Early, Regular, or Deferred Admission

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campus walk between the center and old main

Pathway between the campus center and Old Main.

Early Decision

Early Decision is an option for first-year applicants who know that Macalester is their first-choice college. Early Decision provides an early review and notification of admission decision with the understanding that you commit to enrolling at Macalester if admitted. You may submit Regular applications to other colleges or universities, but no others under an Early Decision plan.

Applicants who are not admitted through the Early Decision process will either be denied admission or postponed and reconsidered with the Regular Decision applicants. Students who are denied or postponed in E.D. may, of course, complete applications to other colleges and are released from the Early Decision agreement.

If you are applying for financial aid and have submitted all required forms on time, we will notify you about financial aid prior to requiring a final commitment from you. Those admitted will be expected to withdraw all other applications assuming the financial aid award makes attendance at Macalester financially feasible.

Regular Decision

Most of Macalester's first-year students apply under the Regular Decision Plan, which has an application deadline of January 15.

Deferred Admission

Each year, some students who have been offered first-year admission to Macalester request the deferral of their admission. Deferrals may be granted for a variety of reasons, most commonly to allow a student to spend time overseas. Deferral requests, which are approved at the discretion of the Dean of Admissions, are granted for a period of one academic year. There are no semester deferrals. Candidates should be aware, however, that Macalester will accept no more than the equivalent of 20 semester credit hours for academic work completed prior to matriculation at Macalester, whether earned during secondary school or during the deferral period.

Deferral requests or questions about the deferral process should be directed to the Admissions Office.

Decisions regarding credit are made by the Registrar.

For more information, call the Registrar's Office at (651) 696-6200.