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Macalester College

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About Macalester College

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students the inspiration, insight and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Classes are taught by faculty whose passion is teaching and whose scholarship gains national recognition.

At Macalester College we believe that education is a fundamentally transforming experience. As a community of learners, the possibilities for this personal, social, and intellectual transformation extend to us all. We affirm the importance of the intellectual growth of the students, staff and faculty through individual and collaborative endeavor. We believe that this can best be achieved through an environment that values the diverse cultures of our world and recognizes our responsibility to provide a supportive and respectful environment for students, staff and faculty of all cultures and backgrounds.

Campus information

  • Macalester's location in a residential neighborhood—minutes from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis—offers students a wealth of opportunities.
  • Home to 3.5 million people
  • 16th largest metro area in the United States—smaller than New York, larger than St. Louis or Denver.
  • Best place for young job seekers in the country (Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce)
  • Named "America's best bike city" by Bicycling magazine. Two Nice-Rice bike stations are located by campus. You can also check out a bicycle at our library.
  • Our bus system is one of the country's largest transit systems. A bus-stop is conveniently located right on campus.
  • An international airport is only 20 minutes away from Macalester.
  • Grand Avenue is home to 46 restaurants, two bookstores, three bakeries, two grocery stores, and two art galleries as well as a variety of shops and services.
  • The winding, tree-lined streets of Macalester's immediate neighborhood have earned it the nickname "Tangletown," and it is one of St. Paul's most popular neighborhoods.
  • Stretching for four miles through the neighborhood and meandering from the campus to the Mississippi River, Summit Avenue was named one of 10 "great streets" nationally by the American Planning Association in 2008. The boulevard is a favorite for walkers, joggers, and cross-country skiers.



All first-year and sophomore students are required to live on campus. The residence life program has great housing options as well as numerous social and learning opportunities for students based on their class year.  Living in the residence halls provides:

  • Opportunities to learn about yourself and others beyond the classroom.
  • Resident Assistants to help you make the most of living on campus.
  •  Opportunities to be a leader and make a difference.
  • The safety and convenience to live where you learn.

Your Room and Roommate Assignment
We'll do our best to assign you a room and roommate or possibly roommates (we have some triple and quad rooms) based on your preferences. If you are assigned to a residential first-year course, the course location may take priority over your hall or room-type preference. We don't encourage roommate requests, and of the mutual requests we receive, we can accommodate very few.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 3 Humanities & Social Sciences 5 Mass Communication & Media 1


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