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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    A-
1600 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
From Macalester College

Macalester College is a selective liberal arts college with a long history of providing an international education in a global community. Macalester students come from more than 90 countries and all 50 states.

Set in a beautiful neighborhood just a few miles from the city centers of St. Paul and Minneapolis, a metropolitan area of 3.5 million, students have valuable access to an enormous array of internships and research opportunities within a few miles of campus.

The United Nations flag has flown over campus since 1950, a symbol of Macalester’s commitment to world peace and understanding. The college was among the first to fly this new flag.

Macalester College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
41%
SAT Range
1310-1500
ACT Range
29-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$29,013/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$37,267/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
85%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
96%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.28 responses
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.42 responses
31%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.42 responses

Majors

Macalester 2020 Summer Showcase

As 2020 marches forward and nears completion, Macalester students continue to inspire with their creativity, resiliency, and impressive scholarship! The Summer Showcase of research, internships, projects, and entrepreneurial endeavors celebrates the depth and breadth of Macalester students' summer experiences and their close collaboration with faculty, staff, and community partners.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,140Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
34
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Socially Aware
    42%
  • Ambitious and Courageous, but Considerate
    15%
  • Outspoken
    12%
  • Pretentious
    12%
  • Smart but kind of snobby
    8%
  • Loves Aron Baynes
    4%
  • Passionately Committed
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
97%
of students say they don't have Greek life.36 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.51 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Internationally focused and deep thinking
    52%
  • Intelligent and diverse thinkers
    17%
  • Home away from home
    3%
  • Horrible
    3%
  • Insecure
    3%
  • Creme dela creme
    3%
  • Bubble
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $47,600/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    90%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    91%
    National
    83%
    81%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses

    Macalester College Reviews

    431 reviews
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    Macalester was an excellent choice for me. I am from California and was looking for a small liberal arts school with strong academics, a diverse community, a suburban/urban location and the opportunity to play DIII sports. The highlights of my Mac experience have included great access to professors in challenging classes, finding an amazing group of friends from all over the world, ready access to explore opportunities in the twin cities, a well balanced and supportive environment for student-athletes, and an engaged and welcoming community. I highly recommend Mac!
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    Macalester truly changed my life, and I am so grateful for the entire undergraduate experience. I am originally from the Southwest US, and I was drawn to the Twin Cities and Macalester after my first campus visit. I was so grateful to receive a generous financial aid package that made it possible for me to attend school out of state. The students are passionate and engaged. I was taught by the incredible staff and faculty how to grow intentionally and find my purpose in school and beyond. The winters are cold, but Minnesotans are like no other. If an Arizonan can do it, so can you! And it's worth it.
    I initially went to Macalester with the intent to transfer to Cornell University. I changed my mind within the first year. My first year floor was full of amazing people who challenged me to get outside my comfort zone and try out new clubs and activities. My first year floormates remain some of my closest friends to this day. I also still keep in touch with professors. They are so accessible and really want to see you succeed! During my time at Mac, I had multiple professors invite me to their homes and take time to get to know me outside of the classroom. The faculty to student ratio is one of the main things that kept me at Mac.