Internationalist View of the World


Fiske Guide to Colleges

The Fiske Guide notes that one of Macalester’s hallmarks is “an internationalist view of the world.” Fiske is a selective guide that presents schools in subjective rather than statistical terms. “Mac attracts the best and brightest. The school provides high-powered scholarship, pairing academic rigor with global perspective. Teaching is paramount and students grow within a supportive community.”

Strong Campus Community

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The Princeton Review's Best 382 Colleges

“Macalester College is an academic powerhouse. This is a unique international community. The atmosphere is academically challenging without feeling competitive and professors invest time in the success of each student. The college has an ideal placement in a beautiful residential neighborhood with quick access to two major cities, and there is so much to do on campus.” The Princeton Review also ranks Macalester among the best for financial aid and making an impact.

Contribution to the Public Good

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Washington Monthly

Macalester ranks 12 among national liberal arts colleges in the Washington Monthly guide, which evaluates colleges “based on their contribution to the public good.” The criteria are based on the conviction that “America’s best colleges provide social mobility, contribute to research and scientific discovery, and encourage students to serve their communities and the nation at large.”

Commitment to Teaching

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U.S. News & World Report

Macalester ranks 16 among liberal arts colleges with a “strong commitment to teaching” and is 13 based on high school counselors who rated colleges according to which “offer the best education to their students.” Macalester ranks 26 overall and 22 for academic reputation among the 233 national liberal arts colleges in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. The college is 21 for Great Schools, Great Prices and the Best Financial Aid; 17 for international students on campus; and noted for the strength of its study abroad programs.

Top-Notch Liberal Arts College

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The Insider's Guide to the Colleges

“Macalester brings together talented students from around the world in a quiet residential neighborhood of the Twin Cities, which offers the unique experience of both bustling city atmosphere and serene small-town tranquility. It offers a vigorous academic experience coupled with an enjoyable social environment, engaged faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. Macalester is a top-notch liberal arts college.”

Appealing Location...Unlimited Opportunities

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The Hidden Ivies

Based on a survey of college leaders and students, this book describes the character and quality of 63 colleges and universities that “merit similar consideration” along with the Ivy League. “Macalester is one of only a handful of selective undergraduate liberal arts colleges located in a metropolitan setting, a particularly appealing one, which provides unlimited opportunities for community service, internships, cultural, and social outlets.”

One of the Most Intellectual Schools

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Students’ Guide to Colleges

The Students’ Guide was created, written and edited entirely by current college students. The guide provides ten lists, each containing ten schools, offering unique insights into America’s top 100 colleges. Macalester is on the list for the Top 10 Most Intellectual Schools. “At Macalester, we just have a shockingly good time with our academics.” It’s also listed on the Top Schools for Super-Activist Types. “Macalester students have an honest and profound desire to try and make the world a better place.”

Spirit of Social and Political Awareness

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Colleges with a Conscience

“Macalester College boasts not only a strong academic reputation, but also an uncommonly unified spirit of social and political awareness.” Colleges with a Conscience selected Mac as a school that “has both an administration committed to social responsibility and an active engaged student body…where education isn’t only about private gain; it’s also about the public good.” One student explains, “People who come here have a purpose. They know how to commit to a community and engage themselves in meaningful work.”

Alumni Networking...Powerful and Positive

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Barron’s Guide to the Most Competitive Colleges

“Undoubtedly, a Mac education is the ultimate preparation for success in academia, law, medicine, social service and business. But more importantly, Mac is an exceptional environment of life-altering enlightenment, life-changing experiences and lifelong friendships. Alumni networking plays a powerful and positive role in the careers of many Mac graduates.” Written for high-achieving students, Barron’s Guide presents detailed profiles for nearly 70 of the most academically competitive four-year colleges.

One of 20 That Foster Student Success

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Student Success in College

Student Success in College, a book based on a study conducted by a group of higher-education researchers, has identified a group of 20 colleges and universities that create a campus culture shown to foster student success. This list identifies institutions that do an especially good job of educating students. Here’s what they say about Macalester, “The college aims to provide a high-quality education while making certain that students engage intellectually, socially and ethically with pressing issues of the larger community and the world.”

Among 100 Best Campuses for LGBT Students

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Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students

The Advocate guide recognized Macalester as one of the 100 Best Campuses in the United States for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) students. The guide’s 100 profiled campuses were selected based on institutional policies, commitment and support, academic life, housing, student life, counseling and health services, campus safety, and recruitment and retention efforts.

At a Glance

Sustainability The Sierra Club ranks Macalester 7 for sustainability among liberal arts colleges.

Best States Minnesota is number 3 in the US News ranking of best states, data by McKinsey&Company.

Change the World The World Economic Forum ranks Macalester 2 among “best colleges for students who want to change the world.”