1600 Grand Ave

Saint Paul, MN 55105

Macalester College is a nationally ranked, highly selective undergraduate liberal arts and sciences college, one of very few located in the heart of a major metropolitan area.

Applications Accepted: Common App

Do you require test scores for the Class of 2022? No, we are test optional

Admissions policies for Undocumented and DACA Students: Macalester’s long-standing commitment to internationalism and multiculturalism includes a significant financial aid fund for qualified students. The College meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. Admitted undocumented students who are not permitted by law to work in the U.S. would receive an additional Macalester student loan to replace the amount typically earned through student employment.

Forms Required: FAFSA, CSS Profile

Do you meet full need? Yes

We’re committed to making college more accessible and affordable for all of our students. From merit scholarships for academic excellence to need-based aid for financial assistance, Macalester’s financial aid package meets the full demonstrated need of every student we admit.

Additional financial aid information: Through the QuestBridge National College Match application process, students apply to the nation’s best colleges (like Macalester!) and are considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship.

Student Experience

Average Class Size: 16 Students

Retention Rate (percentage of students who return for year two): 90%

6-Year Graduation Rate: 93%

Majors: Click Here

Other Information: Academics are ranked among the top in the U.S., with small classes, individual attention, and collaboration serving as the pillars of the student experience. Students work side by side with professors—in the classroom, in the lab, on stage, on study away, or in more than 50 courses offered each year that partner with Twin Cities’ organizations and businesses. From first-year to capstone courses, intellectual exploration is the foundation of a Macalester education.

Student Population

2,049 Undergraduate Students

U.S. BIPOC Students: 37% (overall)

62% White

12% Latinx

10% Asian

6% Black

9% Two or more races

International: 14%