Kalamazoo College is a private, 4-year school located in Kalamazoo, MI, in the southern part of the state just 45 miles east of Lake Michigan. The school was founded in 1833 by American Baptist ministers as Kalamazoo Literary Institute and is among the oldest colleges in the country. The school holds no religious affiliations today, although the Baptist history is acknowledged in many ways. After merging with the University of Michigan for 2 years, the Charter establishing the school as a college was granted and the name was changed to Kalamazoo College in 1850. The 60 acre campus is centered around a main quad which serves as host to many campus events. The buildings are primarily traditional collegiate red brick with an interspersing of contemporary architecture. Among notable alumni is Ty Warner, founder of Ty Inc. (the maker of Beanie Babies).