Macalester College
2003 Common Data Set


CONTENTS

A. General Information G. Annual Expenses
B. Enrollment & Persistence H. Financial Aid
C. First-Time, First Year Admission I. Instructional Faculty and Class Size
D. Transfer Admission J. Degrees Conferred
E. Academic Offerings & Policies Definitions of Terms
F. Student Life  


A. GENERAL INFORMATION

A1. Address Information

Name of college or university: Macalester College
Mailing address: 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105-1899
Street address (if different): same as above
Main phone number: 651-696-6000
WWW home page address: www.macalester.edu
Admissions phone number: 651-696-6357
Admissions toll-free number: 1-800-231-7974
Admissions office mailing address: same as above
Admissions fax number: 651-696-6724
Admissions e-mail address: admissions@macalester.edu
Is there a separate URL application site on the internet? No.

A2. Source of institutional control (check one only)

Public
Private (nonprofit)
Proprietary

A3. Classify your undergraduate institution:

Coeducational college
Men's college
Women's college

A4. Academic year calendar: Semester

A5. Degrees offered by your institution: Bachelor's

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B. ENROLLMENT AND PERSISTENCE

B1. Institutional Enrollment - Men and Women from the IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey.

 

Full-Time
Men

Full-Time
Women

Part-Time
Men

Part-Time
Women
Undergraduates        
Degree seeking, first time freshmen

213

300
0
0
Other first-year, degree seeking
15
12
0
0
All other degree seeking
551
743
7
8
Total degree-seeking
779
1055
7
8
All other undergrads enrolled in credit courses
1
0
13
21
Total undergraduates
780
1055
20
29
Total First-professionals
0
0
0
0
Total Graduates
0
0
0
0

Total all undergraduates: 1884

Total all graduate and professional students: 0

GRAND TOTAL ALL STUDENTS: 1884


B2. Enrollment by Racial/Ethnic Category from the IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey

 

Degree-seeking
First-time First-year

Degree-seeking
Undergraduates

Total
Undergraduates
Nonresident aliens
46
261
264
Black, non-Hispanic
15
48
48
American Indian or Alaskan Native
4
20
21
Asian or Pacific Islander
25
91
91
Hispanic
16
54
54
White, non-Hispanic
407
1375
1406
Race/ethnicity unknown
0
0
0
TOTAL
513
1849
1884

B3. Persistence - Degrees Awarded from July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003.

Certificate/diploma
 
Associate degrees
 
Bachelor's degrees
426
Postbachelor's degrees
 
Master's degrees
 
Post-master's certificates
 
Doctoral degrees
 
First professional degrees
 
First professional certificates
 

Graduation Rates from the IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey.

For the Fall 1997 cohort:

B4. Initial 1997 cohort of first-time, full-time bachelor's degree seeking undergrad students:
452
B5. Of the initial 1997 cohort, how many did not persist and did not graduate for the following reasons: deceased, permanently disabled, armed forces, foreign aid service, or official church missions:
2
B6. Final 1997 cohort, after adjusting for exclusions:
450
B7. Of the initial 1997 cohort, how many completed the program in four years or less?
339
B8. Of the initial 1997 cohort, how many completed the program in more than four years but in five years or less?
26
B9. Of the initial 1997 cohort, how many completed the program in more than five years but in six years or less?
3
B10. Total graduating within six years:
368
B11. Six year graduation rate for 1997 cohort:
82%

Retention Rates

B22. For the cohort of all full-time bachelor's degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered your institution as freshmen in fall 2002, what percentage was enrolled at your institution as of the date your institution calculates its official enrollment in fall 2003?

