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Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students the inspiration, insight and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Classes are taught by faculty whose passion is teaching and whose scholarship gains national recognition.

Our Students

  • Student body: 2,108 from 49 U.S. states, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico
  • Countries represented: 88
  • 25% of students are citizens of another country
  • 21% of U.S. student body are students of color
  • 60% of students study abroad
  • 60% pursue advanced degrees within six years
  • 96% have engaged in community-based learning, service, or applied research in the Twin Cities while at Macalester

Our Faculty

  • 184 full-time faculty members
  • 27% international or U.S. faculty of color
  • Percent of full-time faculty with doctorate or highest degree in their field: 93
  • Federal and foundation grants received in past year: $1,448,312

Our Academics

  • 31 academic departments offer 38 majors and 63 areas of study
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
  • Average class size: 17
  • Courses offered: more than 800

In the past 10 years, Macalester students have received:

  • 1 Rhodes scholarships
  • 46 Fulbright awards
  • 36 National Science Foundation fellowships
  • 9 Thomas J. Watson fellowships
  • 4 Barry Goldwater scholarships
  • 3 Goldman Sachs Global Leaders
  • 1 Bienecke scholarship
  • 3 Harry S. Truman scholarships
  • 3 Morris Udall scholarships

Financial Aid

  • Macalester meets the full financial need of admitted students—1 of only 70 colleges nationally that does so
  • Two-thirds of students on average receive financial aid
  • Average of need-based first-year financial aid package: $43,701
Why Macalester?
  • 10:1

    A student/faculty ratio of 10 to 1 means faculty know you.

  • 60%

    60% of students study abroad, most for at least 12 weeks.

  • 840

    Over 800 courses are offered each year, from “Astrophysical Origins of Life” to “Rhetoric of Politics.”

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    Macalester is #7 in the nation for “a strong commitment to teaching.” –US News, 2016