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Written by Tatiana Craine
Shockingly, Macalester College is one of the most internationally-inclined schools in the state of Minnesota and even in the Midwest. Stepping onto campus and making friends is an instant ticket to a global perspective, since Macalester students hail from 87 different countries and every state in the Union. Many students branch out of their initial comfort zone and end up becoming lifelong friends with people from around the world, with numerous reports of running into other Macalester alumni on their travels after graduation.
With that being said, students won’t feel like they’re going to another country when they get to campus; although the student body creates a mini-global community, Macalester is still firmly rooted in Twin Cities culture. Professors tout the significance of diversity on campus, sometimes placing more emphasis on it than truly necessary. However diverse Macalester may seem, white students do make up the majority of the community. Macalester also prides itself in being one of the most gay-friendly campuses in the nation. With a very prominent, proactive Queer Union and similar organizations in the surrounding community, Macalester has proven itself to be very open and accepting of students of all genders and sexual orientations. This openness has extended to the availability of dorms for students wishing to be in All-Gender Housing, with no divide between coeds living quarters. Overall, Macalester shines as a beacon of diversity in a state that screams white-bread, European ancestry.
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