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Macalester College
St. Paul, MN
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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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,146
   Women 1,280 (59.6%)
   Men 866 (40.4%)
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 37% of 5,946 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 687 average
630-750 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 681 average
630-740 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 30 average
29-33 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $64,595
  Tuition and Fees $50,639
  Room and Board $11,266
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $43,701
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 180
Regular Class Size 2-9 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 Population 290,770
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 61% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Scot
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 Students 14.9% from 66 countries
First-Year Students Returning 93.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 84.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 64%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 14.0%