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Students walking on the Macalester campus in spring.
Students walking on the Macalester campus in spring.

Macalester College

Where ideas and intellectual curiosity matter

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College Rankings

The rankings are in—recent national assessments have listed Macalester as one of the nation’s top liberal arts schools.

Nina Porst standing in a park in Denmark. A pond and several trees are visible behind her.


Nina Porst ՚08 works to advance clean energy, green technologies, and sustainability initiatives in Denmark.

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An education that extends beyond campus

Students of the world

Our mission focuses on creating a culture of diversity and justice in an interconnected world. We explore cultural narratives and beliefs, build an inclusive community, and create spaces where everyone can grow. Coursework connects ideas across cultures and continents, preparing students to articulate ideas on a global scale.

Community of collaborators

With a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, Macalester professors and students dig into real-world issues to create dialogues that stem from curiosity and lead to deeper understanding.

Agents of change

Students bring a passion for effecting change and Macalester nurtures that passion. Because even small acts of advocacy can create big opportunities for creating positive change.