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Kalamazoo Valley Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

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About Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) was established in 1966 and serves the southwest part of Michigan. The original and main campus - the Texas Township Campus - is on a 187-acre site in Kalamazoo, near the intersection of I-94 and US 131. The college's secondary campus - Arcadia Commons - is associated with a museum and the Center for New Media. The college also operates a wind turbine test and training facility in conjunction with Western Michigan University.


Kalamazoo Valley Community College has 40 departments that offer more than 50 certificate programs in areas such as business, industry, health care, human and public service and technical occupations. In addition to career and vocational programs, associate's degrees in pre-science, pre-engineering, liberal arts and education are also available. The college works with several 4-year, public Michigan universities so that students will know what KVCC courses will transfer into a bachelor's degree program.

The recently created International Studies Program includes more than 130 courses in areas from accounting to wellness. These programs focus on the increased emphasis involving global issues and relationships.

The college offers a distance-learning program that includes fully online and hybrid courses. Students without their own computers may still participate in hybrid courses by using the on-campus computer labs.


KVCC has an open admissions policy, welcoming students from all backgrounds. Potential students may co-enroll while still in high school, and there is no application fee. An online application process is provided; however, the application is also available to be printed out.

Applicants must take the COMPASS placement test or submit recent ACT scores to allow the college to determine their initial course requirements. Following completion of the placement test, applicants will schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to determine their semester schedule.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for students living within the Kalamazoo Valley district is $84 per credit-hour. Other in-state students will pay $136 per credit-hour, and out-of-state tuition is $184 per credit-hour. All students are required to pay a $25 per semester enrollment fee. An installment plan is available for payment.

The college works with students to help them gain access to a variety of financial aid programs including grants, scholarships, work-study programs and subsidized loans. Applicants are advised to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificate, associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Midsize suburb (main campus)*
Student Body 11,395, all undergraduate (fall 2011)*
Student Housing No*
Schools and/or Programs 40 departments, more than 75 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 27 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Certificate: licensed practical/vocational nurse (69)
Associate's: liberal arts and sciences (249)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 11% (students entering in 2008, as of fall 2011)*
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Entering Class Size (Fall 2011) 2,108***
First-Year Retention Rates Full-time 56%, part-time 36% (2010-2011)*
Application Due Date Must allow time for placement exam and orientation before semester starts - last day of registration for Fall 2012 was September 28, 2012**
Decision Notification Date When complete application is submitted**
Tuition and Fees (2011-12) In-district $83.50/credit-hour, in-state $136.00/credit-hour, out-of-state $184.00/credit-hour (2012-13)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) Federal grants (55%), state/local grants (7%), institutional grants (9%), federal loans (61%) (2010-2011)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 75% (2010-2011)*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Kalamazoo Valley Community College, ***IPEDS Data Center

School Contact Information

  • Address: 6767 West O Ave., Kalamazoo, Michigan 49003-4070
  • Phone: (269) 488-4100
  • Website: www.kvcc.edu

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