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MACALESTER COLLEGE, SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA

Saint Paul, MinnesotaLOCATION
CollegeSCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1874Established Year

Macalester College: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Founded in 1874, Macalester College was established with a commitment to making one of the finest colleges in the USA. Macalester is a private liberal arts college in Saint Paul, Minnesota accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). 

Macalester College is exclusively an undergraduate four-year institution with a total enrollment of 2,098 students(Fall 2019) from 50 U.S. states, and 97 countries. Macalester College aims to provide personalized teaching experience to each of its students.

Macalester College

Rankings

  • According to the Times Higher Education rankings, Macalester College ranked 83rd in the USA for 2019 edition.
  • In Best Undergraduate Teaching rankings for 2020, Macalester College ranked #32 according to US News and World Reports.
  • In Best Value School rankings by US News and World Reports, Macalester College ranked #28 (2020).

Highlights

Year of Establishment1874
LocationSaint Paul, Minnesota
Type of institutionPrivate
Campus SettingUrban
The student to faculty ratio10:1
Students population2,074
International Student %15%
Programs offeredBachelor's degree
Acceptance rate41%
Financial aidScholarship, grant, and loans
Websitemacalester.edu

Programs/ Course offered at Macalester College

Macalester College offers only undergraduate courses. With over 800 courses offered every year, Macalester College awards Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Science degrees with several majors and minors. Language courses are also taught at Macalester College such as French, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Latin, Greek and Japanese. Social sciences, literature, biological and biomedical sciences, linguistics and psychology are a few of the popular majors offered at Macalester College.

Macalester College Campus and Residence(h3)

Macalester College is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Snelling Avenue in St. Paul. Macalester College has a vast campus including academic buildings, residential buildings, parking, Language & Special Interest Housing and All-Gender restrooms. 

Macalester College offers on-campus residence facilities to its students. The first-year residence halls are: 

  • Doty Hall
    • Only for the first-year student
    • Laundry facilities, kitchen, computer labs with wireless internet and lounge with study room and TV.
    • A bathroom on each floor
    • The first floor has a double room and all other floor has a double and three single room
  • Dupre Hall
    • Has facilities such as laundry, kitchen, computer labs with 24 internet access and lounge with study room, TV and DVD player
    •  All floor has four bathroom 
    • Meal plans are required for all residents.houses over 260 first-year and sophomore students
  • Bigelow Hall
    • Computer labs with internet access, kitchen, lounge, and laundry facilities are available
    • Basement rooms are for male and the first floor are for female students only with separate washroom and other floor rooms are co-gen
    • houses over 110 students of the first year and sophomore students
  • Turck Hall
    • Houses around 180 first-year students
    • The residence hall has double rooms on all floors with an additional triple room on the first floor.

For students who want to live off-campus can choose off-campus affordable student housing options. Macalester College provides a listing of the house available for rent for all students who want to live off-campus.

Macalester College Application Process

Where to Apply: For admissions at Macalester College, students can fill the admission application online through the Common Application.

Application Fee: 40 USD (non-refundable)

Application Deadline:

ApplicationDeadline
Early decision INovember 15
Early decision IIJanuary 1
Regular DecisionJanuary 15

Admission Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Academic transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Test scores of standardized exams to study in the USA
  • English proficiency scores
  • Certification of Finances
  • Copy of Passport

Cost of Attendance

The estimated annual tuition and fee for Macalester College has been tabulated below: 

ExpensesAnnual Fee (in USD)
Tuition56,062
Room6,762
Board5,830
Activity Fee230
Total68,884

Financial Aid and Scholarships

From merit scholarships for academic excellence to need-based aid for financial assistance, two out of three international students at Macalester College received some kind of financial assistance. For the academic year of 2017-2018, Macalester College offered around 11.2 million USD in financial aid to international students. 

