Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a private college of liberal arts and sciences. Its academic program ranks among the top 20 in the nation and includes broad research and internship opportunities. In small classes where rigorous debate is encouraged, Macalester challenges students to consider ideas from multiple perspectives, to be responsible global citizens, and to forge solutions to current and future global problems.

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collegeType
Private
studentType
Coed
2,106
Undergraduates
893
Men - 42.4%
1,186
Women - 56.3%
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Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
28% of 8,434 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
670-750 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
670-750 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
30-34 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
$82,423
Tuition and Fees
$64,908
Room and Board
$14,982
Average Percent of Need Met
99%
Average Freshman Award
$57,991
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$21,841
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
195
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
14%
10-19
56%
20-29
24%
30-39
5%
40-49
1%
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St. Paul Population
290,770
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Not reported
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
58% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Scot
Sororities
Not reported
Fraternities
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.3%
Asian
8.7%
Black/African-American
6.7%
Hispanic/Latino
11.7%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
9.7%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
62.3%
Unknown
0.5%
International Students
12.9% from 95 countries
First-Year Students Returning
91.2%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
83.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
12.0%
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