92%

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C. FIRST-TIME, FIRST-YEAR (FRESHMEN) ADMISSION

Applications:

C1. First-time, first-year (freshmen) students

Total first-time, first-year (freshmen) men who applied: 1854
Total first-time, first-year (freshmen) women who applied: 2487

Total first-time, first-year (freshmen) men who were admitted: 779
Total first-time, first-year (freshmen) women who were admitted: 1141

Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshmen) men who enrolled: 213
Total part-time, first-time, first-year (freshmen) men who enrolled: 0

Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshmen) women who enrolled: 300
Total part-time first-time, first-year (freshmen) women who enrolled: 0

C2. Freshman wait-listed students

Do you have a policy of placing students on a waiting list? Yes.

If yes, please answer the questions below for fall 2003 admissions:

Number of qualified applicants placed on waiting list: 249
Number accepting a place on the waiting list: 104
Number of wait-listed students admitted: 0


Admissions Requirements

C3. High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required.

C4. Does your institution require or recommend a general college preparatory program for degree seeking students? Recommend.

C5. Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended.

 

Units required

Units recommended
Total academic units    
English  
4
Mathematics  
3
Science  
3
--of science, those that must be lab  
3
Foreign language  
3
Social studies or history  
3
Academic electives    
Other    

One "unit" equals one year of study or its equivalent.


Basis for Selection

C6. Do you have an open admission policy? No.

C7. Relative importance of each of the following factors in your first-time first-year degree-seeking admissions:

Academic  
Secondary school record
very important
Class rank
considered
Recommendations
important
Standardized test scores
important
Essay
important
Non-academic  
Interview
considered
Extracurricular activities
important
Talent/ability
considered
Character/personal qualities
important
Alumnia/relation
considered
Geographical residence
not considered
State residency
not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment
not considered
Minority status
considered
Volunteer work
considered
Work experience
considered


SAT and ACT Policies

C8. Entrance exams

A. Does your institution make use of SAT I, SAT II or ACT scores in admission decisions for first-time, first-year degree seeking applicants? Yes.

If yes, reflect your institutions policies below:

SAT I or ACT (no preference)
required
SAT II
considered if submitted

Does your institution use applicants test scores for placement or counseling? Placement - yes, counseling - yes.

B. Does your institution use the SAT I or ACT for placement only? No

C. Latest date by which SAT I or ACT scores must be received for fall-term admission: January 15.
Latest date by which SAT II scores must be received for fall-term admission: N/A.

D. Use this space to clarify your test policies: Students whose native language is not English must also submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the SAT II English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT). SAT Verbal is not required of these students.


Freshmen Profile

C9. First-time first-year (freshmen) students enrolled in fall 2003 who submitted SAT/ACT test scores.

Percent submitting SAT scores: 80.3%
Number submitting SAT scores: 412
Percent submitting ACT scores: 53.2%
Number submitting ACT scores: 273

 
25th Percentile
75th Percentile
SAT I Verbal
650
730
SAT I Math
620
700
ACT Composite 28 31
ACT English    
ACT Math    

Percent of first-time, first-year (freshmen) students with scores in each range:

 
SAT I Verbal
SAT I Math
700-800
50.4%
29.4%
600-699
40.2%
57.3%
500-599
9.4%
13.3%
400-499
0%
0%
300-399
0%
0%
200-299
0%
0%

 
ACT Composite
30-36
55.3%
24-29
43.2%
18-23
1.1%
12-17
0.4%
6-11
0%
Below 6
0%

C10. First-time, first-year (freshmen) students who had high school class rank within the following ranges:

Percent in top tenth of high school graduating class: 68%
Percent in top quarter of high school graduating class: 93%
Percent in top half of high school graduating class: 100%
Percent in bottom half of high school graduating class: 0%
Percent in bottom quarter of high school graduating class: 0%

Percent who submitted high school class rank: 60.2%

C11. First-time, first-year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point averages within each of the following ranges (using 4.0 scale). Includes only those from whom you collected high school GPA.

Percent who had GPA of 3.0 and higher: N/A
Percent who had GPA between 2.0 and 2.99: N/A
Percent who had GPA between 1.0 and 1.99: N/A
Percent who had GPA below 1.0: N/A

C12. Average high school GPA of all degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshmen) students who submitted GPA: N/A

Percent of total first-time first-year (freshmen) students who submitted high school GPA: N/A


Admission Policies

C13. Application fee

Does your institution have an application fee? Yes.
Amount of application fee: $40
Can it be waived for applicants with financial need? Yes.

