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Macalester College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
2,005
Total Undergrads
Including 46 Part-time
515
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

58% Women
42% Men

Athletics

NCAA Division III (with football)

Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Other

  • Football

Total Varsity Sports

Coaches

9
Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $65,845)
10
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $58,200)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 105 119 - -
Baseball 31 - - -
Basketball 18 17 - Yes
Football 69 - - -
Golf 7 5 - -
Soccer 48 43 - Yes
Softball - 15 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 11 18 - -
Tennis 13 12 - -
Volleyball - 15 - Yes
Water Polo - 12 Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Mountaineering/Climbing - - Yes -
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - - Yes

Diversity

Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8.5%
Black/non-Hispanic 4.0%
Hispanic 4.1%
Non-resident alien 11.3%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 4.9%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 66.3%
Disabilities
Percent of students with disability 6%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
Living
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 19 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Radio Station
Other
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 7
Property Crime 4

Notable Alumni

  • Andy Cohen, TV visionary and creator of "The Real Housewives" Bravo TV series
  • Ari Emanuel, talent agent for celebrities (basis for the character Ari Gold on HBO's "Entourage")
  • Charles Baxter, author and National Book Award winner
  • Charles M. Young, "Rolling Stone" writer
  • Julie Benz, "Dexter" actress
  • Tim O'Brien, author "The Things They Carried"
  • Walter Mondale, 42nd Vice President of the United States
  • Will Sheff, singer and guitarist of indie band Okkervil River
  • Kofi Annan, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Autumn from Cleveland, OH
  • 4
  • It really depends on which dorm you live in. There are some dorms that are aesthetically more pleasing, but others that have a better sense of community. In reality your…

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Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Christina from Minneapolis, MN
  • Nov-21-2013 I am a past student here

    Cafe Mac is the best! They really invest in sustainable food, and cook it well. There are tons of options for vegans, vegetarians, gluten free and carnivores alike. There is a wealth of cafes and restaurants from thai to afghani around campus as well.

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  • 4
  • GANewSchool
  • Aug-05-2013 I am a current student here

    I've had food from different colleges and universities and I'd have to say that Mac has one of the best! I only gave it 4 stars because the food does start becoming repetitive.

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  • 4
  • Jennifer from Coeur D Alene, ID
  • Jan-04-2013 I am a current student here

    Food is very good, especially if you are a vegan or a vegetarian. Cafeteria always has pasta, pizza, salad, fruit, burgers, Asian food, and international food options. Things do tend to cycle but overall quality of food is good.

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  • 4
  • Rowan from Finlayson, MN
  • Nov-23-2012 I am a current student here

    If you have any dietary restrictions, Mac is very accomodating. There are always vegan and gluten-free options, and the catering staff is very accessible if you have further concerns. Don't go into school here expecting a diet of cheese pizza, mac&cheese, and ramen--Cafe Mac never serves it. Very nice selection of healthy foods, amazing salad bar (feta cheese and kalamata olive amazing!), wide variety of foods, and nice variation throughout the week. My only complaint would be about their policies surrounding the cafe. You aren't allowed to take food or coffee out of the Cafe (except pastries and fruit), and if you want to downsize your meal plan they don't offer you a lot of other options, but still charge you the same price. As far as I know, these things are being worked on at this time, however.

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  • 4
  • AA from Saint Paul, MN
  • Jun-25-2012 I am a current student here

    Because there is only one cafeteria on campus, students get tired of it easily. Although, it offers a lot of different options.

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  • 4
  • Autumn from Cleveland, OH
  • May-19-2012 I am a current student here

    Cafe Mac is a great place to eat when compared to other colleges. Since you have to be on the meal-plan first and second year, there are times when you get sick of Cafe Mac. It's the only dining hall on campus, so it is nice to eat with everyone.

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  • 5
  • Kaspar from Iowa City, IA
  • Feb-28-2012 I am a current student here

    you will be hard-pressed to find a cafeteria with more variety and better food quality. macalester makes it incredibly easy to eat healthy and to eat a wide variety of foods. it is also extremely easy to be a vegan or vegetarian as everything is clearly labeled.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Rowan from Finlayson, MN
  • Nov-23-2012 I am a current student here

    Mac doesn't have any Greek life, but we do have super cool options for living outside dorms! We have a cultural house, language houses, an eco house and many others. Also, if you are interested in an alternative to the meal plan, you can apply to live in the Veggie Coop where residents take turn buying groceries and cooking vegetarian meals for the entire building. Even if you're not a vegetarian, a lot of people really love living there!

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