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"Hottest Liberal Arts College"

U.S. News & World Report:
"25th Best Liberal Arts College"

Fiske Guide:
"One of the Top Liberal Arts Colleges in the Midwest"

Princeton Review:
"College with a Conscience"

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Thank You...
The increase in alumni giving and the alumni giving rate is truly exceptional. 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.
- President Brian C. Rosenberg

Quick Fact:
Increased alumni giving helped improve Macalester's overall rank in the 2006 U.S. News "America's Best Colleges".

America's Hottest Liberal Arts College

Macalester has been named “America’s Hottest Liberal Arts College” by the 2006 Kaplan/Newsweek “How to Get into College” Guide.  According to the guide, “All the colleges on the Hot List for 2006 have one attribute in common: they're creating buzz among students, school officials and longtime observers of the admissions process.”  See an excerpt from this week’s (August 15th) Newsweek . More »

25th Best Liberal Arts College

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."

Snapshot of Rankings

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 »


A College with Conscience

Macalester has also been named one of 81 "colleges with a conscience" by Princeton Review and Campus CompactMore »



A Best Buy

The 2006 Fiske Guide to Colleges has named Macalester one of 28 Best Buy private schools. For more than 20 years, this leading guide to the top 300 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada has been a source of information for students and their parents.  Fiske is a selective guide and presents schools in subjective rather than statistical terms.  More »


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