C14. Application closing date

Does your institution have an application closing date? Yes.
Application closing date (fall): January 15
Priority date: None.

C15. Are first-time, first-year students accepted for terms other than the fall? No.

C16. Notification to applicants of admission decision sent: by April 1st.

C17. Reply policy for admitted applicants: must reply by May 1st.

C18. Deferred admission:

Does your institution allow students to postpone enrollment after admission? Yes.
If yes, maximum period of postponement: 1 year.

C19. Early admission of high school students:

Does your institution allow high school students to enroll as full-time, first-time, first-year (freshmen) students one year or more before high school graduation? Yes.

C20. Common application:

Will you accept the Common Application distributed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals if submitted? Yes.
If yes, are supplemental forms required? Yes.
Is your college a member of the Common Application Group? Yes.


Early Decision and Early Action Plans

C21. Early decision: Does your institution offer an early decision plan? Yes.

If yes, please complete the following:
First or only early decision plan closing date: November 15.
First or only early decision plan notification date: December 15
Other early decision plan closing date: January 15
Other early decision plan notification date: February 7

For the Fall 2003 entering class:
Number of early decision applications received: 255
Number of applicants admitted under early decision plan: 117

C22. Early action: Do you have a non-binding early action plan? No.


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D. TRANSFER ADMISSION

Fall Applicants

D1. Does your institution enroll transfer students? Yes.

If yes, may transfer students earn advanced standing credit by transferring credits earned from course work completed at other colleges/universities? Yes.

D2. Provide the number of students who applied, were admitted, and enrolled as degree seeking transfer students in fall 2003.

 
Applicants
Admitted Applicants
Enrolled Applicants
Men 127 26 13
Women 125 30 11
 Total 252 56 24

Application for Admission

D3. Indicate terms for which transfers may enroll: Fall only

D4. Must a transfer applicant have a minimum number of credits completed or else must apply as an entering freshman? No.

D5. Indicate all items required of transfer students to apply for admission:

High school transcript
required of all
College transcript(s)
required of all
Essay or personal statement
required of all
Interview
recommended of all
Standardized test scores
required of all
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s)
required of all

D6. Minimum high school grade point average required: N/A

D7. Minimum college grade point average required: N/A

D8. List any other application requirements specific to transfer applicants: None

D9. List application priority, closing, notificaiton, and candidate reply dates for transfer students.

Fall Semester:
Priority date: N/A
Closing date: April 1
Notification date: May 15
Reply date: Two weeks after notification
Rolling admission: N/A

D10. Does an open admission policy, if reported, apply to transfer students? No.

D11. Describe additional requirements for transfer admission, if applicable: None

Transfer Credit Policies

D12. Report the lowest grade earned for any course that may be transferred for credit: C-

D13. Maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a two-year institution: 64 semester hours

D14. Maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a four-year institution: 64 semester hours

D15. Minimum number of credits that transfers must complete at your institution to earn an associate degree: N/A

D16. Minimum number of credits that transfers must complete at your institution to earn a bachelor's degree: 64 semester hours (A total of 128 semester hours is required for graduation.)

D17. Describe other transfer credit policies: None

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E. ACADEMIC OFFERINGS AND POLICIES

E1. Special study options: Identify those programs available at your institution. Refer to definitions.

 Accelerated program
 Cooperative (work study) program
 Cross-registration
 Distance learning
 Double major
 Dual enrollment
 English as a Second Language
 Exchange student program (domestic)
 External degree program
 Honors program
 Independent study
 Internships
 Liberal arts/career combination
 Student-designed major
 Study abroad
 Teacher certification program
 Weekend college
 Other: Combined bachelor's/graduate programs:
 - BA/Master's in Architecture with Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
 - BA/BS in Engineering with Washington University, St. Louis or the University of Minnesota
 - BA/BS in Nursing with Rush University in Chicago, Illinois

E3. Areas in which all or most students are required to complete some course work prior to graduation.

