Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Macalester College is one of the state's oldest and most celebrated institutions of higher education. The school was initially founded in 1874 by the Rev. Edward Duffield Neill, a Civil War veteran and presidential advisor who had helped shape the religious and educational development of Minnesota. With the help of Philadelphia fancier and businessman Charles Macalester, along with the Presbyterian Church, Neill's vision of a private, religiously-affiliated college came to fruition in 1885. While Macalester has always retained its relationship with the Presbyterian Church, from the start it accepted a non-denominational policy toward all students' education. Over the next century, Macalester benefitted from the strong and ambitious guidance of its leadership to become one of the state's most respected colleges. Today, the school continues to provide excellent service and education to the communities of the Twin Cities and students from around the world.
According to its mission statement, Macalester College "is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program known for its high standards for scholarship and its special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism and service to society."
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment at Macalester College have access to the school's exceptional academic programs and fields of study. Students may pursue a wide variety of degrees across the liberal arts in popular concentrations such as Anthropology, Creative Writing, Chemistry, Educational Studies, Computer Science, Religious Studies, Spanish, Political Science, Music, Media and Cultural Studies, Pre-Law and Pre-Med.
Student living and university living at the school revolve around a variety of traditional campus student programs and organizations. The Macalester Scots compete in the NCAA Division III in men's and women's sports such as basketball, soccer, golf, football, tennis, swimming and diving and cross country.
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