Kalamazoo Valley Honors Program

The Honors Program is a reading and writing intensive learning community that aims to prepare graduates to transfer to top-notch colleges and universities. Successful applicants are expected to graduate from Kalamazoo Valley Community College before they transfer. The program theme is New Urbanism--especially Jane Jacobs's ideas on how to create vibrant cities. Seventy percent of the world's population is expected to be urbanized by 2050; therefore, it is critical that we learn how to make cities work well.

Honors Program students spend a considerable number of hours each week preparing their assignments. The workload is equivalent to what is expected at selective liberal arts colleges.

Program requirements:


Nathan Bakker
Rebekah Bensley
Nicholas Crocker
Hannah Domsic
Chyane Dragicevich
Leah Fernandez
Kaitlin French
Scott Jimenez
Betsy Kooistra
Nathaniel Kwekel
Chelsea Lacey
Austin Ladd
Elijah Lawrence
Carolina Lumetta
Donald Marfia
Dakota McCracken
Jack Powell
Rachel Powell
Joshua Rumsey
Megan Stumbo
Amanda Vella


Selected benefits of being a member of the Honors Program include:


Step 1

Submit a standard Kalamazoo Valley Admission Application form to the Admissions, Registration, and Records Office, room 9140, Texas Township Campus.

Step 2

Composition Ability

General Academic Ability (Choose One)

Step 3

Prepare and forward a résumé of your accomplishments, along with either your official transcripts or ACT/SAT scores, and a copy of your Accuplacer WritePlacer essay results. E-mailed or faxed documents will not substitute for hard copy. Do not include any additional information in your application materials such as letters of recommendation, writing samples, or pictures. Please mail your application documents to the director at the following address:

Stephen Louisell
Honors Program Director
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
PO Box 4070
Kalamazoo, MI 49003-4070

Step 4

Finalists will be required to sit for an interview with the director. Interview questions will be e-mailed to candidates whose names are put forward. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail approximately one week after their interview. The Honors Program scholarship pays full in-district tuition and course fees for up to 70 credit hours for students who maintain program standards. Scholarship funds are disbursed at the end of each semester to all students who have met weekly writing, community service, and grade point average program standards.


You may contact , director of the Honors Program. You may also visit the Honors Program office in the faculty office complex at the Texas Township Campus in room 7363.

Please make an appointment prior to your visit by calling (269) 488-4335.