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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.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Macalester students are caring and quirky. Lots of hipsters, down to earth athletes, social justice activists, etc. Lots of diversity among the student body with students from all over the world.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People here are very smart. It is easy to strike up an intellectual conversation with anyone. However, it's really mostly athletes that are attractive. There are a few "hipster-types" that dress and look great though.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Can't speak too much about the guys but everyone at Macalester seems to take some pride in the way they present themselves. Everyone is really casual though in conversation. Plenty of attractive people on campus.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Although the average Mac student doesn't look like someone on a magazine cover, there are many physically attractive people on campus. Macalester students seem to be genuinely less absorbed in how their peers look and more interested in who they are.

That being said, there's an unfortunate Mac 'hook-up' scene, usually stemming from Kagin dances on weekends.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 57th
    Smartest Girls
  • 69th
    Smartest Guys
  • 105th
    Friendliest Guys
  • 116th
    Most Creative/Artsy Guys
  • 184th
    Most Creative/Artsy Girls

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tatiana Craine
Eden Prairie, MN
English with emphasis on Creative Writing
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The moment students arrive on campus for orientation, the always-entertaining and much-dreaded rumor snakes its way through the dorms: “You will meet your spouse here.” Sure, there’s a factoid from some unknown source that more than half of Macalester’s alumni will marry another Mac alum. With that being said, don’t spend class and party time wondering if that cutie in the corner will be "the one," but also be careful not to shirk the possibility that he or she might actually be "the one." Students at Macalester, fascinated as they are by that phantom statistic, live in the moment and don’t really pay attention to it after a while.

Guys and girls alike, regardless of sexual orientation or gender, are generally down to explore their romantic options at Macalester. At such a small school with so many like-minded individuals, everyone should be able to find a little something-something, whether it’s a random hookup, a steady relationship, a complicated affair, or even a lifelong friendship. In most cases, students discover themselves in a combination of these relationships with those around them. When looking for friends or romantic buddies, don’t be afraid to jump around the different classes. Mac students are usually universally open to meeting new and interesting people regardless of age differences. As long as maturity levels and interests are similar, the possibility of forming a connection with an older student on campus is pretty high, with all of the courses and extracurricular activities available, allowing the different classes to mix.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Condoms are free at Winton Health Services. Brochures discussing all forms of birth control options are readily available, too. Private counseling and referrals regarding birth control are available on campus. Students may also order anonymous Safer Sex Kits to be delivered to their SPO box. Plan B emergency contraception (EC), also known as "the morning-after pill," is also available at Winton Health Services. Female students must speak with the Associate Director of Health Services prior to receiving the pill. The cost of the pill and the visit is $28.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Café Mac
  2. Classes
  3. Date Lab through The Mac Weekly
  4. Dorms
  5. House/dorm parties
  6. Kagin dances
  7. Online
  8. Student organizations
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Dorms
  2. Laundry rooms
  3. Outside. Though our campus lives under a blanket of snow for much of the year, when it's autumn or spring-love is in the air. The perfect place for a kiss? Under the canopy of trees and starry skies in the quad.
  4. Parties
  5. Study rooms
Social Scene
Macalester is such a small school that by the end of freshman year, students have seen and will facially recognize just about everyone around campus. Most times, students are more than willing to wave and smile at one another on their way to and from different campus locales, but beware-after a while, greeting everyone you know on campus can get exhausting. Don't be discouraged when that hottie from last weekend's rager is hiding under some headphones and hater-blockers (sunglasses)-he is probably just saving himself the obligation of saying hi to someone every four seconds.
Hookups or Relationships?
Macalester offers the best and worst in both hookups (random and regular) and relationships. Lots of students get those googly eyes from someone they want to be with for an extended period of time, and oftentimes these relationships work out well. Lots of other students don't go down the path of being "college married" and opt for short relationships or hooking up with several people during their time at Macalester. However, one of the main upsides and downsides to random hookups is that Macalester is so small that it's inevitable that all people involved will see each other around campus-which is great if things went well, but less so when things go sour.
Dress Code
Style at Macalester is as diverse as its student population. You'll get a lot of people rolling up to class in Mac sweatshirts and jeans, but you'll get just as many students putting a lot of time and effort into their Monday morning outfits. You're going to realize that "style" and "fashion" aren't interchangeable words at Macalester, but that everyone gets to create their own unique style identity, whether they're donning short-shorts in mid-winter or cosplay outfits in the spring sun. During the past few years, a surge of indie, retro, and hipster fashions have ruled the sidewalks on campus; however, these days, with the recent influx of more student athletes, sportswear is making a comeback.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 14 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 14 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 16 responses

  • 23% None
  • 20% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 17% Casual dating at your school
  • 13% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 10% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 7% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 7% Long-distance relationship
  • 3% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 6% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 88% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 6% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
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