Students Say

Macalester College in Minnesota is an academic powerhouse; it “opens myriad doors for students to work incredibly hard at what they love and, through research, explore avenues of interest they may not have previously considered.”

Overview

Applicants
6,463
Acceptance Rate
36%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
640 - 730
SAT Math
630 - 735
SAT Writing
640 - 720
ACT Composite
28 - 32

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

Macalester College in Minnesota is an academic powerhouse; it “opens myriad doors for students to work incredibly hard at what they love and, through research, explore avenues of interest they may not have previously considered.” The school attracts a high quality of “academic-minded” students because of the generous financial aid and places an emphasis on internationalism; the college also strongly encourages students to follow their interests in developing extracurricular student organizations. “Student organizations are provided exceptional guidance and funding from the college,” says a student. The atmosphere is “academically challenging without feeling competitive,” and Macalester is all about “finding the balance between serious academics, service, and fun.” The “genuine, resourceful, accessible, and friendly” professors “are exceptional mentors” who “share the excitement they have about their particular fields.” “I have found a lot of variety both in the teaching styles of my instructors and class topics, which is something I really appreciate about my major and Macalester in general,” says one student. When professors can, they “change lecture to discussion,” “add various different types of course materials,” and generally keep students engaged. There is also a lot of interdisciplinary work and collaborations between professors in order to “help develop new courses, research topics, and even academic majors.” Personal relationships are incredibly important to the faculty here, and professors “invest their time in the success of each student.” Though there’s “a definite depth to courses provided,” the small size of the school means that “the variety within departments could be sparse.” Being in the Twin Cities, there are “a lot of opportunities for volunteering and internships,” and non-achievements, whether in sports, arts, or community service, are given “equal recognition.” “There is an awareness about the world, our place in it, and how our choices affect it. There is an earnest desire to learn and listen to differing perspectives,” says a student.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
248
with Terminal Degree
209

134
Women
114
Men
47
Minority
7
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
85%
Graduate in 5 years
89%
Graduate in 6 years
90%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Education, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Kofi Annan
Former Secretary General U.N.

Walter Mondale
Former Vice President and Ambassador to Japan

Tim O'Brien
Author and Winner of National Book Award

Gary Hines
Founder of Emmy Award Winning Sounds of Blackness

J.J. and Jeremy Allaire
Created cold Fusion Software to Integrate Data Bas

Siah Armajani
Sculptor/Designer of the 1996 Olympic Torch

Mary Karr
Author of The Liars' Club

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
98
Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

The cost of tuition for a year at Macalester is about $46,974. Room and board is approximately $10,500. Daunting though that may seem, the college is committed to helping. The average need-based financial aid package for freshman is $33,522. Not to mention additional aid offered through scholarships and loans.

Bang For Your Buck

Macalester meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student in order to ensure that classes are filled with talented, high-achieving students from a broad variety of backgrounds. The comprehensive fee at Macalester covers only about 75 percent of the cost of attending the college; the remainder comes from the college’s endowment and gifts to the college, which remains fiscally strong. Every student benefits both academically and financially from this support.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,594

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$34,527

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,662

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,156

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
61%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$35,594

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,096

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Macalester is full of “intelligent,” “left-wing,” “self-driven students who want to participate in academics, politics, and social issues.” There is a “simultaneous lightheartedness and intensity” to Macalester students, and everyone here is “eager to converse and debate with peers who may have a very different background from them.” “The socioeconomic range is huge, as is the geographical diversity with international students composing 19 percent of the student body.” “The experience of sitting in a class of twenty with students from eight different countries discussing the cultural implications of translation is one that can only be found at Macalester,” says a student. “It would be easier to define the typical kid who is not at Mac: bro/fraternity-type guys and ditsy, sorority girls,” says one student. “Mainstream people without their own opinions don’t make it here.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,073
Out of State
82%

International
16%
Foreign Countries Represented
91

Demographics

8.15%
Asian
2.73%
African-American
6.86%
Hispanic
75.95%
Caucasian
15.68%
International

61% female
39% male
82% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

This “unique international community in the middle of a frozen metropolis” (“I wish I could pick up the entire campus and move it to a warmer climate”) has an “ideal” placement in a “beautiful” residential neighborhood dotted with restaurants and shops, with quick access to two major cities. At Mac, “There is so much to do on campus that you’re never bored.” “So many organizations, so little time!” says a student. With more than 120 organizations, “It’s hard to find the time to get involved in everything, but very easy to find something to do.” For more casual fun, people “go out into St. Paul and Minneapolis, go to dances on campus, go to house parties off campus, or just hang out and watch movies or have conversations.” Parties “only happen on the weekend, and they are nonexistent around midterms or finals”; “Often people end up talking about Marxism or feminist theory at parties anyway.” “You know you’re at Macalester when the football team had its first winning season in decades, but our poetry slam team [are] national defending champions.” Deep conversations about politics, spirituality, and identity are frequent, and “class and school invade all aspects of life here.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
62%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
96
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
98

