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Dates & Deadlines

There are advantages to every deadline, so choose what’s right for you. Even if you haven’t decided, be sure to start a Preliminary Application so we know you’re thinking about Macalester.

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Early Decision and Early Action

Hearing college decisions before spring can ease stress in your senior year. Read more about how it works and why applying early is a great option.

What application date works for you?

Early Decision I: When you already know Macalester is the one!

  • Application Deadline November 1
  • Priority for Financial Aid November 8
  • Decision from Macalester December 6
  • Applicant’s Reply Date December 20

Early Action: When you’re ready to apply now, but still considering your choices.

  • Application Deadline November 1
  • Priority for Financial Aid November 8
  • Decision from Macalester December 20
  • Applicant’s Reply Date May 1

Early Decision II: When you just weren’t quite ready for ED I, but you still know Mac is it.

  • Application Deadline January 1
  • Priority for Financial Aid January 8
  • Decision from Macalester January 31
  • Applicant’s Reply Date February 15

Regular Decision: When you appreciate a few extra weeks to apply. This is your deadline!

  • Application Deadline January 15
  • Priority for Financial Aid January 22
  • Decision from Macalester March 31
  • Applicant’s Reply Date May 1

Applying as a QuestBridge Scholar? The deadline for that application process is September 29, 2020. Visit QuestBridge.org to learn more.

Transfer Students

All transfer application materials for both admissions and financial aid are due by the deadline below.

U.S. and International Transfer Applicants

  • Application Deadline April 15
  • Decision from Macalester May 15
  • Applicant’s Reply Date 2 weeks after notification