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Kalamazoo Valley Community College

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Established in 1966 following a successful referendum outcome among local voters, Kalamazoo Valley Community College is a two-year college that actually began giving classes two years later in 1968. The school operates two campuses: one in the heart of Kalamazoo itself and another a few miles south in Texas Township (this is the original of the two campuses).

A point of pride at the school that is frequently brought up to visitors is the fact that Kalamazoo Valley Community College was the first Michigan college to designate a female as president.


Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s academic accreditation has been granted by the Commission of Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1972 through the present. Furthermore, the school is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) as of 1998.

Kalamazoo Valley Community College offers one-year certificate programs and two-year associate degree programs to its students, and furthermore prepares them for transfer to four-year baccalaureate degree programs at colleges all over the country. The school is divided into approximately 40 academic departments, among which a few noteworthy examples would include the departments of Machine Tool Technology, Nursing, Automotive Technology, and Electrical Technology.

In addition to the technical and vocational programs offered at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, the school’s business programs have stood out for their quality and popularity among students. Students may strive toward achieving an Associate of Applied Science degree in either Accounting, Administrative Assistant, E-Business, Business Administration or General Marketing (in addition to other certificate programs).

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Unique Programs

There are various unique programs in place at Kalamazoo Valley Community College that help maintain the school’s reputation of excellence. To begin with, there are various apprenticeship programs available for students (who must be employed by the company at which they plan to be an apprentice) in the fields of welding, millwright, machinist, mold maker, and HVAC technician.

A program to train wind turbine technicians was launched at the college in 2009 and was at the time the only such program in the entire nation, putting Kalamazoo Valley Community College ‘on the map’ in a big way. The program is part of the school’s Wind Energy Center, and is formally administered by the school’s Wind Turbine Technician Academy. In a related matter, the school also happens to be a training center of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, further solidifying its role in the unconventional energy sources field.

Finally, the Center for New Media at the college hosts a biennial animation competition known as the Kalamazoo Animation Festival International, which grants approximately $15,000 in prize money and which attracts animators from all over the planet.


Admission at Kalamazoo Valley Community College—as with virtually all community colleges throughout the nation—is open for all qualified candidates. The school accepts many different kinds of applicants, whether from the surrounding area or farther afield, whether still in high school or a senior citizen. The admissions process for practically all categories of applicants entails simply filling out the application form (online or in print) and then taking the placement assessment test to determine skill and knowledge level. Following, an orientation process ensues after which students will proceed to register for their courses to be taken in their first semester of studies.

All appropriate transcripts (whether from high school or from another college in the case of transfer students) must be submitted along with the application form in order to be considered for admission to Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for students is readily accessible at this school. Similarly, need based financial aid distribution is determined through Academics, Minority Status and State/District Residency. If you are not a need based student, non-need distribution for financial aid is determined by Academics and Athletics. Financial aid forms are FAFSA and Institution’s own financial aid form.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4528th for the average student loan amount.
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Again, it is part of an Suburban setting, Small city (50,000 – 249,999) and Commuter campus. Besides, the student body consists of ninety-nine percent in-state students, one percent out-of-state students, forty-three percent part-time students, fifty percent women, fifty percent men, one percent american indian per alaskan native, two percent asian per pacific islander, nine percent black per non-hispanic, four percent hispanic, seventy-nine percent white per non-hispanic, one percent non-resident alien and four percent race per ethnicity unreported. Kalamazoo Valley Community College offers Associate degrees. The school’s size is approximately nine thousand, two hundred and ten degree-seeking undergrads and one thousand, nine hundred and twenty-one first-time degree-seeking freshmen.

This school features the Suburban setting, Small city (50,000 – 249,999) and Commuter campus. Again, the university has many unique facilites such as museum. Anyway, the school is located 130 miles from Detroit, 150 miles from Chicago.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Kalamazoo Valley Community College is known for its strong athletics performance and the high availability of athletic scholarships and aid. The school fields various teams, and in all they are: men’s and women’s basketball, women’s softball, men’s baseball, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, and men’s golf. The school’s mascot is the Cougar, and the school colors are blue and white. The school’s athletics teams are members in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and compete in Region XII. Kalamazoo Valley Community College is also a member of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.

Information Summary

Ranks 65th in Michigan and 3301st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2606

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4248th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,728 $4,681 $6,324
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $30 $30 $30
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $88 $151 $204
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,078 $6,031 $7,674
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $10,048 $12,001 $13,644
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $5,920 $7,873 $9,516

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,490 $2,614 $4,117 $4,241 $5,605 $5,729
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,320(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,815(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,855(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,855(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 18 152 54 18 16 1,415 62 1,740
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 2 2 29 3 36
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Technology/Technician
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 1 1
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 5 18 23
Business Administration and Management, General 1 17 4 2 74 4 102
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 1 45 4 50
Chemical Technology/Technician 7 7
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 1 6 2 10
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 1 1 28 30
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 2 1 24 28
Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General 5 2 38 2 47
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 21 22
Design and Visual Communications, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Education, General
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 5 1 7
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 5 2 1 2 48 1 59
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 2 43 4 50
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 3 3 1 1 47 2 59
Engineering Technology, General 8 2 1 83 3 98
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 4 41 2 47
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 16 16
General Studies 1 16 5 1 1 110 3 137
Graphic Design 3 3 4 55 1 66
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician 1 11 12
Illustration 1 1
International/Global Studies 6 9 1 1 42 4 63
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary 1 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3 39 13 5 2 248 11 321
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 4 1 52 59
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 2 6 1 2 102 5 118
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 13 1 14
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 21 1 23
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 1 11 1 13
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 1 3 4
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 2 1 7 10
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 1 1
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 14 1 16
Network and System Administration/Administrator 5 5
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 5 6
Plumbing Technology/Plumber
Pre-Engineering 3 1 2 9 15
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 3 1 66 1 72
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 2 1 1 15 1 20
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 4 1 12 2 19
Surgical Technology/Technologist
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 1 1
Welding Technology/Welder 4 4 19 1 29
Word Processing 3 18 1 22

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 512th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $85,573 ($87,584 male / $80,669 female)
Number of FT Faculty 125 (69 male / 56 female)
Number of PT Faculty 486
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $6,793,760

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