College Access

Civic Engagement Center
Markim Hall, Third Floor
651-696-6040
651-696-6030 (fax)

Academic-Year Hours
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-noon

Macalester students have an opportunity to connect with local youth by leading campus visits or earning their financial aid award through Off Campus Student Employment with local college access organizations. Many alumni also serve as full-time AmeriCorps members, helping local youth prepare for ACT exams and the college admission process.

Macalester students provide the majority of tutors for St. Paul Public Schools' AVID program for ESL learners who would also be first generation college students. Student tutors are trained by the Minnesota Literacy Council. Typically, three or more Off-Campus Student Employees (OCSE) also work with the online teachers at Breakthrough Collaborative. Other OCSE students earn work study financial aid working 8-10 hours per week in local schools. Each year, 16 first-year Bonner Community Scholars tutor six hours weekly in area elementary and middle schools.

Bonner Scholars
The Bonner Community Scholars Program is a four-year civic engagement program providing leadership programming, academic support, civic engagement opportunities and a social network.  Bonner invites all first year students to apply, and selects up to 12 new participants each year. First generation college students, Minnesota residents, and students who have participated in college access programs (eg. Upward Bound, Admission Possible, AVID, TRIO, etc) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Financial Aid At Macalester
We’re committed to enrolling an economically diverse student body. Admitted students receive an aid package that meets 100% of demonstrated financial need.  According to US News & World Report, Macalester is one of only 70 four-year colleges in the United States that meets the full financial need of its admitted students.

Admissions at Macalester
Many factors--recommendations, essays, interviews, leadership potential and abilities, and extracurricular activities--are considered in our evaluation of each applicant's admission credentials. Admissions interviews at Macalester are optional, but strongly recommended if you visit campus. If you are coming to campus, sit down and talk with someone on the Admissions staff. Interviews are available Monday-Friday from April through January, and Saturdays during the fall semester. Seniors who wish to interview must do so by January 24 of their senior year.

Tips for Applying to Macalester

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 take at least some of honors or advanced courses available at their secondary schools.

For students admitted to Macalester through the first-year admissions program, Macalester accepts for credit no more than the equivalent of 20 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.

Read hear about the Admission and Financial Aid Policies for Undocumented Students

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