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equivelant experiencefrom somewhere else, and liberal arts education doesn't count.This is perhaps more a critique of the programs I have encountered than Macalester itself, but I do wish to warn prospective students of this very real danger. If you have a very clear idea of your future plans, make sure Macalester (or any small liberal arts college) fits. While you will recieve an amazing education, meet fantastic people, and be exposed to many incredible opportunities, it is still an "alternative" education that may not lead directly to the sort of work you want to do.That said, I wouldn't trade my experience at Mac for anything. I would rather be guided by enthusiastic professors who are committed to teaching than shuffled through a larger system like so many cattle for branding. The universities I've encountered seem to have forgotten that part of education is inspiring the students to reach for the next level, not squeeze them through an obstacle course only to neglect them at the other side. Macalester spoiled me by convincing me that school could be better than that, and I've yet to find a program that lives up to the standard that they set.