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Welcome Families!

Interest and involvement of family members are critical elements for students during their college journey. This site is dedicated to providing families information and links to numerous resources available at Kalamazoo College. We hope that you find these links helpful as you support the journey of your Kalamazoo College Hornet!


Parents/Guardians of Incoming First-Year Students (class of 2025)

Welcome to Kalamazoo College! We are so happy that your student is joining our community! We will have more information on this page about Orientation throughout the summer, but here are a few important points:

*A physical mailing will be sent to all incoming first-year students in late June. The mailing will contain the full Orientation Schedule, a copy of the Summer Common Reading book and a lot of other important information. We encourage you to read over these materials with your student.

*A physical mailing will be sent to all parents/guardians of incoming first-year students in early July. This mailing will contain specific information just for parents/guardians, as well as a copy of the Parent Orientation schedule. We have some fantastic sessions planned to help parents/guardians obtain great information, resources, and answer questions.

*For planning your travel to campus: The residence halls will open for first-years to check anytime in on Wednesday, September 8 from 1-4 p.m. and Thursday, September 9 from 9 a.m.- noon (fall athletes, international students, and LandSea participants have their own separate check in schedule). Early check-ins cannot be accommodated so please make your travel arrangements accordingly. Orientation activities begin on Thursday, September 9 at 1 p.m., and participation in Orientation is required for all new students. Orientation programs for parents/guardians will be offered all day on Thursday, September 9 and will conclude with families departing campus at 5 p.m. that day. Students will continue Orientation activities through Sunday, September 12. Classes start Monday, September 13. More details will be included in the summer mailings and added on the First-Year Experience website throughout the summer. We look forward to your arrival!