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Admissions & Aid

At Macalester, our mission is to prepare students for lives of meaning and purpose. Students here receive unparalleled support and mentorship as they discover their place in the world and learn how to become agents of change.


Visit Program Update

Out of concern for public health in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Macalester College has cancelled all campus visits to Admissions until Monday, May 4. In the meantime, if there is anything we can do to help you learn more about Macalester, to answer questions, or to just connect for one brief moment of shared humanity, please know that we are here, ready to connect.

Student Profile

Macalester students come from across the U.S. and around the world.


Student body


Countries represented


Students who study away

How to Apply

Financial Aid

Many students and families are surprised at the different ways to make college more affordable. We meet the full demonstrated need of every student we admit, and all first-year applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships.

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A Day in the Life

Bianca Gonzalez

Take a look at Macalester from Bianca’s perspective.

A Day in the Life

Bianca Gonzalez

Take a look at Macalester from Bianca’s perspective.

A student with a local inhabitant standing upon a mountain looking at each other with binoculars.
Study away

Where will your studies take you?

Whatever your area of study, passion, or plan to make a difference, there is a program for you.

Prospective students meeting in a Macalester classroom.

Thinking about college?

PRE@Mac is a four-day experience immersing you in the college experience.