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
2,247
Undergraduates
973
Men - 43.3%
1,279
Women - 56.9%
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Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
27% of 9,046 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
682 average
660-765 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
682 average
680-750 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
30 average
29-33 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
$78,670
Tuition and Fees
$62,270
Room and Board
$14,000
Average Percent of Need Met
97%
Average Freshman Award
$54,387
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$25,181
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
199
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
16%
10-19
53%
20-29
24%
30-39
6%
50-99
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
62% 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
0.4%
Asian
9.3%
Black/African-American
5.7%
Hispanic/Latino
11.4%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
9.3%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
63.3%
Unknown
0.5%
International Students
13.5% from 99 countries
First-Year Students Returning
96.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
84.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
16.0%
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