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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.

Easy ways to connect one-to-one

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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. Registration opens on July 1, for time slots beginning on July 12. Read more about the options available.

How to Apply

Find requirements and financial aid guidelines for your individual background.

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