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Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 06/24/2010

College Tour '10 -- Macalester College

By Valerie Strauss

Macalester College

From a parent

I love that it’s a small gem in a city, urban but not too urban.

The area is very manageable. St. Paul and Minneapolis are really good cities.

We walked into the English Department and ran into a professor. She had come from another school and she told us that Macalester had the most engaged students she had ever seen. That was good to hear from her, and we got a sense ourselves that the students loved being there.

There was also nice diversity, which was important.

This is one in a series of reports that parents and students are contributing about their campus tours this spring. If you have visited a school and would like to participate, e-mail me a brief report at You can find out more about College Tour ’10 and how to write about your college visit here.

Go to to see more college posts in the series and a map displaying them all.

By Valerie Strauss  | June 24, 2010; 11:43 AM ET
Categories:  College Admissions, College Tour '10  | Tags:  College Tour '10, Macalester College, college admissions, getting into college  
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As an educational consultant and college planner, I think this is a great idea. I always enjoy reading reviews that students and parents have written about particular colleges. I also encourage my students to read them to get another opinion. The more information families have, the better their college decisions will be.

Susie Watts
Denver, Colorado

Posted by: collegedirection | June 25, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

As a Macalester graduate, I am glad to see prospective students and their parents get a real glimpse of life at Mac during their campus tour. I am one of those students who absolutely loved being there. I loved living in the Twin Cities. A small campus in an urban setting surrounded by neighborhood businesses and unique shops and restaurants. The mix of students from across the state, region, nation, and world is one of the best assets and provides a truly enriched educational experience. I have always said that choosing to attend Mac was one of the best decisions I made and I encourage others to make that choice, as well.

Posted by: Elizabeth40 | June 25, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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