A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  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
    A-
Macalester College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Presbyterian
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
Address
1600 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105

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

Acceptance Rate
37%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1260-1490
ACT Range
29-33
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$28,528/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,848/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,378/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,423/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,161/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,132/ year

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
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.27 responses
30%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.27 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,138Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
18%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Socially Aware
    54%
  • Pretentious
    23%
  • Outspoken
    15%
  • Smart but kind of snobby
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.21 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.36 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Internationally focused and deep thinking
    67%
  • Bubble
    7%
  • Creme dela creme
    7%
  • Intelligent and diverse thinkers
    7%
  • Quirky and intelligent, but militant and snobby
    7%
  • Think broadly and deeply
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses
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When folks as me if I like Macalester, I say, "I love it for what it is." What is Macalester? Macalester is a small liberal arts private college with dedicated students, faculty and staff alike. As a Black, queer and trans student with several learning disabilities, Mac is the best but most challenging places for me to be. The liberal, left centered politics energy the campus gives off is a double edged sword. The access to resources, internships and just knowledge all around is impressive and a blessing. But the naive perspective a well intentioned allies on both the behind the scenes and front line arenas can be exhausting. The bathrooms are still gendered on much of the campus. Professors will misgender me and microaggressions happen daily. But Macalester realizes how far they have come and how far they have yet to go. They cater to and ask their students for help. Maclester is the right college for me because it's community likes to stay hopefully realistic.
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My partner attends school there she always tells me how great her school is how amazing her professors are and how much she really likes it. I've stayed a few times in her dorm and well its a dorm, not too big of a party scene but fun after class activities to do. Overall seems like a great school!
Sometimes it can be harder to find parties, but when you live in the first-year dorms, it's pretty easy - just follow the noise. People are generally really welcome and inviting at parties. A lot of groups (clubs, teams, classes, any kind of defined group) at Macalester have themed progressives that include scheduled themed stops. These are very open and inviting to members of a group and a good way to bond with people on the weekends or outside of an academic setting. On top of that, you don't need to drink to go on progressives or go to parties in general! There's very little pressure to do so if you don't want to. Off-campus house parties are usually pretty cool and fun. Sometimes they can get pretty loud, but unlike at some other schools, I've never heard of the police being called or the hosts of a party kicking people out for illegitimate reasons. On-campus parties in dorm rooms occasionally get busted, but the punishments are pretty lenient. In my opinion, the noise levels on-campus can get pretty loud without having to worry about getting in trouble.