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Macalester College

St. Paul, MN

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Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a private college of liberal arts and sciences. Its academic program ranks among the top 20 in the nation and includes broad research and internship opportunities. In small classes where rigorous debate is encouraged, Macalester challenges students to consider ideas from multiple perspectives, to be responsible global citizens, and to forge solutions to current and future global problems.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students2,146
   Women1,280 (59.6%)
   Men866 (40.4%)
Graduate StudentsNot reported


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate37% of 5,946 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math687 average
630-750 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading681 average
630-740 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing684 average
650-740 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite30 average
29-33 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$64,595
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$43,701
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 54% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes


St. Paul Population290,770
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 61% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division III


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.8% Asian
3.2% Black/African-American
7.3% Hispanic/Latino
5.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
75.3% White
0.2% Unknown
International Students14.9% from 66 countries
First-Year Students Returning93.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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Average 3.82 4.21 693 691 31
Low 3.23 3.30 580 530 27
High 4.00 5.00 800 780 35
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Macalester has a 280-acre Natural History Study Area on the Mississippi River.

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