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Macalester College
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  • 4 Year
  • SAINT PAUL, MN

Report Card

grade A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Value
    grade A
  3. Diversity
    grade A+
  4. Campus
    grade C+
  5. Athletics
    grade C+
  6. Party Scene
    grade B
  7. Professors
    grade A
  8. Location
    grade A
  9. Dorms
    grade C+
  10. Campus Food
    grade C+
  11. Student Life
    grade A minus
  12. Safety
    grade A minus

About

1600 GRAND AVE
SAINT PAUL, MN 55105
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
From Macalester College

At Macalester College, students experience the best of both worlds—the inspiring academic program of a liberal arts and sciences education, combined with the energy and opportunities of the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Macalester draws students from every corner of the globe. With 2,200 students coming from 99 countries and all 50 states, students find richer discussions and a deeper understanding of the world through experiences in and outside the classroom. There are over 100 student organizations where students enjoy shared interests, express their identities, and expand their talents.

Macalester's core values of internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society empower students to create positive change and make a difference in the world. The United Nations flag has flown on campus since 1950 and student-led social movements have been happening since the 1960s, symbols of Macalester’s commitment to a curriculum and way of life made stronger through diversity.

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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
39%
SAT Range
1280-1450
ACT Range
29-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$35,589 / 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
$35,464 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
85%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
96%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 28 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 49 responses
33%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 49 responses

Majors

Workshop Wednesdays

What’s the difference between a liberal arts college and a state university? How can my family afford college? How can I really nail my college essay? When you dive into your college search, the questions start piling up. So it’s time to find the answers in our Workshop Wednesdays summer series. We’ve covered the topics that rise to the top for students thinking about college.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,207 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
37
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
25%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 34 responses
  • Socially Aware
    38%
  • Ambitious and Courageous, but Considerate
    15%
  • Pretentious
    12%
  • Outspoken
    9%
  • Smart but kind of snobby
    9%
  • Loves Aron Baynes
    3%
  • Mostly not great but some good hidden gems
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
95%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 43 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 58 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
  • Internationally focused and deep thinking
    50%
  • Intelligent and diverse thinkers
    17%
  • Horrible
    8%
  • Insecure
    6%
  • Bubble
    3%
  • Creme dela creme
    3%
  • Quirky and intelligent, but militant and snobby
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,600 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
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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