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Reviews 349 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: jDont have much experience with it.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Hard to find what you want sometimes.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not sure because I don thave much experience with it.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Clean and good equipment mostly

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Hard sometimes but mostly good

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I don't know the exact percentage, but there are a great number of international and ethnic students at Macalester. On my floor alone, it's at least 25% international students. I'm friends with people from several countries and know a great deal more. Walking across campus, I hear different languages spoken around me. There are all gender bathrooms across campus, in all the buildings, and an all gender floor is offered for a living option on campus. People are incredibly accepting of diversity, something that is facilitated by all the opportunities to learn about other cultures, countries, or ways of life.

5 College Freshman

Academics: For a small liberal arts school, the course, major, and minor offerings at Macalester are amazing. Students can be pre-law or pre-med, can major in computer science or Gender and Sexuality Studies. Most classes are capped at under 20 students, while the larger lecture classes are capped under 30. The class offerings change from semester to semester, ensuring there will always be something new or interesting to take that will meet requirements at the same time. Students can take a course knowing that the professors will be engaging and encourage discussions and such. My experience thus far has been positive, with professors who want their students to succeed and are always ready to answer questions and provide a center for discussion.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security visibly patrol campus at all hours and have regular office hours as well as a 24 hour number students can call. As far as health goes, there is a health center on campus which is available to all students are fairly accessible hours. My experience with the health center has been a pleasant experience thus far. The nurse I met with was very personable and helpful with what I needed, giving me her email and helping to follow up and ensure I had what I needed. The campus security is vocal where security and such is concerned, and if or when incidents occur, whether on or off (near) campus, they are sure to post memos and send out emails and such to everyone on campus. I feel safe walking across campus, and when I've left campus, I've felt safe in the area surrounding Macalester.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms can be small (mine is great!) but everything from singles to quads are available. The dorms are close to classes, which makes life easier when running late, and close to food. (Let's be honest, it's a small campus, the dorms are close to everything). The only downsides can be the bathrooms, as there aren't options for those (you've got to use what you've got). The rooms' temperature is well regulated and such, which is nice when considering the MN winters. Overall, I'm satisfied with my dorm experience so far.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love Macalester so far. It's a very diverse place where I can interact and be exposed to many different cultures and nationalities. There are countless extracurricular activities one can get involved in - sports, theater, music, dance, clubs, student government, etc. - and I have taken advantage to the fullest extent my free time allows. I play hockey and joined the rugby team, am participating in mock trial and the gaming society. At Macalester, I have found that I can explore anything that interests me, regardless of how different or obscure the activities, and find support from my peers. The classes are varied and engaging, with many topics offered from semester to semester. The variety keeps the learning experiences interesting, therefore keeping me engaged with the material. On top of what the school offers, the location is superb. It's located close to nearly everything students could need or want, as well as cultural opportunities being a mere bus or train ride away - the school is located in St. Paul. But despite being in a city, the school's location in an upscale neighborhood gives it the feeling of someplace smaller, more immersed with nature. The campus is gorgeous (my opinion) - the trees are brightly colored in the fall and flowers bloom in the spring. When the sky is a bright blue and the wind is blowing, the air can feel so fresh... it's lovely.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Always feel safe, good security, safe spaces for all

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Courses are excellent, professors are generally great and accessible, though there are a few outliers. Class sizes always good, good variety of courses and styles

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Good prospects if you are active and take advantage

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are not created equal; Dupre is rough, Doty is ok and Turck is way nicer. Bigelow is rough, Wallace is ok, GDD is the nicest. Costly. Hectic housing process

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are cute but not a big deal. Great gym facility open to everyone

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great but one negative is cost of tuition. Diverse student body and challenging classes, niche for everyone

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Campus banned smoking put people still do it.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Small school small parties same people. Eventually get bored and tired (me, at least). First years tend to be a little crazy and try to be all hardcore. Some gatherkngs may be more exclusive than others, say athlete parties but if you don't mind the cross contamination inthise circles, go for it. But really, it's a small, small school. I suggestyou make some friends off campus or at the U who can get access into frat parties and the like if you're into that.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Nothing around campus. You'll have to take public transit into downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul to find some decent nightlife actvities.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school's largely white. A good number of so spaces for students of color/minorities/etc. There's a good number of international students as well, Mac being so small and all as well (5-600ish per class). International people of color tend to outnumber American pocs.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors are very passionate about what they teach. Recommend talking to other students who have taken some courses by certain profs. Class sizes are always mostly small.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Apparently Macalester spews out many students onto graduate school so something's goin on right.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing guarenteed all four years. In my case, it's more practical and cheaper versus renting, though rates are pretty good around the area ($300-600) if that's you're things. Required to live on campus your first two years. Turck has the best freshman dorms. Doty's good too, perhaps the rooms may be a bit bigger than Turck, but Turck has niceR bathrooms :p (newly renovated) Dupre is the worst but its "great sense of community" makes up for it and people say they get use to the very very tiny showers that are dimly lit a dupringles. There's also specialty housings like language houses, and other stuff, but you can look that up yourself if you're really interested.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Academically, it's great. Very challenging and difficult compared to other schools. Sets you up pretty well for grad school, if that's your thing. A lot of alumni networks and resources. Very generous financial aid. Small classes and pretty convenient. Socially, not for me. Feels like a bubble. You may not know everyone, but their faces will all (or at most) become pretty familiar to you. The school's also quite liberal, but it's still largely white. They'realso very gender/sexual orientation progressive moreso than other areas.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Pretty nice to be in a community of fellow students but could be more space.

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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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