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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
About Macalester College...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
Address
1600 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
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
1300-1480
ACT Range
29-32
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$30,672/ 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
$33,335/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

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
72%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.36 responses
31%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.36 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,093Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
43
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Socially Aware
    41%
  • Outspoken
    14%
  • Pretentious
    14%
  • Ambitious and Courageous, but Considerate
    9%
  • Loves Aron Baynes
    5%
  • Nerdy
    5%
  • Passionately Committed
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
97%
of students say they don't have Greek life.30 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.45 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Internationally focused and deep thinking
    50%
  • Intelligent and diverse thinkers
    21%
  • Aron Baynes MVB
    4%
  • Bubble
    4%
  • Creme dela creme
    4%
  • Insecure
    4%
  • Quirky and intelligent, but militant and snobby
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $47,600/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    87%
    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
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    Macalester College Reviews

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    Macalester is excellent academically. The professors are intelligent, engaging, and eager to help students pursue their interests. The location in the twin cities is helpful for finding internships and volunteer opportunities. While the campus is close to downtown Saint Paul, it is located in a very safe residential neighborhood, which means that much of the student life is focused on campus. The athletics are considerably good for a division three school. There are also a wide range of clubs and other activities for students to be engaged in. The school could be much more diverse, but it is more diverse than other liberal arts colleges I have visited. Overall, it is an excellent school!
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    Macalester provide high quality education while maintaining small classroom sizes. The professors are able to form deep mentorship bonds with students. Many students get to participate in faculty research during the summer months, and are paid by research grants!
    Beautiful campus, professors who care, and decent cafeteria food. Boasts about internationalism but still lacking in diversity. Overall, a great college with wonderful students and faculty! The Twin Cities is a GREAT location.