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Selectivity, and Preparation

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For students admitted to Macalester through the first-year admissions program, Macalester will accept for credit no more than the equivalent of twenty Macalester credit hours from courses earned at a college or university prior to matriculation at Macalester. Summer session college credits, Minnesota Post-Secondary Education Options Program credits, International Baccalaureate credits, and Advanced Placement Program credits are included under this limitation.

For more information refer to the college catalog or call the Registrar's Office at (651) 696-6200.


How selective is Macalester?

  • 36% of applicants were admitted for the fall of 2014. Of those who were admitted, 71% were in the top 10% of their high school class.
  • The middle 50% of students admitted:
    --scored 29 to 33 on the ACT.
    --scored 650 to 750 on SAT Critical Reading and 640-740 on Math
  • Macalester also looks carefully at non-academic involvement and achievements.

Academic preparation

Many factors (recommendations, essays, interviews, leadership potential and abilities, and extracurricular activities) are considered in our evaluation of each applicant's admission credentials.

Macalester recommends a secondary school curriculum with four years of English, three years of history or social science, three years of mathematics, three years of laboratory science, and two years of a single foreign language. In addition, applicants are expected to have taken at least some of the honors or advanced courses available at their secondary schools.