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Macalester College Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Macalester College. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Macalester College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, 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

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Macalester is ranked #72 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Macalester is also ranked #2 out of 37 schools in Minnesota.

See all of the rankings for Macalester College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Macalester?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Macalester College is a competitive 41%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

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

The student to faculty ratio at Macalester is an impressive 10 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

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

The freshmen retention rate of 93% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Macalester College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  93 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Macalester the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 85%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  85 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Macalester

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,098 undergraduates at Macalester with 2,074 being full-time and 24 being part-time.

Macalester Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Macalester with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $47,600 in their early years. That's great news for Macalester students 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 location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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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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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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