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Study at Macalester College

Macalester College traces its beginnings to two schools set up by Rev. Dr. Edward Duffield Neill in the mid 1800s. The charter for the college was granted in 1874. It became a coeducational institute in 1893. Macalester College now sits on a 53-acres campus in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Macalester College's recent Enrolments have been over 1, 900 students, including 11% international students.

Macalester College offers a wide variety of degree programs. Courses are available in the fields of art, biology, chemistry, economics, geology, human rights, music, physics and astronomy, urban studies, and gender and sexuality studies, among others.

The Macalester College's sports teams are nicknamed the Scots. They are members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, softball, water polo, and volleyball.

Profile of Macalester College

Students attend MacAlester in Saint Paul, MN, a large city. The school is proud of its Presbyterian Church (USA) status. MacAlester is a private, not-for-profit institution. The school degrees go up to the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

MacAlester has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. The school is known for its programs in science, mathematics, drama and performing arts, liberal arts, and conservation and resource management.

MacAlester Selectivity

MacAlester is selective and does not offer open admission. One sign of prestige is that the school only let in 41% of those who applied in 2007. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 630. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 620 and 710.


The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. MacAlester has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

There are 1, 920 students at MacAlester .

Student Life

The school has a residential or campus feel. MacAlester offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. MacAlester values student athletics, and belongs to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Other.

MacAlester Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts254political science, geography, economics, anthropology, history, sociology, international studies, creative writing, . . .
Science75biology, physics, chemistry, geology
Therapy and Counselling34psychology
Religion and Philosophy23religion, philosophy
Fine Arts12fine arts, art history and criticism
Conservation and Resource Management10environmental studies
Computer Science and Engineering8computer and info science
Drama and Performing Arts8drama
Media1communication studies

Contact: MacAlester

Macalester College

1600 Grand Ave

Saint Paul, MN 55105-1899

General Phone: (651) 696-6000


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