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Overall Niche Grade
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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
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    A-
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
Address
1600 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
From Macalester College

Macalester students benefit from two dynamic cities, St. Paul and Minneapolis, that provide real-world experiences, internships, research that matters…plus a global campus community with the vibe of a charming neighborhood.

The College is recognized as a global leader among liberal arts colleges, with the highest standards for scholarship and a commitment to internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

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
37%
SAT Range
1260-1490
ACT Range
29-33
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

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
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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
75%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.32 responses
28%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.32 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,108Undergrads
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 18 responses
Report
  • Socially Aware
    44%
  • Outspoken
    17%
  • Pretentious
    17%
  • Ambitious and Courageous, but Considerate
    6%
  • Passionately Committed
    6%
  • Smart but kind of snobby
    6%
  • Stressed
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.26 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.41 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 20 responses
Report
  • Internationally focused and deep thinking
    55%
  • Intelligent and diverse thinkers
    15%
  • Bubble
    5%
  • Creme dela creme
    5%
  • Insecure
    5%
  • Quirky and intelligent, but militant and snobby
    5%
  • Think broadly and deeply
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
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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Love this place! My favorite thing about this place is that the people and professors really care about you. It goes both ways. If you come here looking for an education you won't just learn more about the subjects you study, you'll learn to think for yourself, and create real-world solutions to the issues that face society today. Mac is a very activism-orientated environment. That means that no matter what they are doing, the people and profs are passionate about their areas. Not for everyone - just for the people who want to change the world.
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This has been the best experience of my life. I sincerely hope that you apply if you are considering Mac for the next four years. Really in-depth education, the sports teams and clubs are great opportunities to meet people. The dorms are the best place to get to know others. Even though there isn't a Greek life system, there are no shortages of volunteer ops w/ other students. Highly recommend!
I'm ready to graduate and never come back. This place will tire you out quickly because it has so many extremes. While it sells itself as a worldly and nerdy place, it is anything but. The social scene is monopolized by athletes and A capella groups (there are only 5 on campus). The rest of the campus is not nerdy, but just weird and insecure, with few in between. There are few extracurriculars that afford students the opportunity to socialize. Most clubs are boring social justice type stuff. Thankfully I'm in a club sport (of which there are few and receive no support from the school), which has really saved me. I also have some very caring friends and professors. Otherwise, the social scene on campus is awful and I'm glad to be getting out.