Why Macalester?

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There are specific reasons to study at Macalester. Our students share theirs.

Vibrant, metropolitan area

Two great cities at your doorstep. Macalester is nestled in a lovely, residential neighborhood–minutes from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis–which offers students a wealth of internship opportunities in business, finance, medicine, government, law, the arts, and more.

Macalester’s location

Classmates from around the world

Global neighborhood in your dorm. Macalester students are citizens of over 90 countries. Before your first class begins, you will have already started learning by sharing the college experience with new friends from around the world.

Countries represented at Macalester

Smart, engaged professors

Faculty who know how to make a difference. Our faculty earned their advanced degrees from some of the best schools in the world, and they remain thought-leaders in their fields. You'll have direct access to them since nearly 70% of classes have fewer than 20 students. They care about your future.

Faculty profiles

Graduate-Level Research

Resources for enriched investigation. Macalester students enjoy a wealth of resources for research on and off campus–specialized laboratories, libraries, museum collections, distinct population groups for surveys, even a natural history center. Often students undertake research that makes real contributions to their discipline. They publish papers in scholarly journals, participate in conferences, and provide analysis for policy makers and real-world use.

Student research

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    This year, Mac faculty were #1 among peers for National Science Foundation Grants.

  • 72%

    Students with an internship who report that it helped them make future plans.

  • 94

    Citizenships on campus—local, national, global ideas and experience yield big results.

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    Average class size, students engage in a powerful dynamic with great results.