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Location
Saint Paul, MN
Undergrads
2,035
Tuition
$43,693
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Junior

Facilities: The athletic center is very new and the art/music building just opened and they are state of the art! I love the designs and the number of rooms available for studying.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: The facilities are great and in a great area for food, social events, sporting events, and internships. I have already had two internships just .5-5 miles away from campus. The chemistry department and psychology department are phenomenal because of the great faculty.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The library looks shabbier on the outside than it is on the inside, it's a great resource. Our athletic facility is breathtaking, absolutely amazing. Never packed either so you can always find time to work out or play the sports you love even without being on a team.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Beautiful campus, nice people, everyone gets along, wonderful international center aimed at tailoring to a global education.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Great new athletic and music facilities. Dinning hall is nice but a bit small for the size of the student body.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 100th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 198th
    Best Student Centers
  • 455th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 718th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 807th
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tatiana Craine
Hometown
Eden Prairie, MN
Major
English with emphasis on Creative Writing
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The Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center serves as the main meeting place on campus. This $18.5 million building has a series of conference rooms, study areas, computers, lecture halls, the Highlander Store, the student lounge (equipped with pingpong tables, a movie viewing area, a popcorn machine, and a pool table), Café Mac, and the student post office. Students can go to the information desk for more details about everything from public transportation and making reservations for on-campus events to discounted student tickets for Twin Cities theaters and signing up for outings sponsored by Program Board.

Macalester also boasts a state-of-the-art athletics and wellness complex called the Leonard Center, though more playfully called "the Nard" and "the LenCen." This $45 million building spans 175,000 square feet and has everything a student athlete could dream of. The Leonard Center has weight-lifting facilities, a natatorium, a 200-meter track, dance practice rooms, and basketball/volleyball courts. There are even saunas to sweat out all of the toxins built up from the weekend. The Leonard Center is also home of Scotty’s (a juice and snack bar), several gathering areas, and the Health and Wellness Center. In terms of other facility perks, the Humanities Building has the Humanities Resource Center (HRC), with plenty of computers and listening rooms, and Media Services, which rents out films and other media equipment like cameras, microphones, and recorders. Olin-Rice, the science building at Macalester, has state-of-the-art scientific equipment and a huge collection of biology and geology specimens for students to study and use for experimentation. There is also a giant wind turbine behind Olin-Rice that supplies some of the energy used to power the building.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
51
Campus Size
53 acres
Student Centers
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
DeWitt Wallace Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Bateman Plaza: quad, tables outside of the campus center
  • Café Mac Grille
  • The campus center (namely the student lounge)
  • Dorm quad
  • Janet Wallace courtyard
  • Library
  • Shaw Field
  • Swing set outside of the Leonard Center
Bar on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
None
Movie Theater on Campus
The John B. Davis Lecture Hall located in the basement of the campus center regularly serves as the campus movie theater. There is also a TV room upstairs in the campus center. Additional film viewing rooms are available in the Humanities Building.
"Green" Initiatives
The campus is pretty active when it comes to green issues. The College even has the Sustainable Scots Newsletter, a biweekly email that keeps students up-to-date with sustainable happenings on campus.
School Slang
  • The LenCen: Leonard Center
  • The Nard: Leonard Center
Traditions
  • Bagpipes: If you live on campus, you're bound to startle from sleep one early morning to the sound of bagpipes. You know there's a special occasion at Macalester when you hear the unmistakable sound of the bagpipes playing. Macalester's Scottish heritage is made all too apparent when you look outside and see the kilted bagpipe players themselves.
  • Christmas Candlelight Service: Every year during the holiday season, students, faculty, staff, and members of the Mac-Groveland community gather in the chapel for a night of special readings, carols, and seasonal music. Holiday treats are served at the end of the service.
  • Founders Day: Founders Day is a community-wide celebration of the anniversary of when the College was founded.
  • Nudity: Although there is no official tradition involving nudity, Macalester students tend to streak. The Primal Scream, for example, takes place during finals week. Be careful about joining in on this unofficial tradition, however; Macalester's administration has been taking disciplinary action against streakers.
  • Opening Convocation: This beautiful ceremony that takes place before classes every fall features a display of flags from the many countries that Macalester students represent. This is a great welcome to college for first-year students.
  • Queer Cabaret: Queer Cabaret is an event thrown by the Queer Union.
  • Sophomore Fiesta: At the beginning of the school year, sophomores are invited to attend a feast in the Smail Gallery. Live music and great catered food from local Mexican restaurants make this a good opportunity to socialize, learn who's actually in your class, and grab a delicious, free meal.
  • Spring Fest: Every year in April, students gather on the spacious and grassy Shaw Field for a day of concerts and relaxation. Aside from great local and national acts that play Spring Fest, special features include a Beer Garden for students 21-and-up, a moonwalk, and other carnival attractions.
Urban Legends
  • A short-lived fight club was started in Dupre Hall, only to be thwarted by "The Man" (Macalester College Security).
  • An actor on the show "ALF" is an alumnus of Macalester.
  • Bob Mould, guitarist/vocalist of the band Hüsker Dü, tried to hang himself in the basement of Bigelow Hall.
  • Dupre Hall was built to withstand both hurricanes and riots.
  • Macalester's football team once held the title of "worst college football team" in the nation.
  • Playboy Magazine listed Macalester as one of the least attractive colleges in the country.
  • The single rooms in Dupre are smaller than juvenile detention cells.
Favorite Things To Do
Students enjoy: catching lectures in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, seeing theater and dance performances on the Janet Wallace Main Stage, listening to student concerts in the music department, hearing slam poetry and student performance groups in 10K, and sitting out on the lawn.
Student Newspaper
The Mac Weekly
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 80 student organizations available on campus, so there's definitely something for everyone. Also, creating your own organization is a piece of cake! There's no reason not to get involved in an extracurricular group on campus, since they're all so inviting, influential, and fun.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Symphony orchestra
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 22 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 30% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 44% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 26% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 22 responses

  • 9% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 45% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 41% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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