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Macalester College

Saint Paul, MN


4-year • Private • Small • Urban
90% graduation rate
$31K average per year after aid
Sat range
Macalester College is a small, 4-year, private liberal arts college. This coed college is located in a large city in an urban setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers bachelor's degrees.
From the Institution
Macalester College is one of very few selective liberal arts colleges located in the heart of a major metropolitan area. The campus sits within a friendly residential neighborhood, surrounded by restaurants, coffee houses, bike paths, and bookstores. Students who thrive at Macalester are curious, highly motivated, serious about their academic pursuits, and supportive of each other; choosing collective success over competition. The demanding academic program and commitments to internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society are amplified by Macalester's location in the Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Being in a metropolitan area allows courses and internships to partner with organizations including nonprofits, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. Small class sizes allow for a rich experience with strong faculty partnerships, individual attention, and meaningful connections with classmates from more than 90 countries and all 50 states. Contributing to lasting friendships and a sense of community, there are over 100 student organizations available. These groups reflect the diverse interests of students, ranging from outdoor adventures, gaming, politics, and Quiz Bowl, to rocketry, slam poetry, and ultimate frisbee. Macalester has 19 varsity athletic teams as well as club and intramural sports. More than 60% of students study abroad for 15 weeks or longer, immersing themselves in another culture and widening their global perspective. Macalester provides a financial aid package meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for every student. The United Nations flag has flown over campus since 1950, symbolizing Macalester's commitment to world peace and understanding.
College Board Code
Application Types Accepted
Common Application, Online through college's own website, Other
Religious Affiliation
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Fee Waiver Info
Available to all qualified students. Visit the college website for details.

Important Dates

Dates are subject to change so confirm important deadlines by visiting the college’s website.

January 15
Regular Application Due
January 22
Financial Aid Application Due

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