Macalester College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Presbyterian
NCAA Division III (with football)
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.28 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.27 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.27 responses
Most Popular Majors
Mathematics & Statistics53 Graduates
Political Science and Government49 Graduates
International Studies46 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities26 Graduates
Computer and Information Studies25 Graduates
Geology and Earth Science23 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.21 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.36 responses
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses
Macalester College Reviews
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.
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.