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

Macalester College is a nationally ranked, highly selective undergraduate liberal arts and sciences college, one of very few located in the heart of a major metropolitan area. Macalester’s location in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis amplifies the College’s demanding academic program and commitments to internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. Macalester’s 2,100 students come from 95 countries and all 50 US states. Macalester graduates thrive in a global economy, gain access to top graduate programs, and make a positive impact on 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
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  • International students are eligible for: Merit-based scholarship; need-based aid
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $77,123


  • 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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