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A Macalester education surrounds students with rigorous academics, unparalleled support, and invaluable opportunities to connect with the world. Join a community of life-long learners who will challenge the status quo and translate ideas into action.

Application Deadlines

Macalester accepts the Common App or QuestBridge Application.* Learn more about all the key dates associated with each application process, and find out why Early Action or Early Decision may be right for you.

  • Early Decision I November 1, 2021
  • Early Action November 1, 2021
  • Early Decision II January 1, 2022
  • Regular Decision January 15, 2022
  • Transfer Students April 15, 2022

* September 28, 2021 is the deadline for QuestBridge Scholar Program applicants.

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Find a time that works for you and register to chat with a current Mac student. These 30 minute calls or video chats are a good way to hear about campus life and the topics that interest you most.

Admissions at Macalester


Talking with Admissions staff is a good way to share your individual interests and ask questions. These conversations provide the opportunity to get to know each other. Take a look at the options available.

How to Apply

Find requirements and financial aid guidelines for your individual background.

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