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Founded in 1874, Macalester College. is a Private college. Located in Minnesota, which is a city setting in Minnesota, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 2,146 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The Macalester College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 191 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Macalester College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered More Selective, with ,24% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 9 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
100% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 94% were in the top quarter, and 70% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Macalester College.
58 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.
34 Students rated off-campus housing 3.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
58 Students rated campus food 3.8 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.
58 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.
58 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 62 % gave the school a 5.0.
58 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.
58 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.
58 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.
9 Students rated Macalester College
It is fine. My high school academics were more challenging and more group focused. I don’t mind challenging work however I don’t really like all the excessive “non-challenging” work. What I am saying is there is a lot of paperwork, that is rather simple, but takes a lot of time because of the volume and a student has to complete it since a lot of your class grade is based on completion. Low value intellectually.
Some of the professors as people and in class are great.
Also if you are a “sports” person - look somewhere else. The facilities are limited and shared across sports so gym time is limited to practices. Also the coaching staff, although maybe technically competent, are young and challenged in leadership and team building. In my opinion, coaches are focused on the wrong things for a small D3 school in the MIAC. And they make promises to get students interested that they don’t keep.
I love Macalester. My professors are some of the most supportive and yet challenging people I have ever met. The opportunities (academic, extracurricular, etc.) I have been presented with are so much more than I have ever had in my life. The friends I have made here are people I believe I will love and learn from for the rest of my life.
Macalester College is such a great school. Professors are always available and are very helpful to students. Everyone on campus seems to get along with each other and coming to Mac is one of the best decisions I've ever made. It's located in a great neighborhood, many students from all over the country and outside the country, and academic excellence.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Macalester College is 37%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
My classmates seem to be perfectly content to be students and never get a job for the rest of their lives.
Professors make an effort to not only know students' names but get to know the people behind them. Classes are generally small and discussion-based, though this depends on the department and course. My favorite classes have been topics courses like "French Cinema and Cultural Politics", "Race, Class, and Gender in American Art" and "Imagining the American West." Perhaps the most I have learned, however, is from conversations outside of class with other students both spurred by class and not.
That we are extremely liberal, gay and hippies.
There are a huge variety of people at Macalester, so for every stereotype of a Macalester student there is surely at least one on campus. However, overall what I like about Macalester students is that each has his or her own passion- whether that be environmental justice, DDR, or painting- and loves to explore and pursue that passion.
My favorite things about Macalester:
-it is in a city with a lot to do: art museums, music, bike trails, theater, but in an area of the city that feels "collegy"
-Focus on internationalism and diversity through student body, classroom discussion and readings, etc
-Students who are passionate, interested in learning, enjoy discussion
Dorms are the center of life for the first two years because everyone is required to live in them, and people in the dorm become quite close. At 2 am on a Tuesday most people are doing homework (or sleeping) but with the knowledge that they can chat with their neighbor once in awhile who is also working. In terms of activities, there really is a great diversity. Many people are in MIO (Macalester International Organization) or on the Legislative Board, on Model UN or other organizations, I can't really say there is any sort of hierarchy because people find what they like and everyone respects the different choices of individuals.
Once you have gone through the books and talked to people about schools, it's important to realize and keep in mind that there isn't one perfect school for everyone. Once you narrow it down a bit, you will more than likely be able to find people you like, classes you want, and activities you enjoy at a variety of schools, so don't stress out about finding that one place. The same goes for when you get to school. Try a lot of different activities, try to meet as many people as you can, step out of your comfort zone, and just focus on learning and discovering yourself.
My school is incredibly diverse. We are one of the most international schools in the country. We also do not stress competition and the curriculum is highly adaptive to whatever you want to study.
liberal, academically telented, driven, global
Macalester taught me how to think. That is, to constantly engage critically with my surroundings, and to be able to express my ideas about the world both verbally and in written form. What could be more important?
Kofi Annan former secretary general of the United Nations is an Alumnus of my school
Macalester College is supportive, state-of-the-art, and generally well organized set on a small, pretty campus.
My school is best know for our acedemic excellence and our very liberal thinking as well as our strive for a global perspective.
people who want a diverse group of people in terms of values and opinions
lack of intellectual diversity
Don't let people intimidate you - you'll gain their respect more by being yourself and saying what you believe than keeping quiet for fear of sounding stupid. Also, there will be some truly weird people, and they will be the school mascots, darlings, and legends, and know all the best parties. Get to know them. Be careful of making emphatic statements like, 'I will never,' or, 'I will always,' because before too long you will probably find yourself going against them, and it's less injurous to your pride if you allow for such an occurance.
Mac is filled with a lot of lip-service liberals, people who don't put their money where their mouths are.
Most Macalester College students are well informed of current events and have a commitment to social justice. To paint in very broad strokes, were a heterogenous group of well informed hippies.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
83% of students
attending Macalester College receive some sort of financial aid.
15% were awarded federal grants.
While 45% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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