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Macalester College

Macalester College

Macalester College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college that emphasizes academic excellence in the context of internationalism, multiculturalism, and a commitment to civic engagement.

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

Two great cities at your doorstep. Macalester is nestled in a lovely, residential neighborhood–minutes from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis–which offers students a wealth of internship opportunities in business, finance, medicine, government, law, the arts, and more.

Global neighborhood in your dorm. Macalester students are citizens of over 90 countries. Before your first class begins, you will have already started learning by sharing the college experience with new friends from around the world.

Faculty who know how to make a difference. Our faculty earned their advanced degrees from some of the best schools in the world, and they remain thought-leaders in their fields. You'll have direct access to them since nearly 70% of classes have fewer than 20 students. They care about your future.

Resources for enriched investigation. Macalester students enjoy a wealth of resources for research on and off campus–specialized laboratories, libraries, museum collections, distinct population groups for surveys, even a natural history center. Often students undertake research that makes real contributions to their discipline. They publish papers in scholarly journals, participate in conferences, and provide analysis for policy makers and real-world use.


Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program known for its high standards for scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.


Midnight Breakfast: Universally recognized as the best study break, Midnight Breakfast is a tradition held at the end of fall semester. We repeat, you eat breakfast at nighttime, one of the most brilliant ideas!

Founder's Day: Every year, we recognize Macalester’s birthday and its founders with a campus-wide party. Come to the Campus Center for cake, drinks, bagpipes, dancing, music, and lots of fun. Don’t forget to dress your best for this annual Macalester tradition.

The Poetry Slam, a beloved campus tradition, is a way for students to express themselves through words and rhymes. Audience members vote for the top three spoken-word artists, who go on to compete for prizes.

Ring the Bell: Macalester’s bell sits outside of Weyerhaeuser Hall, our main administrative building and home to the Admissions Office. The bell was a gift from the classes of 1927 and 1928. We've heard it was the first bell in Minnesota, delivered in 1850. It’s a Macalester tradition to ring the bell after your first Macalester romantic encounter.

Push Ball: The object of this game is exactly as it sounds—you have to push the ball. But first, add 50 rowdy Mac students, all competing for honor and glory. Then, make the ball inflatable and about 8 feet in diameter. Finally, plop the whole bunch—students and ball—in a field of slippery, freshly-fallen snow. Now you have Macalester’s recently-revived tradition of pushball. Play it to believe it.

Student Life:

All first-year and sophomore students are required to live on-campus. About one fourth of the junior class and one fifth of the senior class also live on campus.

With over 90 student organizations, if you have an interest there is likely a student organization that supports it, from a knitting club to rugby to economic development. And if the group doesn't exist, you can easily create one.

Students participate in varisty sports, as well as intramural and club sports.



The Scots
The athletic teams of Macalester College are nicknamed the Scots.

Macalester College today:

Macalester’s rich and diverse curriculum includes over 800 courses each year, taught by faculty who are recognized nationally for their scholarship and discoveries. It offers nearly 60 areas of study.


Macalester has an enrollment of approximately 2,070 students from 48 U.S. states, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Famous graduates:

Kofi Atta Annan (born April 8, 1938) is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the United Nations were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize "for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world." He is the founder and the Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as being the chairman of The Elders, a group founded by Nelson Mandela.

Danai Jekesai Gurira (born February 14, 1978) is a Zimbabwean American actress and playwright, best known for her role as Michonne on The Walking Dead, an AMC television horror drama series, and as the writer of the Tony Award-winning play Eclipsed.

Interesting facts about Macalester College:

Three out of five Mac students study abroad.

Want to catch a show? Only New York City has more theater seats per capita than the Twin Cities.