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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.

Bachelor's programmes

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



The Founder’s Vision. 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.


Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program known for its high standards for scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.


Resources for enriched investigation. Macalester students enjoy a wealth of resources for research on and off campus–specialized laboratories, libraries, museum collections, distinct population groups for surveys, even a natural history center. Often students undertake research that makes real contributions to their discipline. They publish papers in scholarly journals, participate in conferences, and provide analysis for policy makers and real-world use.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

Student Life

Sports facilities

  • Intercollegiate competition: NCAA Division III
  • Intramural participants: 531
  • Men's VarsityBaseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor)
  • Women's VarsityBasketball, cross country, golf, soccer, fastpitch, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball, water polo
  • Club SportsCrew, hockey, Nordic skiing, rugby, ultimate frisbee, coed club volleyball, men's water polo

Student clubs

Student organizations: 126

If you have an interest there is likely a student organization that supports it, from a knitting club to rugby to economic development. And if the group doesn't exist, you can easily create one.

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States