Admission Policy for Undocumented Students

To complete an application for admission, students should:

Submit the following materials by the Regular Decision deadline, January 15:

  • Application Fee or fee waiver request (The $40 fee is waived if the Part 1 or the Common Application has been submitted online by November 15)
  • Common Application
  • Common Application Writing Supplement (response required for the question that begins "Macalester is a community that includes people from different backgrounds..."
  • Secondary School Report and Mid-Year Report or College Report for Transfer Students
  • Two Teacher Recommendations from core academic subject areas (English, social studies, foreign language, mathematics, or science)
  • Official High School Transcript that includes all classes beginning with 9th grade and Official College Transcripts for transfer students
  • Admissions Test Scores:
    • SAT or ACT
    • TOEFL or IELTS (unless English is the first language or primary language of instruction)

After you have submitted the Common Application, email to identify yourself as an undocumented student applying to Macalester.

In deciding which applicants will be offered admission, we carefully review each student’s high school record. We look for evidence that the applicant has taken a rigorous curriculum, performed at a very high level, and will contribute to the campus community in other ways. Because our ability to offer admission to undocumented students who need financial assistance is severely limited, competition for space in the class is extremely high.

Financial Aid Policy

Macalester's long-standing commitment to internationalism and multiculturalism includes a significant financial aid fund for qualified students. The College meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. Admitted undocumented students who are not permitted by law to work in the U.S. would receive additional student loans to replace the amount typically earned through student employment.

To apply for financial assistance, undocumented candidates must complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE. Undocumented students residing in MN may be eligible to receive state grant funds because of the MN Dream Act (also known as the Prosperity Act). More information about this application process can be found on the MN Office of Higher Education website.


Questions about applying to Macalester as an undocumented student may be directed to:

Philana Tenhoff
Associate Director of Admissions

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