Macalester College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Saint Paul, MN
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Large city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
37 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • The beautiful campus/fast walks to class
  • Good food in the cafeteria
  • Friendly people/professors with a sense of humor
  • Spring Fest

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Cramped and sweaty parties in small dorm rooms
  • Minnesota's extreme weather-freezing cold or scorching hot walks to class
  • Limited on-campus housing for upperclassmen
  • Outdated athletic facilities

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.”

Macalester Student Reviews

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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.

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...


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