Who we are
Macalester was founded in 1874 on a firm belief in the transformational power of the liberal arts education. Since then, our students and alumni have demonstrated that power as a force for positive change, in turn attracting a growing community of learners from around the world.

Our Students

  • Student body: 2,174 from 50 U.S. states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands
  • Countries represented: 97
  • 24% are citizens of another country
  • 31% of U.S. student body are students of color
  • 60% of students study abroad
  • 60% pursue advanced degrees within six years
  • 96% have engaged in community-based learning, service, or applied research in the Twin Cities while at Macalester

Our Faculty

  • Number of full-time faculty members: 188
  • Percent of full-time faculty with doctorate or highest degree in their field: 94
  • Percent of faculty either U.S. or international faculty of color: 29
  • Faculty grants awarded last year: $470,565

Our Academics

  • 800+ courses
  • 39 majors
  • 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 17 average class size

Five Most Popular Majors Among 2018 Graduates (in order)

  • Economics, Mathematics, Biology, Psychology, Political Science

2018 Awards

  • 8 Fulbright grants
  • 2 National Science Foundation fellowships

Awards (Past 10 Years)

  • 1 Rhodes scholarship
  • 57 Fulbright grants
  • 39 National Science Foundation fellowships
  • 9 Thomas J. Watson fellowships
  • 4 Barry Goldwater scholarships
  • 1 Goldman Sachs Global Leaders
  • 1 Bienecke scholarship
  • 3 Harry S. Truman scholarships
  • 2 Morris Udall scholarships

Financial Aid

  • 67 Percent of students receiving need-based grants from Macalester
  • 100 Percent of demonstrated need met by financial aid
  • $47,816 Average need-based financial aid package
Why Macalester?
  • 10:1

    A student/faculty ratio of 10 to 1 means faculty know you.

  • 60%

    60% of students study abroad, most for at least 12 weeks.

  • 840

    Over 800 courses are offered each year, from Astrophysical Origins of Life to Rhetoric of Politics.

  • 7

    Macalester is #7 in the nation for a strong commitment to teaching. “US News, 2016