Macalester College is ranked 25th, up one from last year, among the 215 national liberal arts colleges in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings released today. Macalester is tied with Trinity College in Connecticut.
For the second year in a row, the college dramatically improved its ranking in alumni giving. The rate of giving moved from 38 to 42 percent and the national ranking in that category from 62nd to 43rd.This category is based on the average percentage of alumni who made gifts to the college during school years 2002-03 and 2003-04.
“The increase in alumni giving and the alumni giving rate is truly exceptional,” said President Brian C. Rosenberg. "On behalf of the college, I want to express our deepest thanks to all our alumni for their support and their confidence in our work."
7th for "Great Schools, Great Prices"
Based on academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of financial aid.
Study Abroad Program listed as a "Program to Look For"
Macalester's study abroad program is listed along with those of 21 other colleges and universities.
11th for "Economic Diversity"
For the number of students receiving federal Pell Grants, financial aid which does not have to be repaid.
18th in "Student Selectivity"
Measures test scores of incoming students, the proportion of enrolled students who were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes and the acceptance rate. On all three of these measures, Macalester improved from last year.
49th in "Faculty Resources"
Up from 61st last year. Measures size of classes, student-to-faculty ratio and faculty salaries.
4th in the number of international students
Measures how many international students attending the college.
In many other categories, Macalester maintained its strong standing. The college’s academic reputation, as determined by the opinions of presidents, provosts and deans of admissions at the other liberal arts colleges, ranked 18th, the same as last year. More »