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
Work Here? Claim Your College

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
Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Macalester CollegeSee Other Colleges

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
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.30 responses
27%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.30 responses
Do You Work at Macalester College? Claim Your College Today!
Claim your free account to keep your college's data up-to-date and get insights on user activity for your profile.

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 16 responses
Report
  • Socially Aware
    50%
  • Pretentious
    19%
  • Outspoken
    13%
  • Ambitious and Courageous, but Considerate
    6%
  • Passionately Committed
    6%
  • Smart but kind of snobby
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.24 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.39 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Internationally focused and deep thinking
    56%
  • Intelligent and diverse thinkers
    17%
  • Bubble
    6%
  • Creme dela creme
    6%
  • Quirky and intelligent, but militant and snobby
    6%
  • Think broadly and deeply
    6%
  • Thoughtful Creatives
    6%

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
Colleges like Macalester College
More

Macalester College Reviews

376 reviews
All Categories
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.
Start Your Review of Macalester College
Rate It!
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!
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.