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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.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: People come from all over the world to Mac. Everyone is very open to learning about others here. All this provides different viewpoints in classrooms which is extremely beneficial.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The student body is very accepting of everybody except for republicans. It is hard to be a Republican and have a voice on campus. The LGBTQ community however is the most accepted and diverse community!

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: As a student of color I feel very accepted on the Macalester campus; Macalester is undoubtedly a very accepting and tolerant environment. I have met a lot of other students of color as well, much to my delight. Although I do feel comfortable on campus and find that people are very open-minded, Macalester is still dominated by white students and domestic diversity is severely lacking; I noticed this quickly as I am a domestic student of color. Although I still wish there were more students of color there are enough so that I feel comfortable and welcomed.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Very diverse ethnically and racially but economically and politically we are not. Very very few working class students. Most students are not conservative. When you are one of a few in the minority, you can feel like an outcast despite how accepting the school is.

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Shockingly, Macalester College is one of the most internationally-inclined schools in the state of Minnesota and even in the Midwest. Stepping onto campus and making friends is an instant ticket to a global perspective, since Macalester students hail from 87 different countries and every state in the Union. Many students branch out of their initial comfort zone and end up becoming lifelong friends with people from around the world, with numerous reports of running into other Macalester alumni on their travels after graduation.

With that being said, students won’t feel like they’re going to another country when they get to campus; although the student body creates a mini-global community, Macalester is still firmly rooted in Twin Cities culture. Professors tout the significance of diversity on campus, sometimes placing more emphasis on it than truly necessary. However diverse Macalester may seem, white students do make up the majority of the community. Macalester also prides itself in being one of the most gay-friendly campuses in the nation. With a very prominent, proactive Queer Union and similar organizations in the surrounding community, Macalester has proven itself to be very open and accepting of students of all genders and sexual orientations. This openness has extended to the availability of dorms for students wishing to be in All-Gender Housing, with no divide between coeds living quarters. Overall, Macalester shines as a beacon of diversity in a state that screams white-bread, European ancestry.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 48%
22-24: 6%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 4%
Native American: 1%
White: 79%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The gay community is widely accepted on campus. There are many openly homosexual students, and discrimination of any kind is unquestionably taboo.
Political Activity
Macalester students take pride in being politically aware and vocal. The one group that students would be hard-pressed to spot would be the far-right conservatives. Macalester's political pendulum has swung both left and right in the past, depending on the nation's political climate; however, it seems that students have leaned toward the left in recent years.
Economic Status
Macalester draws students from a variety of states and countries, so everybody comes from a relatively different economic background. While Macalester is expensive and does bring in a good amount of students from wealthy families, the College has a very generous financial aid policy, which allows for more economic diversity on campus. In fact, 70 percent of Mac students are on some type of financial aid.
Most Common Religions
While there is a multifaith chapel on campus and several religion-based student groups, there is no single popular religion at Macalester.
Minority Clubs on Campus
A number of active minority clubs exist on campus, and if you don't find what you need, you can always start a club of your own.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 19 responses

  • 21% Progressive/very liberal
  • 32% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 5% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 19 responses

  • 79% Progressive/very liberal
  • 21% Liberal
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 18 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 18 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 19 responses

  • 68% Very accepting.
  • 32% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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