 Arts/fine arts
 Computer literacy
 English (including composition)
 Foreign languages
 History  
 Humanities
 Mathematics
 Philosophy
 Sciences (biological or physical)
 Social science
 Other: Domestic diversity, International diversity


Library Collections

The number of holdings below are from the 2002 Academic Libraries Survey.

E4. Books, serial backfiles, and government documents that are accessible through the library's catalog - includes bound periodicals and newspapers and exclude microforms: 430,182 titles

E5. Current serials: - includes periodicals, newspapers, and government documents: 2,963 subscriptions

E6. Microforms: 75,298 units

E7. Audiovisual materials: 9,492 units

E8. E-Books: 238

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F. STUDENT LIFE

F1. Percentages of first-time, first-year (freshmen) students and all degree-seeking undergraduates enrolled in fall 2003 who fit the following categories:

 
First-time,
first-year students
Undergraduates
Percent from out of state (excludes internationals, non-resident aliens)
80.0
75.0
Percent of men who join fraternities
0
0
Percent of women who join fraternities
0
0
Percent who live in college-owned housing
100.0
69.3
Percent who live off campus or commute
0
30.7
Percent of students age 25 and older
0
0.3
Average age of full-time students
18.1
19.6
Average age of all students (full and part time)
18.1
19.7

F2. Activities offered at your institution:

 Choral groups
 Concert band
 Dance
 Drama/theater
 Jazz band
 Literary magazine
 Marching band
 Music ensembles
 Musical theater
 Opera
 Pep band
Radio station
 Student government
 Student newspaper
 Student-run film society
 Symphony orchestra
 Television station
 Yearbook

F3. ROTC (program offered in cooperation with Reserve Officer's Training Corps)

Army ROTC - not offered.
Naval ROTC - offered at a cooperating institution, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.
Air Force ROTC - offered at a cooperating institution, University of St. Thomas.

F4. Housing offered by the college at your institution:

 Coed dorms
 Men's dorms
 Women's dorms
 Apartments for married students
 Apartments for single students
 Other: Language houses
 Special housing for disabled students
 Special housing for international students
 Fraternity/sorority housing
 Cooperative housing

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G. ANNUAL EXPENSES

G1. Undergraduate full-time tuition, required fees, room and board for 2004-2005.

 
First-Year
Undergraduates
Private Institution
$26,638
$26,638
Required Fees
$168
$168
Room and Board
$7,350
$7,350
Room only
$3,820
$3,820
Board only
$3,530
$3,530

G2. Number of credits per term a student can take for the stated full-time tuition: 12 minimum, 18 maximum

G3. Do tuition and fees vary by year of study? (e.g., sophomore, junior, senior)? No.

G4. If tution and fees vary by undergraduate instructional program, describe briefly: N/A

G5. Provide the estimated expenses for a typical full-time undergraduate student:

Books and supplies: $805
Transportation: $100-$1000
Other (personal) expenses: $745

G6. Undergraduate per-credit-hour charges: $835 per semester hour

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H. FINANCIAL AID

Aid Awarded to Enrolled Undergraduates

H1. Enter total dollar amounts awarded to full-time and less than full-time degree-seeking undergraduates (using the same cohort reported in CDS Question B1, "total degree-seeking" undergraduates) in the following categories. Include aid awarded to international students (i.e., those not qualifying for federal aid). Aid that is non-need-based but that was used to meet need should be reported in the need-based aid columns. (For a suggested order of precedence in assigning categories of aid to cover need, see the definitions section.):

Which needs-analysis methodology does your institution use in awarding institutional aid? Institutional methodology (IM)

