Macalester College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$58,248
3.9% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$35,589
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
0.292%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
38.7%
6,373 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
2,049
98.2% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
92.6%
500 Graduates

About

Macalester College is a higher education institution located in Ramsey County, MN. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Macalester College were General Mathematics (60 degrees awarded), Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (55 degrees), and General Computer & Information Sciences (43 degrees).

In 2020, 605 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Macalester College. 57.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.8% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (367 degrees), 8.34 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (44 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Macalester College is $58,248, which is $29,848 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Macalester College is $58,248, which is $29,848 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $35,589.

In 2020, 82% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 44% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$58,248
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Macalester College was $58,248. The cost of tuition at Macalester College is $29,848 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$35,589
2020 Value
13.1%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Macalester College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $35,589. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Macalester College grew by 13.1%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,592
Room and Board
$1,191
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Macalester College was of $12,592 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,191. The cost of room and board increased by 3.59% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.97% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

82%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
44%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

82% of undergraduate students at Macalester College received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 1.23% with respect to 2019, when 81% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.292%
2018 Default Rate
1
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Macalester College was 0.292%, which represents 1 out of the 343 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Macalester College received 6,373 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 3.41% annual decline. Out of those 6,373 applicants, 2,466 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 38.7% acceptance rate.

There were 2,049 students enrolled at Macalester College in 2020, and 59% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Macalester College has an overall enrollment yield of 22.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

38.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
2,466
Accepted Out of 6,373

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Macalester College was 38.7% (2,466 admissions from 6,373 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 32.3%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −3.41%, while admissions grew by 15.8%.

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SAT Scores

59%
Submission Percentage
323
Scores Submitted

59% of enrolled first-time students at Macalester College in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Macalester College has a total enrollment of 2,049 students. The full-time enrollment at Macalester College is 2,012 students and the part-time enrollment is 37. This means that 98.2% of students enrolled at Macalester College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Macalester College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 53.2% White, 10.6% Hispanic or Latino, 8.54% Asian, 7.71% Two or More Races, 4.78% Black or African American, 0.342% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0976% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Macalester College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (30.9%), followed by White Male (22.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.96%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

98.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Macalester College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,049 students. The full-time enrollment at Macalester College is 2,012 and the part-time enrollment is 37. This means that 98.2% of students enrolled at Macalester College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

90%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Macalester College was 90%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Macalester College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,090
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    217
  3. Asian
    175

The enrolled student population at Macalester College is 53.2% White, 10.6% Hispanic or Latino, 8.54% Asian, 7.71% Two or More Races, 4.78% Black or African American, 0.342% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0976% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 8 students (0.39%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 87 more women than men received degrees from Macalester College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Macalester College is white (367 degrees awarded). There were 8.34 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (44 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Macalester College is General Mathematics (60 degrees awarded), followed by Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (55 degrees) and General Computer & Information Sciences (43 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Macalester College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Philosophy and Religious Studies (24 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (47 degrees), and Math & Statistics (60 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Macalester College are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (350,187 people), Other managers (302,073 people), Postsecondary teachers (253,432 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (159,677 people), and Secondary school teachers (156,187 people).

The most specialized majors at Macalester College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (24 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (47 degrees), Math & Statistics (60 degrees), Physical Sciences (46 degrees), and Social Sciences (135 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Macalester College are Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Dentists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Macalester College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (24 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (47 degrees), Math & Statistics (60 degrees), Physical Sciences (46 degrees), and Social Sciences (135 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Macalester College are Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (465,645 people), Elementary & secondary schools (461,202 people), Computer Systems Design (275,706 people), Legal services (272,583 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (194,132 people).

The most specialized majors at Macalester College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (24 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (47 degrees), Math & Statistics (60 degrees), Physical Sciences (46 degrees), and Social Sciences (135 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Macalester College.
Most Common
  1. 60 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 55 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 43 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Macalester College was General Mathematics with 60 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

259
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
346
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 259 degrees were awarded to men at Macalester College, which is 0.749 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (346).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 36 degrees were awarded to men at Macalester College in Econometrics & Quantitative Economics, which is 1.89 times more than the 19 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 32 degrees were awarded to women at Macalester College in General Biological Sciences, which is 2.91 times more than the 11 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

85%
100% Completion Time
90%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 85% of students graduating from Macalester College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 90% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 90% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Macalester College is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    367 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    44 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    39 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Macalester College is white (367 degrees awarded). There were 8.34 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (44 degrees).

0.496% of degree recipients (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    204 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    163 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    29 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Macalester College is white female (204 degrees awarded). There were 1.25 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (163 degrees).

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Operations

Macalester College has an endowment valued at nearly $692M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $−NaNM (−3.66%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Macalester College had a total salary expenditure of $122M. Macalester College employs 78 Professors, 44 Associate professors, and 35 Assistant professors. Most academics at Macalester College are Male Professors (40), Female Professors(38), and Male Associate professors (24).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Macalester College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 86 employees, Management, with 74 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 72 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$692M
2020 Endowment
7.64%
decline from 2019

Macalester College has an endowment valued at about $692M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Macalester College declined 7.64% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $652M higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.06M - Federal
  2. $135k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Macalester College received $1.06M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $135k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$52.1M
2020 Salaries
1.58%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Macalester College paid a median of $52.1M in salaries, which represents 42.6% of their overall expenditure ($122M) and a 1.58% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.75% growth from 2018 and a 2.1% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$19.3M
Instructional Salaries
196
Number of Employees

In 2020, Macalester College paid a total of $19.3M to 196 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
78 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
86 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Macalester College were Professor with 78 employees; Associate professor with 44 employees; and Associate professor with 35 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Macalester College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 86 employees; Management with 74 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 72 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Macalester College was Male Professor with 40 employees, Female Professor with 38 employees, and Male Associate professor with 24 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Macalester College.

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