Macalester College

Macalester College

Macalester College traces its beginnings to two schools set up by Rev. Dr. Edward Duffield Neill in the mid 1800s. The charter for the college was granted in 1874. It became a coeducational institute in 1893. Macalester College now sits on a 53-acres campus in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Macalester College's recent enrollments have been over 1,900 students, including 11% international students.

Macalester College offers a wide variety of degree programs. Courses are available in the fields of art, biology, chemistry, economics, geology, human rights, music, physics and astronomy, urban studies, and gender and sexuality studies, among others.

The Macalester College's sports teams are nicknamed the Scots. They are members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, softball, water polo, and volleyball.

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Macalester College
1600 Grand Ave
Saint Paul , MN 55105-1899
General Phone: (651) 696-6000

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MacAlester Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts272Asian studies, Latin American studies, area studies, women's studies, linguistics, Japanese language, Russian language, German language, French language, ...
Science68biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling32psychology
Religion and Philosophy17philosophy, religion
Fine Arts13fine arts, art history and criticism
Conservation and Resource Management11environmental studies
Drama and Performing Arts5drama
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science
Media0communication studies
Education and Teaching0education

Number of programs and degrees for MacAlester in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree44641

MacAlester Student Body

In 2007-2008, MacAlester had a total enrollment of 1,920 students (1,999 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 65%
Black 4%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 8%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 12%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 46%
20-21 44%
22-24 7%
25-29 0%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)14%
New York7%
North Dakota1%
New Jersey1%
Rhode Island1%
South Dakota1%

MacAlester Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 94 %

MacAlester Room and Board (2007)

MacAlester offers campus housing for 1,297 of its 1,999 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of St. Paul, Minnesota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Minnesota Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

MacAlester Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal640740
SAT Math630710
SAT Writing630730
ACT Verbal2934
ACT Math2731
ACT Composite2832

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT70%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT56%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

MacAlester Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 36,504
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 36,504
Room and board $ 8,472
Room charge $ 4,508
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,964
Books and supplies $ 924
Other expenses $ 830

Financial Aid:
MacAlester participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 235800)

MacAlester Faculty

MacAlester has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2223
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1319

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year34$111,26516$105,213
Associate professoracademic year19$83,07922$83,820
Assistant professoracademic year27$65,59932$63,243
Instructoracademic year6$53,5208$53,086
All faculty totalacademic year86$86,67278$76,614

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

MacAlester Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Other
Basketball Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

MacAlester Degree Programs (2007)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Area Studies, Other
Asian Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
International/Global Studies
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric


Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets MacAlester Apart:

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