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Reviews 583 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love off-campus dining! There are so many options nearby, and a ton of variety! There are all sorts of different ethnic restaurants and it's never hard to find something new to try!

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are so many great things about this school! Everyone is very friendly and accepting, and the urban location is great! There are also so many activities to do on weekends, and very few students leave, so there are many different people to hang out with on weekends! Academics are tough though, and sometimes it's hard not to become overly stressed about school work. I feel like the campus is generally too serious about academics.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's a lot of diversity in terms of race, religion, nationality, etc., but students seem to be pretty homogeneous when it comes to political beliefs and upbringing. The vast majority of kids seem to come from middle-to-upper class suburbs, though there are some who come from cities, and a few who come from rural areas.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: While Macalester students are typically intelligent and quite attractive, the pretentiousness and social ignorance is disgusting. In addition, most Macalester students are hypersensitive to their own and other people's feelings and thoughts and are therefore socially awkward. Online dating is a necessary tool.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Macalester is located a short bus trip away from the Mall of America...

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation system is not perfect, but it is definitely accessible.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Students are required to live on-campus for their first two years at Macalester. Housing is occasionally advertised in the daily electronic newspaper.

College Freshman

Parking: I do not know. I do not have a car, as cars are not allowed for first-year students.

1 College Freshman

Weather: Minnesota weather is not for the weak! DO NOT come here if you cannot handle the cold!

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are kind, humorous and engaging. The workload is manageable if one budgets their time. There are numerous opportunities for volunteering, jobs, and internships both encouraged on and off campus.

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College Freshman

Nightlife: I have not attended a student hosted party on campus. However, there are definitely many opportunities to go if one is interested. They can also be easily avoided (as in my case) if one does not wish to partake.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Macalester's selling point is that it is an institution with great cultural and ethnic diversity, but that is most definitely not the case.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Macalester is a D-3 college. We have wonderful athletic facilities and the athletes do not fit the "jock" stereotype.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a number of places to try that surround the campus. Macalester is located in a suburban area of a city and transport into food-diverse areas is convenient.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Recently, there have been several robberies on or around campus. They have been committed by people who are allegedly not residents of the campus.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Most of the computers on campus are Apple computers, though they boot to both Windows 7 and Mountain Lion.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are computer labs in the library, Humanities, and Dupre. They're convenient and printing is free but the printers in Dupre are often broken or out of paper. It would be inconvenient but doable not to have your own laptop. There's wifi all over campus which is usually good but varies in speed (sometimes Dupre is weak)

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Some people like the parties but I find them a little weird because it's such a small school so you either know people or see them everywhere. We haven't really tried to go off campus to the club or anything so I don't know what that's like.

1 College Freshman

Weather: I'm from California and am not used to this... just going outside hurts and they don't cancel classes for weather. I'm told that this year was unusually bad though, so it's definitely manageable if you're okay with being inside all the time.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Some dorms have computer labs with printers…otherwise, most academic buildings do, and there's plenty of room at the library.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is good, relatively inexpensive and reliable, as is the light rail. It's easy to get to downtown Minneapolis or Saint Paul, or to Rosedale Mall or Mall of America, but not as easy to get further from the cities without using Hourcar or borrowing someone's. Snow and extremely cold weather are also factors in off-campus ventures.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: If you get yourself off campus and on the bus, St Paul and Minneapolis are easy to get to. It just takes the extra motivation to get out of the dorm and off campus, and I think a lot of students don't take advantage of those opportunities as much as they may think they will when they first come to Mac.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great sense of hall community.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of places to eat up and down Grand Ave, and Domino's and Jimmy John's will deliver to the dorms in the middle of the night...


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Tatiana Craine
Eden Prairie, MN
English with emphasis on Creative Writing
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Most students at Macalester find their experience near-perfect, though the sentiment varies at times. Sure, there are lots of stressful periods during school, but there are just as many irreplaceable and amazing memories, too. Everyone is encouraged by other students and faculty members to explore the zenith of their potential while attending school. This support network creates an amazingly tight-knit community in which students thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

Macalester doesn’t offer the rowdiness and chaos that big university party scenes do, nor does it offer the anonymity of sitting in the back of a 200-person lecture hall. Yet, it's the College's modest atmosphere that's exactly the type of environment that Macalester students thrive in. Small class sizes offer students the intimate individual attention they need to excel in their chosen courses, and a party scene that flares up mostly on the weekends makes going out a special occasion that students appreciate more. Students are accountable for quality work, which ultimately leads to a better understanding of their chosen major and foundation for the world ahead. Professors' willingness and desire to offer their students the best classes and resources available are unparalleled. The friendships and relationships that students form with other students and faculty turn out to be priceless. You meet someone from a country halfway around the world and bond with them like you’ve known them forever. Over four years, this is indispensable to students’ well-being during school and their preparation for social life outside of the “Macalester Bubble.”

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