Macalester College

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Macalester College
Office of Admissions
1600 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

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Programs and Degrees Offered


Macalester has been preparing students for world citizenship and providing an integrated international education for over six decades. The college challenges students to consider ideas from multiple perspectives, to be responsible global citizens and to forge solutions to problems that the world faces today and will encounter tomorrow. Macalester students come from every state and over 90 countries for an academic program ranked among the top 20 in the nation. They also benefit from the opportunity to learn in an international community with faculty who love to teach,  a location that offers broad accessible research and internship opportunities, plus a friendly neighborhood. Most students study abroad for a semester, and graduates reap the benefits of a global education in the job market and at the nation's top graduate programs.

Macalester College at a glance


  • Undergraduate: 2,073

Student distribution

  • Domestic students: 76% White, 8% Asian, 7% Hispanic, 6% multiracial, 3% Black, <1% American Indian/Alaska Native, <1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, excludes race/ethnicity unknown
  • International students are 14% of total enrollment


  • Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
  • Average class size: 17
  • Number undergraduate majors: 38

First-year student profile

  • Average ACT score: The middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 28 and 32; 56% of students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
  • Average SAT score: The middle 50% ranges were 630-735 for math, 640-730 for reading (excludes students for whom English is not their first language) and 640-720 for writing (excludes students for whom English is not their first language); 58% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
  • Percentage from Minnesota: 12%
  • Percentage who live on campus: 100%


  • 2015-16 undergraduate tuition and fees: $48,887
  • Room and board: $10,874
  • Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial-aid: 73%

Religious affiliation

  • None


Degrees offered

Bachelor of Arts

View a list of all majors and degrees or Macalester's detailed program information.

5 largest majors:
  • Biology
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • International Studies


180 full time, 68 part time; 94% of full-time faculty members hold the doctorate or highest degree in their field

Student/faculty ratio


Average class size


Accreditation & approval

North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Pre-professional programs

  • 3-3 architecture
  • 3-2 engineering
  • Law
  • Medical fields

Intercampus agreement

  • Students may take one course per term at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with the approval of the Registrar's Office.
  • The Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) is a partnership with Augsburg College, St. Catherine University, Hamline University, Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas. The partnership allows students to register for courses at the other colleges.

Honors program

Students of exceptionally high achievement are invited to undertake a special project of independent research or creative work in their senior year. Their work is evaluated by a small committee of faculty with special expertise in the field of the student's work.

Study abroad programs

Most Macalester students study abroad for at least one semester before graduating. Last year Mac students studied abroad on 134 programs going to 52 countries (not including the United States), on every continent except Antarctica. In addition, 20% of Macalester students hold citizenship in another country with a total of 95 countries represented in the student body, making Macalester one of the most global campuses in the nation. Graduates reap the benefits of a global education in the job market and at top graduate programs.

Internships/career services

At more than 230 sites in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and around the country, Macalester students apply and acquire knowledge in active professional roles with organizations in the nonprofit, government or private sectors. By graduation, nearly 78% of all Macalester students report having completed at least one internship, with the majority done for academic credit.

Admission & cost


Online application:

Admissions tests required: ACT or SAT

Application deadlines: Early Decision I: Nov. 15; Early Decision II: Jan. 1; Regular Decision: Jan. 15

Application fee: $40 (waived if Part 1 is submitted by Nov. 15)

Advanced placement credit

Advanced placement and appropriate credit may be granted to incoming first-year students on the basis the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations or the Higher Level Examinations of the International Baccalaureate Program for courses completed in high school. Credit will be considered for scores of 3, 4 or 5 on APs Exams and 5, 6, or 7 on IB Exams. Students should request that scores be sent directly to Macalester. More information

Transfer criteria (credits, GPA):

Students must complete at least one full semester as a full-time, degree-seeking student at another college before applying. No more than the equivalent of 64 semester hours may be transferred. A GPA of 3.33 or higher is desired.

Transfer process (deadlines and materials)

Fall Deadline: Apr. 15, Spring Deadline: Oct. 29. Applicants use the Common Application for Transfer Students.


2015-16 undergraduate tuition and fees: $48,887

Room and board: $10,874

Percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 73%

Financial aid information

Each admitted student receives a financial aid package that meets 100% of his or her demonstrated need for financial aid. Two out of three Macalester students receive need-based financial assistance. The average financial aid award for full-time students in 2014-15 was $40,694. Grants and scholarships made up 84% of the average financial aid package. 

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Student involvement

Student organizations

More than 100 student organizations including:

  • Academic clubs
  • Communications and publications organizations
  • National honor societies
  • Special interest groups
  • Religious groups
  • Speech
  • Theatre arts organizations

Athletic programs

Conference membership

  • NCAA Division III
  • Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)
  • Midwest Conference (football only)

Men's varsity

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field (indoor and outdoor)

Women's varsity

  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field (indoor and outdoor)
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo


  • 3-on-3
  • 5-on-5
  • Basketball

  • Dodgeball
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Ultimate Frisbee (indoor and outdoo)

Club sports

  • Crew
  • Hockey (ice)
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Skiing (Nordic)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water polo

Fine arts offerings

  • Musical performance: 9 ensembles 2 combos associated with music programs
  • Theater: 250 students participate in 4-5 productions per year with themes suggested by students
  • Dance: 150 students participate in two productions per year with themes suggested by students

Student organizations

  • Art Alliance
  • Art History Club
  • Bad Comedy
  • Flying Fingers
  • Fresh Concepts
  • Bodacious hip hop dance team
  • Visceral hip hop dance team
  • Mac Players
  • Macalester Traditions (Trads)
  • Scotch Tape and Sirens
  • Medicinal Melodies

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