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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.


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Ready to hear more about our college in the city, our leading academics program, or Mac’s commitment to internationalism and multiculturalism? Start here and let’s keep in touch.

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If you’re a senior and ready to consider Macalester College, the Preliminary Application is a great first step. You’ll benefit from tailored communications and access to your Applicant Portal. The Common App or QuestBridge are where you’ll complete your application.

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View Fall Visit Day & Professor Panels

Macalester’s Fall Virtual Visit Day and Professor Panels for STEM, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, and Humanities are all available to view. These recorded events will answer many of the questions students have about what to expect as a student, in and out of the classroom.

Financial Aid

Many students and families are surprised at the different ways to make college more affordable. We meet 100% of the full demonstrated need of every student we admit, and all first-year applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships.

Easy ways to connect one-to-one

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Find a time that works for you and register to chat with a current Mac student. These 30 minute calls or video chats are a good way to hear about campus life and the topics that interest you most.

Admissions at Macalester


Talking with Admissions staff is a good way to share your individual interests and ask questions. These conversations provide the opportunity to get to know each other. Take a look at the options available.

Students at Macalester

If you’re motivated and ambitious, Macalester might be the right fit for you. Create the next innovation. Sharpen your perspective. Transform your worldview. Macalester students come from across the U.S. and around the world.


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A Day in the Life

Bianca Gonzalez

See campus life from Bianca’s perspective.

A Day in the Life

Bianca Gonzalez

See campus life from Bianca’s perspective.