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IPEDS ID: 173902
OPE ID: 00235800
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Macalester College
1600 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105-1899
General information:  (651) 696-6000
Website:  www.macalester.edu
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  2,070 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  10 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges--Arts & Sciences
Religious Affiliation
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
5%
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2012Full timePart time
Total faculty17461
Instructional17453
Research and public service08
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$40,046$42,021$43,693$45,3883.9%
Books and supplies$990$1,010$1,050$1,0802.9%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$9,078$9,396$9,726$10,0683.5%
Other$870$888$924$9421.9%
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$50,984$53,315$55,393$57,4783.8%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2011-2012
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid138380%————
Grant or scholarship aid35474%$10,534,964$29,760
Federal grants8418%$445,005$5,298
Pell grants8418%$352,005$4,191
Other federal grants316%$93,000$3,000
State/local government grant or scholarships306%$108,329$3,611
Institutional grants or scholarships35474%$9,981,630$28,197
Student loan aid28760%$1,669,515$5,817
Federal student loans25153%$1,344,112$5,355
Other student loans5812%$325,403$5,610
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid11,53176%$43,646,654$28,509
Pell grants30515%$1,234,470$4,047
Federal student loans99049%$6,257,190$6,320
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2009-20102010-20112011-2012
Average net price$22,225$22,376$23,555
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2009-20102010-20112011-2012
$0 – $30,000$11,741$12,342$11,062
$30,001 – $48,000$10,539$12,674$13,636
$48,001 – $75,000$12,922$17,790$16,614
$75,001 – $110,000$20,469$20,226$20,279
$110,001 and more$31,067$33,069$36,096
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2012
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)2,070
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment13
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 98%
Part-time: 2%Student Gender:
Male: 40%
Female: 60%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 7%
Black or African American: 3%
Hispanic/Latino: 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 66%
Two or more races: 5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 13%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 100%
25 and over: 0%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 15%
Out-of-state: 70%
Foreign countries: 15%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2011.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $40
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants6,6832,6054,078
Percent admitted34%33%35%
Percent admitted who enrolled24%26%23%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT32659%
ACT31256%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading620740
SAT Math610710
SAT Writing630720
ACT Composite2932
ACT English3034
ACT Math2732
ACT Writing89
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 94%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Returned in Fall 2012
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 96 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2012.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2006
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 90%
Transfer-out rate: 9%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 85%
6-year: 88%
8-year: 88%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 89%
Female: 90%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2006 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 89%
Black or African American: 95%
Hispanic/Latino: 93%
White: 88%
Non-resident alien: 95%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2006 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization0
Latin American Studies6
Women's Studies4
Category total10
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General50
Neuroscience7
Category total57
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies6
Category total6
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General11
Category total11
Education
Education, General0
Category total0
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing16
English Language and Literature, General23
Category total39
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature7
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General8
French Language and Literature4
German Language and Literature4
Japanese Language and Literature9
Linguistics7
Russian Language and Literature3
Spanish Language and Literature5
Category total47
History
History, General14
Category total14
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies1
Category total1
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General26
Category total26
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies5
International/Global Studies41
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other0
Category total46
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies17
Category total17
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy9
Religion/Religious Studies10
Category total19
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General10
Geology/Earth Science, General7
Physics, General16
Category total33
Psychology
Psychology, General32
Category total32
Social Sciences
Anthropology26
Economics, General41
Geography33
Political Science and Government, General38
Sociology10
Category total148
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation4
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General4
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other2
Fine/Studio Arts, General8
Music, General12
Category total30
Grand total536
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined11097
Baseball29
Basketball1714
Football76
Golf68
Soccer3943
Softball14
Swimming and Diving1314
Tennis1110
Volleyball21
Water Polo12
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission 1/1/1913 - 1/1/1914Terminated
1/1/1915 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs7/1/1971 - 7/1/1986Resigned
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations010
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible726
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault010
Burglary423
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible726
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault010
Burglary310
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate0.6%1.8%
Number in default25
Number in repayment300273
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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