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Macalester College Student Life

Macalester College is on a 53-acre campus in an urban setting in St. Paul, Minnesota. Macalester College has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to participate in – chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Macalester College does not have fraternities or sororities.

Macalester College has a thriving Program Board. In fact, more students participate in 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.

Does Macalester College Offer Student Housing?

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 2021, 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 2,049 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 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.

Macalester College Athletics

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
Golf NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Swimming And Diving NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Track And Field NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Cross Country Running 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
Volleyball Intercollegiate Club Teams NCAA Division 3
Water Polo Intercollegiate Club Teams NCAA Division 3
Skiing (Cross Country) Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Tennis Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Basketball NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3
Soccer NCAA Division 3 NCAA Division 3

Safety at Macalester College

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.

Plan a Visit to Macalester College

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.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Minnesota you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Macalester College's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

Keep Reading About Macalester College

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Macalester College Students

59%

Women

41%

Men

98%

Full Time

2%

Part Time

19%

In State

81%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

53%

14%

11%

9%

8%

5%

0.39%

0.34%

0.10%

Undergraduate Students

2,049

Non-Resident / International Students

294

Macalester College Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Women's Center
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Veterans Affairs
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

2,049

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

39%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$60,518

Out-of-State

$60,518

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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