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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.

Rising Seniors & Transfer Students

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Preliminary Application

Start your Macalester application by submitting the Preliminary Application. You’ll benefit from tailored communications, access to your Applicant Portal, and an invite to interview with an Admissions staff member.

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Application

The Common App or the QuestBridge Application are where you complete your application to Macalester. Learn more about the process and view the key steps and deadlines.

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.

2,000+

Student body

98

Countries represented

61%

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.