U.S. First-Year Students

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Completing Your Application

Macalester uses the Common Application.

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Required Forms and Test Scores

Note: all forms are available via the apply links above.

  • Common Application
  • Official SAT or ACT Test Scores
    Submit scores from the ACT or either version of the SAT (current test or the "redesigned" test to be offered in Spring 2016). These options are equally acceptable.
    Macalester's identification codes are: SAT (6390) and ACT (2122).
  • School Report (Counselor Recommendation)
    Request that a school counselor complete the School Report via the Common Application online process.*
  • Two Teacher Recommendations
    Request that two teachers complete recommendations via the Common Application online process. Teacher Recommendations will be accepted from core academic subjects (English, social studies, foreign language, mathematics or science).*
  • First Term Senior Year Grades (Midyear Report)
    Directions for the Midyear Report are provided online via the Common Application.*
  • Transcript (High School through Junior Year)
    Request that your secondary school(s) send Macalester official transcript(s) of all classes and grades beginning with 9th Grade.

*The counselor and teachers will be prompted to complete their portion of these forms online via the Common Application process. If your counselor and/or teachers prefer to mail your school report, midyear report, transcript and/or teacher recommendations, they can be mailed to Macalester College, Admissions Office, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55105-9984.

Arts Portfolio

Students who have made a substantial commitment to the arts (in the areas of Fine Arts, Music, Theater or Dance) are welcome to submit samples via the Macalester Application Portal. Information to access the portal is provided after submitting your application.

Application Fee

Submit the $40 fee online with the Common Application or request a fee-waiver (which is part of the Common Application).

Early Decision Agreement

If you are applying Early Decision, complete and submit the Early Decision Agreement as part of the Common Application.

Financial Aid

If you wish to be considered for financial aid, you must indicate your interest when you apply via the Common Application. For more information, visit the Financial Aid website.

Check Your Application Status

Use your Macalester Application Portal to learn what has been received and what is missing. You will be sent a username and password soon after the Common Application has been received.

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"Macalester's emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach to learning encourages projects like Poliwiki, which was created from the ground up by a group of computer science students (including me) as a place for research about social interactions on the Internet."

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