Macalester College (St. Paul, MN)

posted Feb 1, 2012, 8:11 PM by Berta Liao   [ updated Feb 1, 2012, 8:22 PM ]

Macalester College - also known as "Mac" - is a small liberal arts college located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, which is in the Midwestern part of the United States.


Location
Although many people may think, Midwest = boring, the Twin Cities is quite a vibrant place to live. There is a population of about 5 million people, and while most people are white (and mostly Northern European following the Lutheran faith), it is also 15% non-white. There is a sizable Asian population, including the largest urban Hmong (an Asian ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand) community and the largest Somali population in the United States. Many top U.S. companies including Target, 3M, and  General Mills make their headquarters there. The world-famous Mayo Clinic is also nearby.


Distinctions
Mac is unusual in its urban location, since most liberal arts colleges are found in rural areas. The school has a total student population of just under 2,000 students. Despite the small size, the school is ranked #18 among U.S. liberal arts colleges in the number of doctoral degrees in all fields awarded to its graduates between 1996 and 2005. The school is known for having an international focus, being politically and socially active (on the liberal end of the scale), a strong campus community, and being very intellectual. The Class of 2011 included 3 Fulbright scholars. 


Famous Alumni
Kofi Annan (former UN Secretary-General), Walter Mondale (former Vice President of the U.S.)

Campus Personality "Color" Type
I
'd say this is a "Blue" campus because the students are known for being socially aware and caring.

Photo source: Macalester College

The school also has a pretty good sense of humor. Check out this YouTube video featuring the Macalester President!


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