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1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
United States

Bachelor's Degree
At Macalester College, students experience the best of both worlds—the inspiring academic program of a liberal arts and sciences education, combined with the energy and opportunities of the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Academics are ranked among the top in the U.S., with small classes, individual attention, and collaboration serving as the pillars of the student experience.

With nearly 2,100 students coming from 99 countries and all 50 states, students find richer discussions and a deeper understanding of the world through experiences in and outside the classroom.

Internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society are the values which shape Macalester’s campus culture, empowering students to create positive change and make a difference in the world. The United Nations flag has flown on campus since 1950 and student-led social movements have been happening since the 1960s, symbols of Macalester’s commitment to world peace and understanding.
The following information should help you understand the cost of attending college. Keep in mind that most students receive a financial aid package (grants and scholarships) which lowers their out-of-pocket cost. This is reflected on the net price information, if available.
Living On-Campus
Living Off-Campus
Living with Family
The amounts above pertain to first-time full-time undergraduate students and include tuition and fees, housing and meals, transportation, and personal expenses. Use these estimated amounts as a reference for building your annual budget for attending this institution.
Average Net Price $30,939 / year

This is the average annual amount that first-time, full-time undergraduate students pay at this institution after subtracting all grants and scholarships from the cost of attendance.

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Net cost after grants and scholarships by income
$0-$30,000: $11,680
$30,001-$48,000: $11,010
$48,001-$75,000: $17,727
$75,001-$110,000: $23,983
Over $110,000: $39,494

This net price data shows the average amount students have paid, according to their family income, after subtracting all grants and scholarships.

Student/Faculty Ratio
Size of Student Body
Average Class Size
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Breakdown by Race
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic: 10%
Asian: 8%
White: 54%
Two or more races: 8%
International Students: 13%
Unknown: 1%
Breakdown by Age
19 and Younger: 49%
20 to 24: 51%
Breakdown by Gender
Men: 43%
Women: 57%

Graduation Rate for Four-Year Programs
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Completers within 6 years by race
Black or African American: 93%
Hispanic: 84%
Asian: 86%
White: 90%
Two or more races: 89%
Completers within 6 years by gender
Men: 88%
Women: 91%
Retention Rate
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Retention Rate By Type
Full-time: 96%
Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

The following information pertains to first-time full-time undergraduate students.

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Average amount of aid awarded to full-time first-time undergraduates
State/Local grant aid: $4,968
Institutional grant aid: $34,120
Federal grant aid: $5,935
Average amount of grant aid awarded by income (all sources)
$0-$30,000: $57,127
$30,001-$48,000: $60,510
$48,001-$75,000: $55,100
$75,001-$110,000: $47,444
Over $110,000: $27,851
School Scholarships
Required Forms: FAFSA
Title IV (FAFSA) School Code:

This section shows the median debt graduates incurred to complete their degree at this institution.

Median Cumulative Debt by Degree Type
  • Bachelor's Degree: $23,250
Percent of Graduates With Loans
  • Bachelor's Degree: 58%

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  • Accepts dual credits
  • Accepts exam-based credits
Application Timelines

Financial Aid Application Deadline

Applications for need-based financial aid should be completed by January 15 for the regular decision plan.

Regular Decision Deadline

January 15

Early Action Deadline

November 1

Early Decision Deadline

Early Decision I-November 1; Early Decision II-January 1

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