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Macalester College

At Macalester College, we’re painting a different picture of what a liberal arts education can be—one where challenging academics inspire personal, social, and intellectual growth.

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Humanities (2)
Social Sciences (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Education & Training (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)



Macalester College was founded in 1874 with a commitment to making it one of the finest colleges in the country. Its founder, the Rev. Edward Duffield Neill, served as a chaplain in the Civil War and held positions in three U.S. presidential administrations.


With special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society, a Macalester education prepares students to thrive in a globally connected world.


The mission of the Office of Institutional Research is to collect, analyze, and interpret data that improves understanding of the qualities and characteristics of education at Macalester, supports institutional planning and decision-making, and aids in policy and program development.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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Student services

Since 1986, Macalester has welcomed students from the United World Colleges (UWC), a network of International Baccalaureate schools designed for students interested in gaining leadership and cross-cultural skills in a global context.

Housing services

First Year Halls

  • Doty Hall
  • Dupre Hall (first-years and sophomores)
  • Turck Hall
  • Bigelow Hall (first-years and sophomores)
Sophomore Halls
  • 30 Mac
  • Bigelow Hall
  • Wallace Hall
  • Dupre Hall
Sophomore and Upper Class Areas
  • Cottages
  • George Draper Dayton (GDD) Hall
  • Grand Cambridge Apartments
  • Kirk Hall

Library services

It is our sincere pleasure to welcome you to the DeWitt Wallace Library. We pride ourselves in offering an open and inclusive environment. Our primary mission is to support the educational goals and informational needs of the Macalester community. We do, however, happily open our doors to public.

ICT services

Macalester College’s wireless network uses your username and password to connect, an authentication method that provides a more secure wireless experience. Detailed connection guides are provided for the most common computing devices.

Student Life

Campus life

The Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center fosters community by providing centralized facilities and services for programs which encourage interaction, fulfill daily needs, promote development, embrace diversity, generate revenue and cultivate connections to the college.

Sports facilities

The Macalester Club Sports Program is designed to provide opportunities for students to participate and compete in a variety of sports activities not offered on the varsity level at the College. These activities are competitive in nature.A club sport is initiated, organized, and operated by Macalester students who share a common interest in specific sports activity. In addition to sport skill development, Club Sports also provide students with learning experiences and leadership opportunities through involvement in club organizations, administration, budgeting, scheduling and fundraising.

Student clubs

What you do outside the classroom is just as important as what you do in it. There are 100+ student organizations and new ones are being formed all the time. From sketch comedy to knitting to managing a real mutual fund, Macalester’s student organizations are as diverse as our student body. Go ahead, try out the Scrabble club or Mac Rocketry. It’s up to you.

Student Reviews

Mind-blowing Minnesota
Arlinda Osmanoviq rated 5 out of 5 stars

Macalester College is part of Little Ivy colleges in the USA. The university embraces all kinds of nationalities and provides the students with really good resources to study. Professor - student communication is excellent. Improvement: More active student clubs.

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States


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