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Macalester College

St. Paul, MN

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Overview

Macalester College | An Overview

Macalester College is one of very few selective liberal arts colleges located in the heart of a major metropolitan area. Students are curious, highly motivated, serious about their academic pursuits, and supportive of each other. Macalester students are more likely to work together for collective academic success than to compete. 

Macalester students come from more than 90 countries and all 50 states. More than 60% of students study abroad for 15 weeks or more, providing time for substantial experience and learning in another culture. The United Nations flag has flown over campus since 1950, a symbol of Macalester's commitment to world peace and understanding. 

Macalester’s demanding academic program and commitments to internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society are all amplified by its location in the Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Being in the heart of a metropolitan area allows for over 60 courses to readily partner with organizations in the Twin Cities. Examples classes include: 

Legislative Politics, where students intern as legislative aides in the nearby Minnesota State Capitol;

Community Psychology and Public Health, in which students engage in off-campus shadowing opportunities;

Drama: Theater and Politics, which incorporates theatrical performances in multiple Twin Cities theaters including the world-class Guthrie Theater.

A New York student recently wrote this about off-campus opportunities: “I've been to a Grammy-winning classical performance by the Saint Paul Chamber orchestra and a big pop concert with Pentatonix. I've been to the Super Bowl and seen a show at the Guthrie Theater. I can take a walk by the Mississippi River or Minnehaha Falls, stroll through an art museum like the Walker or the Minneapolis Institute of Art and it's all within a short bus ride or even walking distance from campus. Our location is also amazing for internships and research.” 

Financial Aid

Macalester's robust financial aid program supports the enrollment of bright, talented students from around the world, regardless of their family's financial background. Macalester provides a financial aid package equal to 100% of demonstrated financial need for every admitted student. Two out of three Macalester students receive need-based financial aid. 

Macalester also provides a significant merit-based scholarship program. Around half of Macalester students received a merit-based scholarship in 2019-2020.

Athletics & Student Organizations

Contributing to long-lasting friendships and a sense of community, there are over 100 student organizations available. They reflect the diverse interests of our students and range in focus from academic, adventure, art, athletics, chess, comedy, consulting, culture, dance, entrepreneurship, gaming, Habitat for Humanity, investing, Mac radio station, Model United Nations, music, philosophy, politics, Quiz Bowl, recreation, religion, rocketry, Scrabble, slam poetry, software development, sports, ultimate frisbee, water polo and more.

Macalester has 19 varsity athletic teams as well as club and intramural sports. Most varsity teams compete in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The football program competes in the Midwest Conference.

Admissions at Macalester College

The best preparation for applying to Macalester College is a balanced and rigorous high school curriculum. It is important to take classes in all five academic core subjects: English, mathematics, history or social science, laboratory science, and foreign language. Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses should be taken if available.

Macalester evaluates each applicant's record in their high school context, paying particular attention to an applicant's curricular opportunities and performance. There is no minimum GPA because school systems vary a great deal. Factors such as academic performance, teacher recommendations, essays, leadership experience, and extracurricular involvement are thoroughly reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, SAT II, AP, IB) are not required for admission to Macalester, but the Admissions Committee will review any test scores that are submitted as part of the application.

Notable Alumni

Notable alumni include Kofi Annan ’61 who became Secretary-General of the United Nations and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Fred Swaniker ‘99 who founded the African Leadership Academy and was named one of 2019’s 100 most influential people by Time Magazine, Tim O’Brien ’68, acclaimed author of The Things They Carried, actress and playwright Danai Gurira ’01, whose recent roles include Okoye in Black Panther Avengers: Endgame and Michonne in The Walking Dead, and Walter Mondale ’50 who served as Vice President of the United States.

Location & Contact

Address 1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105-1899
United States
Contact Mr. Jeff Allen
Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid
Email: admissions@macalester.edu
Phone: 651-696-6357
Fax: 651-696-6724

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Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Classics And Classical Languages Checkmark
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History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
Intercultural/multicultural And Diversity Studies Checkmark
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Econometrics And Quantitative Economics Checkmark
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Dramatic/theater Arts And Stagecraft Related Checkmark
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

6,598
Applied
2,129
Accepted
2,098
Enrolled
32%
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Female Admissions

3,963
Females Applied
1,286
Females Accepted
32%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

2,635
Males Applied
843
Males Accepted
32%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

40
Application Fee
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
2 recommendations
Recommended Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen January 15th March 30th
Early decision plan November 15th December 15th
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer April 15th May 15th

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 695 660 740
SAT Math 707 660 770
ACT Composite 31 29 33

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

58,248
Private
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Fees

230
Full-time student fees
13,084
Room & board
7,026
Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

49,693
Avg. Financial Aid Package
48,689
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
45,260
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
5,071
Avg. Loan Aid
15,182
Avg. Grant Aid
42,774
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
100%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
64%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

2,098
Total Undergrad students
15%
International Students
81%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 8.72%
Black or African American 4.19%
White or Caucasian 56.53%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.29%
Asian 7.82%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.1%
Two or more races 6.77%
Other 0.38%

Gender

Male (41.75%)
Female (58.25%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Cooperative housing
Co-ed housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 62%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Winter Ball, Springfest and Founders Day

Student Services

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Student Organizations

Greek fraternities
Greek sororities
Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Program Board, WMCN - Macalester College Radio, The Mac Weekly, Outing Club and Climbing Club

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Football No Division 3 No
Golf No Division 3 No
Ice Hockey No Checkmark No
Lacrosse No No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Skiing (cross-country) No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball No Checkmark No
Water Polo No Checkmark No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Football No No No
Golf No Division 3 No
Ice Hockey No Checkmark No
Lacrosse No Checkmark No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Skiing (cross-country) No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball No Division 3 No
Water Polo No Division 3 No

Faculty

250
Total Faculty
10:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 195
Part-time - 55
Male - 110
Female - 140
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