Macalester College requires a minimum of 128 semester hours to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
There is no accelarated degree program at Macalester College, but students who wish to save money or graduate early can look into transferring in credits. Macalester College accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Macalester College does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 90% of students who start college at Macalester College complete all the credits required within six years.
Macalester College offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Macalester College may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Macalester College has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are required to fulfill a language requirement
Students do not have to take a computer class.
Reminder: Check with Macalester College directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Macalester College students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Macalester College.
Student Designed Majors
Macalester College allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Students are not required to complete a senior project unless it is required for their specific major.
Double Majoring at Macalester College
Macalester College offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Declaring a double major may require more work but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to a graduate program.
✅ Macalester College does offer services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
❌ Macalester College does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.
✅ Macalester College offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ Macalester College offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at Macalester College.
❌ Students at Macalester College are not required to complete an internship as a graduation requirement.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While Macalester College does not require internships for students of any major, internships can help students gain hands-on work experience for their resume, and explore career paths that interest them without committing to one path.
The main library on campus is the DeWitt Wallace Library and there are no other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.
Macalester College does not have any dual degree programs available for students.
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Macalester College have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every school. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Macalester College has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Macalester College include:
•an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•a Navy ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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