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Reviews 364 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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