Various financial aid options for international students at Macalester College are: 

  • Merit-based Scholarships: First-year applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships, regardless of their need. All applicants who applied for admission are considered for merit-based scholarships. No additional scholarship application is required. The merit scholarships are awarded for eight semesters and no minimum GPA required for renewal. 
  • Charles J. Turck Presidential Honor Scholarship: Awarded to a limited number of international students. The scholarship is awarded based on the students’ potential to excel academically. The scholarship award ranges from 12,500 USD to 15,00 USD per year. Every international applicant is automatically considered for the Turck Scholarship. 
  • Outside International Scholarships: Students can also apply for various outside international scholarships to study in the USA offered by various private agencies and organizations, civic groups, religious institutions and high schools other than Macalester. 
  • Macalester College Grants: The award is calculated based on the family’s demonstrated need for financial aid. The amount is determined by the CSS Profile, FAFSA, tax returns, and other application materials. These grants are funded through Macalester’s endowment, donations received, and the tuition fee received.
  • Student Education Loans: Small education loans are part of the financial aid package for international students who study at Macalester College. They can apply for various private education loans to help finance their studies in the USA.

Work and Study

Student employment is provided by the college, the State of Minnesota, or the federal government. International students have the option to work approximately 9 hours per week on campus and earn about 2,600 USD over the course of the year. Macalester College employs 1,600 students in over 350 different positions each academic year. 

Contact Student Employment 651-696-6835

studentemployment@macalester.edu

Alumni Network

A few of the notable alumni of Macalester College are:

  • Kofi Annan- former UN secretary-general and Nobel Peace Prize winner
  • Danai Gurira, actress (The Walking Dead, Black Panther) and playwright
  • Walter Mondale, former vice president of the United States and U.S. ambassador to Japan (1993–97)
  • Charles Baxter, University of Minnesota professor, author and National Book Award winner (The Feast of Love)
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Macalester College Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population2249
FAFSA Code002358
Application Cost$40
Accreditation NCA
Average Cost of Attendance$54,344 / Year

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score139013001480 45%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing700660740-
Mathematics690640740-
ACTCheck Detailed Score312932 66%
English333035-
Mathematics292731-

Macalester College Acceptance Rate

40.6%

Acceptance Rate

5900

Total Applicants

2249

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

40.1%

Male

59.9%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program40.6%
Total Applicants5543
Total Enrolled2249

Macalester College Enrollment

Enrollment
Macalester College Enrollment2249
Undergraduate Enrollment2249
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate77.5%

Attendance Cost

$54,344

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$54,344 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,145 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$11,672 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$999 / Year

Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Program Wise Accreditations
Music ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Music

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
32492552697-
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  • 2019

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    RANKED  #86

    Overall (National)

    College rating

    based on 2 students ratings

    7.4/10

    8.5/10academic
    7.5/10infrastructure
    6/10placements
    8/10faculty
    8/10extracurricular
    6.5/10accommodation

    Reviews

    A
    Aniruddh prasad khosla, INDIA Major in economics
    Macalester College
    Current student , Batch : 2021
    7.5
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    MACALESTER COLLEGE - AN OCEAN OF OPPORTUNITIES!

    I chose Macalester because it is situated in one of the major employment generating hubs with opportunities available in abundance. Considering its several high-level rankings and selective admissions process, I was initially skeptical of achieving a spot in Macalester. However, my sufficient academic scores, personal achievements, recommendation letters, and an essay landed me in the institute. The college charged an application fee of $40.


    Course Curriculum - 

    I am studying a cutting-edge econometrics course and throughout the curriculum, a combination of advanced statistical programs with unique and interactive teaching methods are being taught. Extensive experience in data processing, coding, estimation, visualization, and experimental design is also gained by me.

    8 /10
    academic
    7 /10
    faculty
    8 /10
    infrastructure
    7 /10
    accomodation/food
    7 /10
    placement
    8 /10
    extracurricular
    13, Nov 2019 read more
    E
    Ellis, USA Classics
    Macalester College
    Alumna/alumnus , Batch : 2018
    7.3
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    MACALESTER IS PRETTY OK

    Location in a city, diversity, LGBT-friendliness, class offerings, lack of fraternities, good academic reputation, pretty campus, that it was a relatively small, liberal arts college, and the strong study abroad program.


