Macalester College is on a 53-acre campus in the urban setting of St. Paul, Minnesota.
There are many activities and organizations for Macalester College students to join – including chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.
Interested in Greek life? Macalester College does not have fraternities or sororities.
Macalester College has the Program Board. In fact, more students participate in the Program Board than any other on-campus activity.
Other popular student organizations at Macalester College include WMCN - Macalester College Radio, The Mac Weekly, Outing Club and Climbing Club.
Macalester College students' favorite campus traditions are Winter Ball, Springfest and Founders Day.
This table offers information on housing at Macalester College.
|On-Campus Housing||Yes||Required for sophomore|
|Guaranteed Housing||Yes||Guaranteed for freshman|
|Co-ed Housing Available||Yes|
|Housing for Students with Disabilities||No|
|Percentage of Students Living On-Campus||––||62%|
|Spots Available in On-Campus Housing||––||1,300|
|Number of Students Living On-Campus||––||1,300|
|Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus||––||32%|
Macalester College offers housing for students. Students are required to live on campus through sophomore year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.
The majority of Macalester College students live on campus. In 2022, 62% of undergrads at Macalester College lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 32% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Macalester College. There are 1,300 spots available in on-campus housing for all 2,247 undergraduates. In the 2021-2022 school year, 1,300 students chose to live on-campus. On the weekends, about 90% students stay on-campus. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.
Macalester College offers coed housing.
At Macalester College there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.
Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.
Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.
Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.
Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Macalester College:
|Sport||Men's Intramural||Women's Intramural||Men's Division||Women's Division||Men's Scholarships||Women's Scholarships|
|Basketball||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Golf||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Soccer||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Swimming And Diving||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Tennis||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Track And Field||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Cross Country Running||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Indoor Track||√||√||NCAA Division 3||NCAA Division 3|
|Crew||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Ice Hockey||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Rugby||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Ultimate Frisbee||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Skiing (Cross Country)||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.
Macalester College is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Macalester College campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.
Macalester College offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.
Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit Macalester College, take Interstate 94 to St. Paul, MN. If you need to fly, book your flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport.
Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Macalester College's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour
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