Why Mac for engineering?

Macalester offers a variety of curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students who have interests in engineering. Many Macalester students major in fields such as mathematics, applied mathematics, computer science, chemistry, physics, biology, geography, economics, and more, and subsequently choose to continue on to master’s and/or doctoral programs in engineering at institutions such as Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Northwestern, Duke, Berkeley, University of Illinois, and the University of Minnesota. We are proud that 6% of all 2016 graduates who went straight to graduate school are pursuing engineering degrees.

At Macalester, you can gain the benefits of a liberal arts education while preparing yourself for a professional career in any of several areas of engineering. Some of the more popular areas that our students go to graduate school are biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, and chemical engineering. You will receive an excellent background in science and mathematics that prepares you well for technical studies in engineering. Mac students are trained as scientists; one of the many doors that this experience opens is a path into engineering graduate school. And, you also receive a broad background in the humanities and social sciences, crucial to the successful modern practice of engineering. Engineers with a liberal arts background are poised to advance in technical management and to play major roles in solving increasingly complex societal problems.

For aspiring engineers, the advantages of attending Macalester include:

  • The ability to study in diverse disciplines as an undergraduate and still earn a professional engineering degree in graduate school
  • The opportunity to pursue other academic, athletic, or extracurricular interests
  • The chance to study at a small liberal arts college in order to develop the skills, creativity, and confidence needed for success in engineering
  • The opportunity to study science broadly