Macalester College

Macalester College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Macalester College Ranked?

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2023 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 164 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is biological and biomedical sciences.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2023 analysis, Macalester is ranked #128 out of 2,241 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Macalester held the #147 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Macalester is also ranked #4 out of 55 schools in Minnesota.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Macalester?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Macalester College is a competitive 39%, 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 59% 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 640 and 720. Math scores were between 640 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Macalester College  ( 640 to 720 )

SAT Math Scores for Macalester College  ( 640 to 730 )
Macalester received ACT scores from 57% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 29 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Macalester College  ( 29 to 33 )

Learn more about Macalester College admissions.

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 83%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  83 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Macalester College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Macalester College has a freshmen retention rate of 90%. 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  90 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

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

Macalester College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,049 undergraduates at Macalester with 2,012 being full-time and 37 being part-time.

How Much Does Macalester College Cost?

The overall average net price of Macalester is $27,764. 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 +
$13,926 $10,543 $15,953 $23,609 $43,202

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 50% of students took out student loans averaging $6,223 a year. That adds up to $24,892 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Macalester is 0.2%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Macalester make around $57,134 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Macalester graduates since it is 34% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 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 57 $47,163
Mathematics 56 $60,896
General Biology 56 $32,091
Computer Information Systems 47 $73,129
Political Science & Government 39 $28,635
Child Development & Psychology 33 NA
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 30 $35,029
International Studies 28 $22,368
Natural Resources Conservation 19 $26,444
Geography & Cartography 15 $28,253

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

Learn more about online learning at Macalester College.

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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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