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Reviews 371 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Diversity: not too many domestic students of color

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Class time can sow seeds of productive thought.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Many students take initiative in the job world.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt in danger on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorm life is fun with some good friends.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gymnasium is open to all, athlete or not.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's essentially a new world to explore.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Overall a really safe campus and neighborhood.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the profs and courses at Mac so much. Super approachable and eager to help with anything. Very very intelligent people.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Social capital is abundant at Mac.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It really depends on the dorm. Some are great, some aren't.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are a lot of athletes on campus, but only the athletes pay any attention to sports. Intramurals are much more popular.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Mac! The location is great and there's a ton to do on campus and in the Cities.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is pretty average across the board. A large chunk of the dorms have sinks, which is awesome, and the options improve a lot after the first year. Also, the water pressure is amazing.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit revolving around sports teams isn't huge, but the support in between teams is great and the Leonard Center (and other athletic facilities) are fantastic.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am so far very happy with Macalester. The people are interesting and kind, the professors are almost all geniuses, and the twin cities are awesome. Would definitely recommend with sufficient financial aid, which is pretty easy to get (especially need based).

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There wasn't a huge amount of on-campus crime, but laptops and bikes were stolen fairly frequently. Nothing violent though. Security could be a pain in the butt because they take their job very seriously sometimes, but I didn't have a lot of run-ins with them.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I really enjoyed most of my classes and professors. I liked the small class size a lot, and I felt that the professors made an effort to be engaging. TAs were used only to lead study sessions or provide extra help in addition to office hours. Many professors were very available for office hours, some of the busier ones were a bit harder to get ahold of. The discussion-based format was far preferable to giant, impersonal lecture halls, and I felt like the course work was challenging and thought provoking. Grades and competition are present a little too much for my taste though.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Macalester isn't well known even though it's a near-Ivy, so it's not like you can exactly name-drop. A degree is a degree; no one actually cares where you went to undergrad. There were job and internship prospects available, but they certainly weren't ubiquitous and I didn't see many employers recruiting on campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living in Dupre my freshman year kind of sucked because the rooms are tiny, ugly, and of poor quality. Also the communal bathrooms are gross and not comfortable to be in. It is the farthest dorm from campus and can feel like a haul in the freezing Minnesota winters. There was a great social atmosphere though. I lived in Bigelow the next year, and my room was much nicer. It had a sink and cabinet, and it was a much cozier room. No one talked to each other on my floor though, but that is maybe just sophomores regardless of where they live.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: People really like clubs and intramurals there, and I think that's where a lot of the focus is. Competitive, high-profile athletics are just not really important there. The varsity teams are all DIII, and kind of suck. I played tennis, and the coach was terrible in that he put a lot of pressure on us and had high expectations when we were all really there to have fun and be part of a team. I also don't think there's a huge variety of sports to choose from.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: This is a really good school in that the academics are rigorous and interesting, and I really loved most of my professors. But it is also absurdly expensive, not particularly diverse, and kind of elitist. Also if you are not super liberal, forget about it. You won't feel very welcome. It's in a nice location with lots to do in the area, but I found myself missing things related to the outdoors. It's hard to find a park anywhere, especially if you don't have a car, and Minneapolis is kind of dirty and rough. I made a lot of great friends at Macalester and took some incredible classes, but ultimately it wasn't a good fit for me, and I'm hoping to find something a little different. It isn't a bad school though, just be prepared to be in debt for the next 30 years.

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.

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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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