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Seniors and transfer applicants can begin their application by submitting the Macalester Part 1. Regardless of whether you apply Early Decision or Regular Decision, this is a great first step in applying to Mac. You will receive login information for your applicant portal, enabling you to see your current application status and get communication designed to keep you on track. The Fall 2020 Common Application for Early Decision and Regular Decision will be available August 1, 2019.

Guiding you through the admissions process
There is an admissions staff member assigned to every state and region of the world, ready to answer your questions and help you through the application process. Find your counselor at Meet the Staff.

In keeping with Macalester’s values of internationalism and multiculturalism, the college welcomes applications from around the world. For the purpose of applying to Macalester, students are considered international applicants if their citizenship is of a country other than the United States. Students with dual citizenship with the United States or who have permanent residency are not considered international applicants. Undocumented/DACA students, or students who identify as a refugee, displaced person, asylum seeker, or stateless person, are welcomed at Macalester. Learn more.

Supporting applicants affected by natural disasters
Macalester Admissions staff are committed to helping and supporting applicants affected by recent natural disasters. If you are a student that is encountering difficulty completing the admissions requirements, unable to pay the application fee, without the means to easily apply online, or other difficulties, contact our office at (800) 231-7974 or send a message to your admissions counselor.

Your Application Portal

You will receive your Applicant Portal username and password when you submit the Macalester Part 1, the Common Application, or are part of the QuestBridge Program. In your portal, you can track the progress of your application,upload application items, and find valuable communication specific to you. Applicant Portal.

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