Application Deadline Priority for Financial Aid Decision Notification Applicant Reply Date
Early Decision I November 15 November 15 December 15 January 15
Early Decision II January 1 January 1 February 1 February 15
Regular Decision January 15 January 15 March 30 May 1


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.


Common Application

Create a Common Application and choose Macalester for your college list.

If you wish to be considered for financial aid, you must indicate your interest when you apply via the Common Application. Applying for financial aid.

$40 Application Fee
Submit Macalester Part 1 or the completed Common Application by November 15 and the $40 application fee will be waived. If you apply after the November 15 deadline and are eligible to receive a fee waiver based on financial hardship, indicate so when you complete your Common Application.


Submit scores from either the ACT or the SAT. Self-reported test scores will be accepted in the admissions process. Admitted students who decide to enroll will be required to submit official score reports. Macalester’s testing codes are 2122 (ACT) and 6390 (SAT). Testing Policy

Optional Arts Portfolio

If you have made a substantial commitment to the arts in the areas of fine arts, music, theater or dance, you are welcome to submit samples in your applicant portal.


Your counselor and teachers will be prompted to complete their portion of the following forms online via the Common Application process.

Early Decision Agreement
If you are applying Early Decision, the Early Decision Agreement certifies that Macalester is your first-choice college and agreement that, if admitted, you will enroll at Macalester and withdraw all other college applications. Learn more about Early Decision

High School through Junior Year Transcript
Request that your secondary school(s) send Macalester official transcript(s) of all classes and grades beginning with 9th grade.

School Report
Request that your school counselor complete the School Report and Counselor Recommendation.

Two Academic Teacher Recommendations
Invite two teachers of core academic subjects (English, social studies, foreign language, mathematics, or science) to submit recommendations.

Mid-Year Report and First-Term Senior Year Grades

  • Early Decision applicants must request that a school official (counselor or registrar) send us their first-term senior grades (e.g., first quarter or first trimester). When the marking period ends, students must ask school officials to also complete the Mid-Year Report and send us an updated transcript as soon as it becomes available.
  • Regular Decision applicants must request that a school official (counselor or registrar) complete the Mid-Year Report and send us an updated transcript if senior year first-term grades are not on the initial transcript.
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