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
116
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
10

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

31% participate in intramural sports
19% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Scots)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Scots)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: www.macalester.edu/multiculturalism/lgbtq

Minority Support Groups: Emerging Scholars Program (ESP), Cultural Organizations (Adelante, BLAC, Asian Student Alliance, PIPE), Student Collectives (Black Women of the Diaspira, Men of color, Women of Color). <a href="<a href="http://www.macalester.edu/lealtad-suzuki" target="_blank">http://www.macalester.<WBR>edu/lealtad-suzuki</a>" target="_blank"><a href="http://www.macalester.edu/lealtad-" target="_blank">www.<WBR>macalester.edu/lealtad-</a><WBR><WBR>suzuki</a>, <a href="<a href="http://www.macalester.edu/multiculturalism" target="_blank">http://www.macalester.<WBR>edu/multiculturalism</a>" target="_blank"><a href="http://www.macalester.edu/" target="_blank">www.<WBR>macalester.edu/</a><WBR><WBR>multiculturalism</a>

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of St. Thomas - St. Paul

Sustainability

Macalester College has shown its commitment to addressing climate change by adopting a campus-wide Sustainability Plan under which all the college’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint are organized. The plan focuses on three main areas—leadership, operations, and education—and outlines goals and strategies for building, energy, landscaping, paper use, purchasing, recycling/waste, storm water management, transportation, and water conservation. These focuses helped Macalester achieve a 53 percent diversion rate. Macalester’s LEED Platinum Markim Hall made Macalester the first college or university in Minnesota to achieve this impressive rating. Several other construction projects recently completed have also incorporated green building features. Indeed, all new construction or major renovations on campus are to build to the Minnesota B3 or LEED Silver standards. Macalester has also implemented several innovative programs designed to build enthusiasm among community members for the college’s sustainability efforts. Among them: preferred parking is available for carpools and low-emitting vehicles, and free coffee is provided on a biweekly basis to any college community member who bikes, walks, or buses to work. The MacFreeSwap, Food Waste as Pig Food, and Move-Out Waste Reduction Program are other programs that have helped Macalester College earn a Minnesota Waste Wise Leader Award. Macalester’s Environmental Studies department serves as the primary academic component of Macalester’s sustainability efforts. The interdisciplinary department supports sustainability on campus through courses, events, internships, study abroad programs, and student projects, among others. The Institute for Global Citizenship was recently awarded a grant to expand education for sustainability through the college.

Green Rating
93
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
35

Average Number of PC's per Lab
12

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
97%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
1600 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Phone
8002317974

Email
admissions@macalester.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Fine Arts Center
Leonard Center (athletic facility)
Bateman Plaza (our front patio)
Shaw Field
Second Floor Campus Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Caribou Coffee and Dunn Brothers, coffee houses
Mississippi River, 20 min. walk down historic Summ
Grand Ave/Crocus Hill 3 miles of shops, restaurant
Uptown in Mpls., trendy and artsy shops, etc.
Mall of America, complete w/amusement park, aquari
1. Coffee houses just a few doors from campus. 3. Grand Ave runs through campus and also boasts art galleries, live music and a movie theater. 5. Mall of America, largest shopping mall in the country.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturdays in the fall and April
8am-5pm and 9am-noon
8002317974

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
By Appointment

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@macalester.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Not available on Sat nights or during exams or holidays; not available to juniors during the fall

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is 7 miles from campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve St. Paul. If you are arriving in town by plane, bus, or train, we recommend that you come to campus by taxi. The campus is approximately 15 minutes from all terminals, and the fare should be $12-15.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-94, take the Snelling Ave. exit and go south on Snelling to Grand Ave. Turn right (west) on Grand Ave. and go 1 block. Turn left (south) on Macalester St. From the north on I-35, take I-35E into St. Paul. Exit to I-94 westbound, and follow directions above. From the south on I-35, take 35 E into St. Paul. Exit at Ayd Mill Road (exit #104B). At second ligth, take a left onto Grand Avenue (westbound). One block after crfossing Snelling Avenue, turn left (south) onto Macalester Street. Follow signs to visitor parking. The admissions office is located at 62 Macalester St. Parking for visitors is available in a lot across the street.

Local Accommodations
Four rooms are available at the on-campus Hugh S. Alexander Alumni House. A double room is inexpensive and the rate includes breakfast. A 5-minute drive gets you to Chatsworth Bed and Breakfast (984 Ashland Ave.; 651-227-4288), a peaceful, 1902 Victorian home near good restaurants and shops. The elegant St. Paul Hotel (350 Market St.; 651-292-9292), Minnesota's only 4-star hotel, is a 10-minute drive from the school. Here's a quick list of lower-priced places accessible to Macalester: Holiday Inn (1010 W. Bandana Blvd.; 651-647-1637), 5 miles away, and the Sheraton Four Points (400 Hamline Ave. N.; 651-642-1234 or 800-535-2339). The Sheraton has a pool, whirlpool, sauna, exercise room, restaurant, and bar.