Macalester College

371 reviews
  1. Saint Paul, MN
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B+
Macalester College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Presbyterian
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Midwest Conference
Address
1600 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Macalester College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
36%
SAT Range
1270-1465
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$27,999/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,041/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,447/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,833/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,111/ year
  • $110k+
    $37,786/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
96%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.28 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.27 responses
30%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.27 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,045Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Socially Aware
    54%
  • Pretentious
    23%
  • Outspoken
    15%
  • Smart but kind of snobby
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.21 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.36 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Internationally focused and deep thinking
    67%
  • Bubble
    7%
  • Creme dela creme
    7%
  • Intelligent and diverse thinkers
    7%
  • Quirky and intelligent, but militant and snobby
    7%
  • Think broadly and deeply
    7%

After Macalester College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
90%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses

Reviews

371 reviews
  • Excellent
    59
  • Very Good
    164
  • Average
    126
  • Poor
    14
  • Terrible
    8
Sometimes it can be harder to find parties, but when you live in the first-year dorms, it's pretty easy - just follow the noise. People are generally really welcome and inviting at parties. A lot of groups (clubs, teams, classes, any kind of defined group) at Macalester have themed progressives that include scheduled themed stops. These are very open and inviting to members of a group and a good way to bond with people on the weekends or outside of an academic setting. On top of that, you don't need to drink to go on progressives or go to parties in general! There's very little pressure to do so if you don't want to. Off-campus house parties are usually pretty cool and fun. Sometimes they can get pretty loud, but unlike at some other schools, I've never heard of the police being called or the hosts of a party kicking people out for illegitimate reasons. On-campus parties in dorm rooms occasionally get busted, but the punishments are pretty lenient. In my opinion, the noise levels on-campus can get pretty loud without having to worry about getting in trouble.
  • College Sophomore
  • Apr 17 2015
Food at Mac is great. I think it's of very high quality! There's always fresh fruit at every meal! There are lots of vegetarian and gluten free options. Don't really know about vegan, as I'm not a vegan. Tons of options at lunch, a little less during dinner. There seem to be less options on Friday and Saturday nights, and the cafeteria has weird shortened hours for Saturday dinner. The hardest part for me is balancing the number meal swipes I do each week with the amount of flex points I spend. All first-years have to be on the full meal plans, which is only meal swipes, so that's not something you'll have to deal with at first!
  • College Sophomore
  • Apr 17 2015
The twin cities are awesome! It's really great to be able to have the liberal arts experience but in a metropolitan area with so much going on. There are frequently concerts and other events to go to and theres always the opportunity to just explore the cities and more permanent attractions.

The Mac-Groveland neighborhood is super safe and comfortable. There's lots of little streets to walk through the neighborhood (doing this in the fall is the best!) and Grand Ave. has most everything you could need super close by (little shops, food, coffee, etc.)
  • College Freshman
  • Nov 6 2014