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Macalester College: Narrative Description


1600 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105-1899
Tel: (651)696-6000
Free: 800-231-7974
Admissions: (651)696-6357
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Independent Presbyterian, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1874. Setting: 53-acre urban campus. Endowment: $487 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $13,895 per student. Total enrollment: 1,900. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 4,405 applied, 39% were admitted. 70% from top 10% of their high school class, 96% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 52 National Merit Scholars, 41 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,847 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 53 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 89 other countries, 75% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 3% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 14% international, 0.3% 25 or older, 69% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 92% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; English; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at College of St. Catherine, University of St. Thomas, Augsburg College, Hamline University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Study abroad program. ROTC: Naval (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/3 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/7 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $36,668 includes full-time tuition ($28,642), mandatory fees ($168), and college room and board ($7858). College room only: $4084.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 70 open to all. Most popular organizations: Community Service Organization, student publications, multicultural organization, International Organization, Outing Club. Major annual events: Fall Festival, Springfest, Organization Fair/Welcome Back. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,280 college housing spaces available. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. DeWitt Wallace Library with 448,968 books, 78,180 microform titles, 2,119 serials, 10,107 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.2 million. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, with their suburbs, comprise a metropolitan area with a population of 3 million people. The area is the cultural and economic gateway to the northwest and it abounds in cultural advantages of every sort for students. Great art galleries, theaters for the performing arts, notable choral and instrumental music organizations as well as parks, lakes, and professional sports enrich community life.

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