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Students looking out from an observation deck at Downtown Minneapolis.

About the Twin Cities

A world of opportunity

Being in the middle of two bustling cities gives students a glimpse of future possibilities, from internships at the Minnesota State Capitol to applied research at 3M. Students make meaningful contributions to their discipline, gain real-world experience, and build confidence and character for post-grad life—no matter the direction they choose to take.


Internship sites for academic credit within eight miles of campus


Museums accessible by bus


Miles from an international airport

Student on a bicycle near campus. 3rd The third most cycling-friendly urban area in the nation Icon of artwork on a pedestal. The Walker Art Center The Walker Art Center is one of the top five most visited contemporary art museums in the U.S. Aerial photo of Downtown St. Paul with Downtown Minneapolis in the background. The Twin Cities are Home to a diverse economy including 16 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Minnesota.
I chose Macalester because it’s a highly regarded liberal arts college in a unique urban setting in the Twin Cities, which translates into tremendous internship and job opportunities, and surprisingly diverse cuisine and arts scenes. Khanh Long Tran Macalester Alum
Inside Open Book literary center. Thriving center for independent bookstores including Open Book, the largest literary and book arts center in the country. Icon of a tree. Top-Ranked City Parks Ranked for having the best parks in the country—over 6,500 acres worth.
Our location provides Macalester students ample opportunities to build relationships with Southeast Asian communities—war refugees, war veterans, and antiwar activists—so that we can process and learn about that history together. Karín Aguilar-San Juan, American Studies
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A Day in the Life

Ruby Rich ’23

Take a look at Macalester from Ruby’s perspective.

A Day in the Life

Ruby Rich ’23

Take a look at Macalester from Ruby’s perspective.

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