Macalester College is a highly selective, undergraduate, liberal arts & sciences college with a long-standing emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. 

Our 2174 students, representing 97 countries and 76 languages, come to live and learn on a residential campus 15 minutes from St. Paul and Minneapolis, a vibrant area of 3.5 million people. Choosing from 63 areas of study, students enrich their education with internships and research opportunities at 200+ sites within 8 miles (13 km) of campus, and even more nationwide; making graduates highly sought after by top companies and graduate programs around the world.

Basic details

  • Region: West
  • Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Campus setting: Urban
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts College

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 31%
  • Average ACT range: 30-34
  • Average SAT range: 1350-1530 
  • Test optional? No
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Anthropology, Art History, Arts, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama/Theatre Arts, Economics, Education, Ethnic/Cultural Studies, English, Environmental Sciences, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, History, Humanities, International Relations, Languages, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theology/Religion, Urban Studies
  • Full list of majors available:


  • International students are eligible for: Merit-based scholarship; need-based aid
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $71,010


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division III
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football, Men's Athletics / Track and Field, Women's Athletics / Track and field, Men's Baseball, Women's Softball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country, Men's Football / Soccer, Women's Football / Soccer, Men's Golf, Women's Golf, Men's Swimming and Diving, Women''s Swimming and Diving, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyball, Women's Water Polo

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