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.

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collegeType
Private
studentType
Coed
2,098
Undergraduates
877
Men - 41.8%
1,222
Women - 58.2%
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Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
32% of 6,598 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
707 average
660-770 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
695 average
660-740 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
31 average
29-33 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
$74,271
Tuition and Fees
$58,478
Room and Board
$13,084
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$48,689
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$23,060
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
195
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
16%
10-19
53%
20-29
24%
30-39
6%
50-99
1%
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Not reported Population
290,770
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Not reported
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
62% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Scot
Sororities
Not reported
Fraternities
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.3%
Asian
9.2%
Black/African-American
4.9%
Hispanic/Latino
10.3%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
8%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
66.7%
Unknown
0.4%
International Students
15.2% from 97 countries
First-Year Students Returning
93.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
85.6%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
70%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
11.0%