Early Decision is an excellent option for first-year applicants who know that Macalester is their first-choice college in time to apply by the early application deadlines of November 15 (Early Decision I) and January 1 (Early Decision II). Students who enroll through Early Decision must withdraw all other applications assuming the financial aid award makes attendance at Macalester financially feasible.
The Admissions Committee evaluates Early Decision candidates with the same standards as students applying in Regular Decision. In the most recent first-year classes, Macalester enrolled 30 percent through its Early Decision application rounds.
Applicants considering Early Decision should consider the following:
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Julia Carpenter ’20Stevensville, Michigan Majors: Psychology & Creative Writing Why Early Decision?
I knew that I wanted to go to Mac after visiting and didn't see a reason to wait. While everyone else was deciding which school to pick, I was able to look forward to going to Mac in the fall.What do you love about Mac?
Mac has given me so many unique opportunities to explore academic interests, meet people from all different backgrounds, and continue to play softball competitively. The people I have met here are the hardest workers and most motivated people I know. They've taught me to be more concerned about the world outside Macalester, whether that means thinking about environmental sustainability or paying attention to the political climate in the U.S.
Academics are challenging and rigorous, but they are rewarding. I have learned so much in my classes here and discovered subjects I’ve grown to love. The professors care about you as an individual and take all of the extra steps to help you succeed - something I really valued when choosing a small liberal arts education. Athletics have never gotten in the way of academics for me - the professors are really understanding and accommodating if we miss a class for a game. More than that, I was drawn to the D3 level because it would allow me to prioritize academics over sports - my education wouldn't have to be sacrificed because of my commitment to athletics.
Alec Beatty ’19
Topeka, Kansas Major: Political Science Internships: UBS Financial services company (2016) and Skyhawks Sports Academy (2017)Why Early Decision?
I visited Macalester in early June of my high school junior year and knew right away that is where I wanted to be. Knowing Macalester was my #1 school, going ED1 was an easy decision. It not only helped me finish a long and tiresome process of college searching, but also showed the school and coaches I was just as invested and committed to them as they were to me.What do you love about Mac?
I love Macalester because it will challenge you intellectually, socially, and as a football player, physically. The interactions with the variety of people you meet here will help you shape who you strive to become in life. At Macalester, the opportunities are endless to meet new people, join clubs/activities, or just try something new.
Coaches and professors alike put you in a position to succeed. Professors are personable when you have scheduling conflicts due to sports or need extra time outside of class. If you are willing to learn, they will always be willing to help.
After Macalester: Alec graduated in May, 2019 with a Political Science major and History minor. He was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship which will take him to Kosovo. As a receiver on the Macalester Football team, Alec broke school records and earned All-American honors.