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For Parents and Families

Dear Parents and Families:                                                                                          

This website was created for you. We recognize parents and families as partners in their students' education. While your student is with us, we know that they will stay in close contact with you. We also know that students view parents and families as important resources in their decision making.

Our goal with this website is to put you on the same page, literally, with your student and us so that together we can facilitate the kind of education your child is pursuing here at K.

This page contains information for you about campus resources, offices and programs, academic and campus life, and the academic calendar. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with this site, and to use it as you talk with your student.

Kalamazoo College is a challenging environment that also provides high levels of personal support to students. We treat our students as adults who are fully capable of navigating their lives here (as generations of students before them have done), and we have multiple resources to help them do it effectively. In addition to developing intellectual and academic competence, Kalamazoo College helps students become comfortable in managing their personal affairs - finding information, using resources, seeking help when needed, making decisions, and solving problems. We invite your help and support in enabling students to develop these essential "life skills."

We encourage you to call us whenever you have questions. In most cases, the appropriate first call for information should come from your student directly, especially for routine matters. We strongly encourage you to contact us if the following occurs:

  • You are concerned about your student's health or well-being
  • You cannot locate your student after a reasonable amount of time (remember, college students sometimes have unorthodox schedules!)

Please spend a few minutes wandering through the information and resources we have provided in these pages. I invite you to contact my office at any time with questions - 269.337.7209.


Sarah B. Westfall, Ph.D
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students



Our annual Family Weekend is a time when we welcome all family members of students (parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.) to the campus and the Kalamazoo community. Events on Friday include the opportunity to attend a K class with your student (all day), the Honors Convocation (11 a.m.), afternoon information sessions, an evening student concert, a home volleyball game, and a social activity. Events on Saturday include sessions with the Center for International Programs, the Center for Career Development, Departmental Student Advisors, a family photo booth, a home football game, faculty concert, Punch Bowl with the President, and an evening social activity. Formal events are not planned on Sunday. See the full schedule to the right. Throughout the weekend families are encouraged to explore the Kalamazoo community with their student. An information table is available in the Hicks Student Center on both Friday and Saturday with campus and local resources, and registration is not required to attend. Come when you are able, stay as long as you can, and enjoy a lovely fall weekend with your student! Questions about Family Weekend may be directed to Dana Jansma, Associate Dean of Students in the Student Development Office (269-337-7209;