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Apply to Macalester

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, 2020
  • Early Action November 1, 2020
  • Early Decision II January 1, 2021
  • Regular Decision January 15, 2021

* September 29, 2020 is the deadline for QuestBridge Scholar Program applicants.

How to Apply

Find requirements and financial aid guidelines for your individual background.

Macalester Workshops
Ways to Prepare

Join us for Workshop Wednesdays

Each Wednesday in July and August, you’re invited to join us for fun and informative workshops geared at making your college search and application process easier. Topics like writing a college essay, filling out the application, and an explanation of Financial Aid are just a few of your choices.

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