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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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Start your Application

The Common Application is now open for the 2024-2025 academic year. If you’re considering Macalester, start with our Preliminary Application to help track progress and access your applicant portal.

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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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Visit and Connect

Take a look at the many ways to learn about Macalester and engage with the Mac community. On-campus and virtual options are all available for high school students and families. We can’t wait to meet you!

Macalester Workshops
Virtual Program


High school students are invited to register for our Workshop Wednesdays. The same admissions counselors who read thousands of applications simplify topics like writing a college essay and filling out the Common App. Sign up for one or the whole series.

Summer Program


This immersive overnight program brings Minnesota high school students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in higher education to our campus in St Paul. Applications and nominations open March 1.

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.

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.


Student body


Countries represented


Students who study away

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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.