Macalester College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Presbyterian
NCAA Division III (with football)
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- 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
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- 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
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses
Macalester College Reviews
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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.
Food at Mac is great. I think it's of very high quality! There's always fresh fruit at every meal! There are lots of vegetarian and gluten free options. Don't really know about vegan, as I'm not a vegan. Tons of options at lunch, a little less during dinner. There seem to be less options on Friday and Saturday nights, and the cafeteria has weird shortened hours for Saturday dinner. The hardest part for me is balancing the number meal swipes I do each week with the amount of flex points I spend. All first-years have to be on the full meal plans, which is only meal swipes, so that's not something you'll have to deal with at first!
For a small liberal arts school, the course, major, and minor offerings at Macalester are amazing. Students can be pre-law or pre-med, can major in computer science or Gender and Sexuality Studies. Most classes are capped at under 20 students, while the larger lecture classes are capped under 30. The class offerings change from semester to semester, ensuring there will always be something new or interesting to take that will meet requirements at the same time. Students can take a course knowing that the professors will be engaging and encourage discussions and such. My experience thus far has been positive, with professors who want their students to succeed and are always ready to answer questions and provide a center for discussion.