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Barbara Laskin

Macalester ranks 24th in 2007 U.S. News & World Report
Mac also named by the New York Times, Newsweek/Kaplan,
the Princeton Review and the Advocate College Guide

St. Paul, Minn. -  Macalester College is ranked 24th, up one from last year, among the 215 national liberal arts colleges in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings released last week. Macalester is tied with Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
For the third year in a row, the college dramatically improved its ranking in alumni giving. The rate of giving moved from 42 to 45 percent, and the national ranking in that category is now 30th, up from 43rd. This category is based the average percentage of alumni who gave to their school during 2003–04 and 2004–05.

The college was ranked 9th 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 need-based financial aid.

U.S. News cited Macalester's study abroad program in its "Programs to Look For" section, along with those of 19 other colleges and universities.
Macalester is ranked fifth in the number of “International Students,” and under "Economic Diversity," Macalester is ranked 13th in the number of students receiving federal Pell Grants (financial aid which does not have to be repaid).

Macalester's ranking in faculty resources also improved to 41st (up from 49th last year). This category measures such things as size of classes, student-faculty ratio and faculty salaries.

Under the heading, “Graduation and Retention Rank,” Macalester’s ranking improved over last year’s from 36 to 35 percent. This measure has two components: six-year graduation rate (80 percent of the retention score) and freshman retention rate (20 percent).

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

In other ranking news, the New York Times listed Macalester in a special education issue as one of 20 “Hidden Gems…Off the Beaten Path;”  Newsweek/Kaplan “named Macalester as one of “America's 25 New Elite 'Ivies,’” in its 2007 “How to Get into College” Guide.  Last year, the publication named Macalester the “Hottest Liberal Arts College.”

Macalester is once again part of the Princeton Review’s Best 361 Colleges Guide appearing in seven categories, including “Best Quality of Life,” and new this year, “Lots of Race/Class Interaction.” The guide uses feedback from more than 115,000 students across the nation. 

And the Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, in its first edition released in August, recognized Macalester as one of the 100 Best Campuses for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) students. The guide, published by Alyson Books in partnership with The Advocate magazine, profiles 100 colleges and universities from across the country that offer resources and create a positive living and learning environment for LGBT students.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,841 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.