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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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The Common Application is now open for the 2023-2024 academic year. If you’re considering Macalester, start with our Preliminary Application to help track progress and access your applicant portal.

Macalester Workshops
Virtual Program

Free workshops to guide your college search

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

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.

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Multicultural Fly-In Program

Apply to this special on-campus visit program running October 27-29. Selected multicultural fly-in participants will join other BIPOC students and professors for meals, excursions into our surrounding Twin Cities, and energizing conversations to experience college life first-hand. Applications accepted through September 16.

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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Countries represented


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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.