Macalester College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, US. It was founded in 1874 as a Presbyterian-affiliated but nonsectarian college and its first class entered September 15,1885. Macalester is exclusively an undergraduate institution and enrolled 1,978 students in the fall of 2013 from 50 U. S. states and 90 countries. In 2015, U. S. Macalester College was founded in 1874 by Rev. Dr. Edward Duffield Neill and he planned a college that would be Presbyterian-affiliated but nonsectarian, making it inclusive by the standards of his day. Charles Macalester, a prominent businessman and philanthropist from Philadelphia, made the gift by donating the Winslow House. With additional funding from the Presbyterian Church and from the new College’s trustees, Macalester opened in 1885 with five professors, six freshmen, in 1887, a classical scholar named James Wallace joined the faculty and quickly established himself as a fine and demanding teacher. He earned a reputation for scholarship when he published two Greek textbooks that were widely used across the country. In spite of success, James Wallace’s early years at Macalester were financially difficult. Gradually, his efforts built up a group of donors whose support, together with tuition from a student body. The College engaged in a period of advancement throughout the 1960s, made possible by DeWitt and Lila Wallace, founders of Reader’s Digest, a major building campaign resulted in a fine arts center and new science facilities. During this time, Macalester committed itself to an arts curriculum. The 1990s were another period of advancement for Macalester, in 1991, the College’s endowment became significantly larger than it had been. The College increased the number of faculty positions, adding more broadly diverse perspectives to the educational program, the improved student-faculty ratio also made possible more flexible and personalized teaching approaches, including significant enhancement of faculty-student collaborative research and writing. Through a comprehensive campus improvement program, academic and residential buildings on campus was renovated, renovation of the science facilities, which merged two buildings into the Olin-Rice Science Center, was completed in 1997. George Draper Dayton residence hall opened in 1998, the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center in 2001, in fall 2008 Macalester publicly launched a $150 million campaign, raising funds for scholarships, faculty support, program enhancement, operating support, and new facilities. In 2009, construction was completed on Markim Hall, a new home for the Institute for Global Citizenship, in fall 2012, Macalester opened its renovated and expanded Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. In 2013, The Princeton Review ranked Macalester as one of the Best Value Colleges, in 2016, Forbes rated it 68th out of 660 colleges, universities and service academies in the U. S. In 2016, Washington Monthly ranked Macalester 59th best liberal arts college for contributing to the public good, the ranking uses criteria of social mobility, research, and service
Weyerhaeuser Hall administration building
A photograph of the Old Main Building at Macalester College in fall.