Application Deadline Decision From Macalester Applicant's Reply Date
Early Decision I November 15 December 15 January 15
Early Decision II January 1 February 7 March 7
Regular Decision January 15 March 30 May 1

Application and Application Fee

Macalester uses the Common Application
Submit Macalester Part 1 or the Common Application by November 15 and the $40 application fee will be waived. If you miss the November 15 deadline, and are eligible to receive a fee waiver based on financial hardship, indicate so when you complete your Common Application.

Your Application Portal

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.

Required Forms

Secondary School Report*
Via the Common Application, request that a school counselor complete the School Report.

Two Teacher Evaluations*
Invite two teachers of core academic subjects (English, social studies, foreign language, mathematics or science) to submit recommendations.

*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.

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.

First Term Senior Year Grades (Midyear Report)
Directions for the Midyear Report are provided online via the Common Application.*

Official SAT or ACT Test Scores
Take one of the following tests and have the score sent to Macalester.
Macalester's identification codes are: SAT (6390) and ACT (2122).

Official TOEFL or IELTS Test Scores
For students whose primary language is not English.
Macalester's identification code for the TOEFL is 6390.

Early Decision Agreement

If you are applying Early Decision, complete and submit the Early Decision Agreement as part of the Common Application. Learn more about early decision

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.

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. International Students who apply for financial aid must provide an International Certification of Finances and International Financial Aid form or College Scholarship Service (CSS) profile as part of the application process.

Admitted Student Profile

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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