Indicate academic year for which data are reported: 2003-2004 estimated

  Need-based Non-need-based
  $ $
Scholarships/Grants    
Federal 959,475 6,000
State 522,550 5,355
Institutional (endowment, alumni, or other institutional awards) and external funds awarded by the college excluding athletic aid and tuition waivers (which are reported below) 19,446,513 455,462
Scholarships/grants from external sources (e.g., Kiwanis, National Merit) not awarded by the college 1,048,226 159,689
Total Scholarships/Grants 21,976,764 626,506
Self-Help    
Student loans from all sources 3,241,962 2,404,054
Federal Work-Study 733,125  
State and other (e.g. institutional) work-study/employment 1,661,834 40,386
Total Self-Help 5,636,921 2,444,440
Parent Loans 0 1,566,723
Tuition waivers 0 509,874
Athletic awards 0 0


Number of Enrolled Students Receiving Aid

H2. List the number of degree-seeking full-time and less-than-full-time undergraduates who applied for and received financial aid. Aid that is non-need-based but that was used to meet need should be counted as need-based aid. Numbers should reflect the cohort receiving the dollars reported in H1.

Note: In the chart below, students may be counted in more than one row, and full-time freshmen should also be counted as full-time undergraduates.

Need based awards

First-time Full-time Freshmen

Full-time Undergrad (inc. fresh)

Less than full-time undergrad
a) Number of degree-seeking undergraduate students 513 1,835 49
b) Number of students in line a who applied for need based financial aid 422 1,383 2
c) Number of students in line b who were determined to have financial need 360 1,265 2
d) Number of students in line c who were awarded any financial aid 360 1,265 2
e) Number of students in line d who were awarded any need-based scholarship or grant aid 360 1,265 2
f) Number of students in line d who were awarded any need-based self-help aid 360 1,264 2
g) Number of students in line d who were awarded any non-need-based scholarship or grant aid 0 0 0
h) Number of students in line d whose need was fully met (exclude PLUS loans, unsubsidized loand and private alternative loans). 360 1,265 2
i) On average, the percentage of need that was met of students who were awarded any need-based aid. Exclude any aid that was awarded in excess of need as well as any resources that were awarded to replace EFC (PLUS loans, unsubsidized loans and private alternative loans). 100% 100% 100%
j) The average financial aid package of those in line d. Exclude any resources that were awarded to replace EFC (PLUS loans, unsubsidized loans and private alternative loans). $20,302 $21,386 $16,868
k) Average need-based scholarship or grant award of those in line e $16,568 $17,061 $10,822
l) Average need-based self-help award (excluding PLUS loans, unsubsidized loans and private alternative loans) of those in line f $3,734 $4,328 $6,046
m) Average need-based loan (excluding PLUS loans, unsubsidized loans and private alternative loans) of those in line f $2,865 $3,483 $4,146

Non-need-based awards

First-time Full-time Freshmen

Full-time Undergrad Inc. fresh.

Less than Full-time undergrad
n) Number of students in line a who had no financial need who received non-need-based gift aid (exclude those receiving athletic awards and tuition benefits) 20 110 0
o) Average dollar amount of institutional non-need based scholarship and grant aid awarded to students in line n $5,263 $5,242 $0
p) Number of students in line a who were awarded an institutional non-need-based athletic grant or scholarship 0 0 0
q) Average dollar amount of institutional non-need-based athletic grants and scholarships awarded to students in line p $0 $0 $0

H4. Percent of 2000 graduating undergraduate class who have borrowed through any loan programs (federal, state, subsidized, unsubsidized, private etc.; exclude parent loans). Include only students who borrowed while enrolled at your institution.

%

H5. Average per-borrower cumulative undergraduate indebtedness of those in line H4; do not include money borrowed at other institutions:

$


Aid to Undergraduate Degree-Seeking Nonresident Aliens

H6. Indicate your institution's policy regarding financial aid for undergraduate degree-seeking nonresident aliens:

Institutional need-based scholarship or grant aid is available.

