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.

Website: www.macalester.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,174
Undergraduate
Students
(59.6%) 1,295 Women
(40.4%) 879 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
41% of 5,985 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
660-770 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
691 average
650-730 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
30 average
29-33 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$71,553
Tuition and Fees
$56,292
Room and Board
$12,592
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$48,261
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$24,880
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
188
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 53% of classes
20-29 students: 24% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

St. Paul Population
290,770
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
72% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Scot
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
9.5% Asian
4.0% Black/African-American
9.2% Hispanic/Latino
7.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
68.9% White
0.3% Unknown
International Students
15.8% from 96 countries
First-Year Students Returning
96.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
85.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
60%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
12.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma or equivalent is not required
High School Program
 

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   3
Science   3
Foreign Language   3
Social Studies   3
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1600 Grand Avenue
City, State, Zip
St. Paul, MN 55105-1899
Phone
(651) 696-6357
Fax
(651) 696-6500
E-mail
admissions@macalester.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$40
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 30
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15, February 1
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
41% of 5,985 applicants were admitted
Women
42% of 3,542 applicants were admitted
Men
40% of 2,443 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
2,468 admitted students enrolled
Women
345 (23%) of 1,488 admitted students enrolled
Men
276 (28%) of 980 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
52% of 309 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
426
Students Accepting Wait List Position
238
Students Admitted From Wait List
0

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
660-770 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
56%
Score of 600 - 700
37%
Score of 500 - 600
7%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
691 average
650-730 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
48%
Score of 600 - 700
49%
Score of 500 - 600
4%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
30 average
29-33 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
68%
Score of 24 - 29
29%
Score of 18 - 23
2%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 63%
Top quarter: 91%
Top half: 99%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$71,553
Tuition and Fees
$56,292
Room and Board
$12,592
Books and Supplies
$1,191
Other Expenses
$1,478
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
financialaid@macalester.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline January 15
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002358
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
456 (79.9%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
409 (88.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
409 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
291 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$48,261
Need-Based Gift
Received by 409 (99.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $42,916
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 357 (88.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,047
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 44 (7.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
81 (12.0%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $15,361

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,557 (76.7%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,444 (92.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,444 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
909 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$47,763
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,441 (99.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $40,870
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,321 (91.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,512
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 88 (5.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
272 (12.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $15,251

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
66%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$24,880
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Ethnic Background
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Anthropology
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Education, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Research and Experimental Psychology, Other
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Foreign languages and literature
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
188
Part-Time Faculty
76
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
67%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 53% of classes
20-29 students: 24% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 26% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 65% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 9% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
585,839
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
375
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


St. Paul Population
290,770
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
53 acres

Weather

Temperature
2.8 average low in January, 78.8 average high in September
Rain
116 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in St. Paul
Nearest Train Station
3 mile(s) from campus in St. Paul

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, cooperative housing
Students in College Housing
72% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Scot
School Colors
Blue, orange, and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Water Polo x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football    
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Water Polo x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Football x  
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Water Polo    
Women's Club Sports
crew, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, skiing (cross-country), ultimate Frisbee
Men's Club Sports
crew, ice hockey, rugby, skiing (cross-country), ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, racquetball, soccer, softball, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, program board, wmcn - macalester college radio, the mac weekly, outing club, climbing club
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,174
Women
1,295 (59.6%)
Men
879 (40.4%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,140
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
9.5% Asian
4.0% Black/African-American
9.2% Hispanic/Latino
7.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
68.9% White
0.3% Unknown
International Students.
15.8% from 96 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
96.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
85.0%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
88.8%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
87.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
60%
Average Starting Salary
60%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
12.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Engineering 0.5%
Law 1%
Arts and Sciences 17%
Medicine 0.5%
Education 3%
Other 5%

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