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For Immediate Release Contact:
Barbara K. Laskin/ Doug Stone
August 19, 2005 (651) 696-6203

Macalester ranks 25th in U.S. News & World Report rankings

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."

The college was ranked 7th nationally in the category "Great Schools, Great Prices," a ranking based on academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of financial aid.

U.S. News cited Macalester's study abroad program in its "Programs to Look For" section, along with those of 21 other colleges and universities.

Under "Economic Diversity," Macalester is ranked 11th in the number of students receiving Federal Pell Grants (financial aid which does not have to be repaid), and Mac is ranked fourth in the number of international students.

Macalester's ranking in faculty resources also improved to 49th (up from 61st last year). This category measures such things as size of classes, student-faculty ratio and faculty salaries.

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.

The college was also ranked 18th in student selectivity, the same as last year. This category 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 (rate of students admitted to applicants). On all three of those measures, Macalester improved from the previous year.

The top three liberal arts schools in the survey, as they were last year, are Williams, Amherst and Swarthmore.


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