Macalester College Visit Report by Yawnmom

Visit to Macalester College in June 2019 by Yawnmom
(Student)
(Member since June 18 2019 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: No - We were visiting schools my daughter had already been admitted to.

Information Session: No - Speaker was friendly but distant; we did not feel comfortable approaching him with questions. The information session was essentially a slide show that focused on three students.

Campus Tour: Yes - Very unfortunate. We had a freshman who didn't know much, and tried her best, but was just too green. An experienced guide person went with our group, but he didn't say anything. Not great.

Classroom Visit: Yes - Daughter felt that she would fit in well with the classroom discussion, and would be right in the middle of the intellect curve. Great classroom experience.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
We were ignored by every single student in the cafeteria. They all looked depressed, tired, tense, looking down at phones. Very, very quiet---no laughing, only quiet discussions.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
The admissions lady was very nice, very chatty. Other than her, we didn't have any interactions with staff, and they didn't seem to encourage it. Our admissions counselor never came out to



Appearance of Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Beautiful campus. Snow everywhere, but lovely.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Seemed fine.



Dormitories:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
Seemed adequate, but room was small and student was on her bed, working on computer. She did not look up or greet us. Hallways are narrow and ceiling felt low. Not unusual for colleges.



Security/Safety:
N/A. Had no sense of this one way or the other.



Overall Campus Impression:
2 - Fair
2 - Fair
Mac had been my daughter's first choice. After our visit, she didn't want to go there. Students just seemed so...depressed. Exhausted. Stressed. It didn't seem like a healthy place for


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Great neighborhood



City/Town/Community:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Great city

Campus Visit Notes for Macalester College


Visit Description:

We had expected to absolutely love Macalester, and my daughter came away feeling that (a) She would by far be the most social person of any friend groups she made, and she's actually fairly shy. (b) The students did not seem happy. This overshadowed our entire visit---and other than the admissions lady, we got the distinct impression that nobody cared if we were there or not. We did not feel welcomed by the intro session, and our senior tour guide was stand-offish. It felt like they felt they were doing us a favor to be there for us.

We toured St. Olaf the following day, and fell in love. Could not have been more different---happy, talking, laughing, goofy students. Buildings full of light. Staff that went out of their way to be friendly to us. Students who went out of their way to be nice to us. Got a strong sense of family there---and we felt welcome. When my daughter and I went home, we were both just like--wow, that was a no-brainer. We got thank-you notes from our guide, and from all sorts of other people. My daughter cannot wait to attend!

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

Avoid the Holiday Inn by the big civic center in St. Paul.

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

Uber was easy.