If college-administered financial aid is available for undergraduate degree-seeking nonresident aliens, provide the number who received need- or non-need-based aid: 242

Average dollar amount awarded to undergraduate degree-seeking nonresident aliens: $23,590

Total dollar amount of financial aid from all sources awarded to all undergraduate degree-seeking nonresident aliens: $5,708,826


Process for First-Year/Freshman Students

H7. Check off all financial aid forms domestic first-year (freshman) financial aid applicants must submit:
FAFSA
Institution's own financial aid form
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
State aid form
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement
Business/Farm Supplement

H8. Check off all financial aid forms non-resident alien first-year financial aid applicants must submit:
Institution's own financial aid form
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
Foreign Student's Financial Aid Application
Foreign Student's Certification of Finances

H9. Indicate filing dates for first-year (freshman) students:

Priority date for filing required financial aid forms: February 9
Deadline for filing required financial aid forms: April 15

H10. Indicate notification dates for first-year (freshman) students:

Students notified on or about (date): April 1

H11. Indicate reply dates:

Students must reply by (date): May 1.


Types of Aid Available

Please check off all types of aid available to undergraduates at your institution:

H12. Loans

FEDERAL DIRECT STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM (DIRECT LOAN)
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
Direct PLUS Loans

FEDERAL FAMILY EDUCATION LOAN PROGRAM (FFEL)
FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
FFEL PLUS Loans

Federal Perkins Loans
Federal Nursing Loans
State Loans
College/university loans from institutional funds
Other (specify):

H13. Scholarships and Grants

NEED-BASED:
Federal Pell
SEOG
State scholarships/grants
Private scholarships
College/university scholarship or grant aid from institutional funds
United Negro College Fund
Federal Nursing Scholarship
Other (specify):

H14. Check off criteria used in awarding institutional aid. Check all that apply.

Non -need Need -based   Non -need Need -based  

 X

 
Academics     Leadership
    Alumni affiliation
 X
  Minority status
    Art     Music/drama
    Athletics     Religious affiliation
    Job skills     State/district residency
    ROTC   ----------  

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I. INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY AND CLASS SIZE

I-1. Number of Instructional Faculty for Fall 2003

Instructional faculty is as defined by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in its annual Faculty Compensation Survey.

 

Full-time

Part-time

Total
a) Total number of instructional faculty
149
66
215
b) Total number who are members of minority groups
31
12
43
c) Total number who are women
69
31
100
d) Total number who are men
80
35
115
e) Total number who are non-resident aliens (international)
9
1
10
f) Total number with doctorate, first prof, other terminal degrees
142
37
179
g) Total number whose highest degree is master's (not terminal)
7
20
27
h) Total number whose highest degree is a bachelor's
0
9
9
i) Total number whose highest degree is unknown or other
0
0
0

I-2. Student to Faculty Ratio

Fall 2003 student to faculty ratio: 11.2 to 1.

I-3. Undergraduate Class Size

Fall 2003 Number of Class Sections with Undergraduates Enrolled:

 
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
100+
Total
Class Sections 56 182 97 20 8 7 0 370
Class Sub-Sections 62 56 12 0 0 0 0 130

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J. DEGREES CONFERRED

Degrees conferred between July 1, 2002 and June 30, 2003.

Percentages of degrees awarded as reported on the IPEDS Completions Survey:

Category Bachelor's
Degrees
Agriculture  
Architecture  
Area and ethnic studies 2.4
Biological/life sciences 6.8
Business/marketing  
Communications 4.5
Computer and info sciences 5.2
Education  
Engineering  
English 8.2
Foreign languages and literature 7.5
Health professions  
Home economics  
Interdisciplinary studies 0.7
Law/legal studies  
Liberal arts/general studies 0.9
Library science  
Mathematics 3.8
Military science  
Nat. resources/environmental science 2.4
Parks and recreation  
Personal and miscellaneous services  
Philosophy, religion, theology 7.0
Physical sciences 4.0
Protective services/public admin  
Psychology 7.7
Social sciences and history 32.6
Trade and industry  
Visual and performing arts 6.3
TOTAL 100%

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