    Course Curriculum - 

    I enjoyed all the classes I took, although there are breadth requirements that can be kind of annoying. All of the classes in my major were great, but there are definitely some gaps in the curriculum (e.g. almost no medieval history courses whatsoever)

    9 /10
    academic
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    faculty
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    infrastructure
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    accomodation/food
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    extracurricular
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    1600 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
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    Bus Station

    Snelling Ave & Goodrich Ave0.15 Km
    Snelling Ave & Goodrich Ave0.17 Km
    Snelling & Grand Station0.25 Km
    Snelling Ave & Osceola Ave0.25 Km
    Snelling & Grand Station0.26 Km
    Grand Ave & Snelling Ave0.31 Km
    Grand Ave & Snelling Ave0.31 Km
    Grand Ave & Cambridge St63.06 Km
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    Book Store

    Next Chapter Booksellers0.33 Km
    Macalester College Store0.35 Km
    Uncle Sven's Comic Shoppe0.82 Km
    St. Patrick's Guild1.26 Km
    Concordia St. Paul Bookstore1.78 Km
    Living Justice Press1.79 Km
    Midway Book2 Km
    Red Balloon Bookshop2.47 Km
    Half Price Books2.59 Km
    Hamline University Bookstore2.97 Km
    Leaflet Missal Company3.51 Km
    Nostalgia Zone Comic Books4.23 Km
    Subtext Books5.91 Km
    University of Minnesota Bookstores6.52 Km
    Source Comics & Games7.26 Km
    Barnes & Noble7.4 Km
    The Loft Literary Center7.9 Km
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    Super Market

    Whole Foods Market1 Km
    Kowalski's Market1.26 Km
    Trader Joe's2.2 Km
    Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op3.15 Km
    Shuang Hur Supermarket3.78 Km
    Shanghai Market Inc4.37 Km
    Dragon Star Oriental Foods4.38 Km
    Cub Foods5.47 Km
    Seward Community Co-op5.54 Km
    ALDI5.85 Km
    Everett's Foods & Meats6.14 Km
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    Shopping Mall

    Elite Petite1.58 Km
    Spruce Tree1.92 Km
    Midway Marketplace1.94 Km
    Oxford Square on Grand1.95 Km
    Midway Shopping Center2.08 Km
    Highland Shopping Center2.66 Km
    Highland Village Center2.87 Km
    Arbor Artisans3.36 Km
    Sibley Plaza3.89 Km
    Uni-Dale Mall3.97 Km
    Minnehaha Center5.5 Km
    Hi-Lake Shopping Center5.76 Km
    Sunglass Hut6.93 Km
    Franklin Circles Shopping Center7.31 Km
    HarMar Mall7.4 Km
    Signal Hills Shopping Center7.56 Km
    XAWAALADA HODAN GLOBAL ONLINE SERVICES 24MALL MINNEAPOLIS MN7.59 Km
    Roseville Plaza7.84 Km
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    Pizza Luce1.78 Km
    Cafe Latte2.59 Km
    W. A. Frost and Company4.29 Km
    Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant4.55 Km
    Birchwood Cafe4.79 Km
    Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub5.01 Km
    Surly Brewing Co.5.05 Km
    Downtowner Woodfire Grill5.05 Km
    Memory Lanes5.58 Km
    The St. Paul Grill5.81 Km
    Kincaid's Fish, Chop & Steakhouse5.83 Km
    Pazzaluna Urban Italian Restaurant5.85 Km
    Matt's Bar and Grill6.19 Km
    Graduate Minneapolis6.26 Km
    King and I Thai7.16 Km
    Town Hall Brewery7.35 Km
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    Airport

    United Childrens Hospital Heliport4.69 Km
    Children's Minnesota Saint Paul Hospital4.76 Km
    Helipad Hospital4.84 Km
    Helipad Hospital 26.18 Km
    Helipad Hospital 36.35 Km
    MSP-ToGo7.02 Km
    Minneapolis VOR-DME MSP 115.37.03 Km
    Alaska Airlines - Minneapolis7.24 Km
    Abbott Northwestern Hospital Heliport7.42 Km
    Hospital Helipad7.42 Km
    Signature Flight Support MSP - Minneapolis St. Paul Int'l Airport7.79 Km
    St Paul FBO7.84 Km
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