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Macalester College Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Macalester College, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Macalester College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Macalester College was awarded 45 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is social sciences.

Overall Quality

Macalester landed the #72 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Macalester held the #138 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 37 colleges in Minnesota, Macalester is ranked at #2.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Macalester?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Macalester College you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 41%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 45% of students accepted to Macalester submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 660 and 740. Math scores were between 640 and 740.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Macalester College  ( 660 to 740 )

SAT Math Scores for Macalester College  ( 640 to 740 )
Macalester received ACT scores from 66% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 29 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for Macalester College  ( 29 to 32 )

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Macalester College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Macalester, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 10 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Macalester College is 78%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  78 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Macalester College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Macalester College has a freshmen retention rate of 93%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  93 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Macalester for first-time, full-time students is 85%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  85 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Macalester College.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Macalester

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,136 undergraduates at Macalester with 2,093 being full-time and 43 being part-time.

Macalester Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 96.33 out of 100, Macalester is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  96.33 out of 100
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How Much Does Macalester College Cost?

The overall average net price of Macalester is $25,783. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Macalester

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,466 $14,704 $17,682 $26,313 $39,102

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Macalester, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Macalester, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $6,100 a year. That adds up to $24,400 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Macalester is 0.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Macalester Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Macalester make about $47,600 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Macalester graduates since it is 20% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Macalester College make the most money.

Location of Macalester College

Macalester College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Macalester College

Contact details for Macalester are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1600 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105-1899
Phone: 651-696-6000

Macalester College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 69 $61,300
Political Science & Government 64 $34,700
Computer Information Systems 58 $64,600
Mathematics 52 $57,300
International Studies 43 $21,500
General Biology 41 $25,600
Child Development & Psychology 39 NA
Geography & Cartography 36 $21,200
Chemistry 25 NA
Natural Resources Conservation 21 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Macalester College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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