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Admitted Student Profile for Class of 2026

Data current as of March 16, 2022

Number of Applicants9,622
Applicants Admitted25%
Number of states represented50, plus D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam
Countries represented97
Countries (by citizenship) with applicants to Macalester155
Languages spoken at home75
High schools represented1,373
Top states represented, by high school California
Minnesota
Illinois
New York
Massachusetts
Washington
Wisconsin
Texas
Colorado
Oregon
Percentage of first-generation students11%
Percentage of U.S. students who identify as students of color37%
Number of QuestBridge Scholars132 College Prep Scholars, including 12 College Match Scholars
Percent of admitted students who opted out of SAT/ACT test score consideration40%

Changes to the 2021 admissions cycle included moving to test optional admissions, elimination of the $40 application fee, and the addition of an Early Action admissions round. These practices continued in the 2022 admissions cycle and are planned for future admission cycles.

Macalester College continues to expand efforts to recruit and support students from historically excluded and underrepresented groups. A new partnership with The Posse Foundation, helps students find their place at Macalester, and receive the financial and programmatic support they need to thrive. This program complements other existing initiatives, including Macalester’s QuestBridge partnership and the Minnesota Opportunity Scholarship Fund.