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International Transfer Applicants

We are glad you are considering Macalester as you look to transfer to a different college. Macalester offers admission for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and international students who have completed one or more semesters as a full-time college student following high school graduation. The College will accept no more than the equivalent of two years (sixty-four credit hours) from courses earned at a college or university prior to matriculation at Macalester and subsequent to graduation from high school. To help you complete your transfer application, use the checklist below, log into your application portal regularly, and reach out when you have questions. We are here to help.

Fall Term Transfer Application Deadlines

  • Application Deadline April 15
  • Priority for Financial Aid April 15
  • Decision Notification May 15
  • Applicant Reply Date 2 weeks after notification

Requirements for Your Application to Macalester

  • Common App Account & Application

    At you can create an account. There are many resources to help you in your application process – including an Application Guide for First-Year Students.

    Macalester does not have an application fee.

    All Transfer application materials for both admissions and financial aid are due by April 15. If you anticipate needing need-based financial aid at any point during your time at Macalester, you must indicate your interest when you apply via the Common Application. Students who do not apply for financial aid during the application process will not be considered for aid after learning of an offer of admission. Financial Aid.

  • College/University Transcript(s)

    You must have official transcripts of all college-level coursework sent to Macalester directly from the school(s) or via an official online transcript service from all colleges/universities you have attended. A transcript issued to the student is not considered official.

  • Proof of English Proficiency

    Macalester’s classes are instructed in English and only students who have a strong command of the English language (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) will be offered admission.

    If your first language is English, or you have studied for a sufficient number of years at an institution where the primary language of instruction is English:

    Applicants may request that this requirement be waived by completing the ENGLISH PROFICIENCY Testing Waiver Request Form in their Applicant Portal.

    If English is not the first language or the primary language of instruction:

    Applicants are required to submit one of the following exams in order to demonstrate proficiency in English.

    Self-reported test scores for IELTS and internet-based TOEFL will be accepted in the selection process. Admitted students who decide to attend Macalester will be required to submit official score reports.

    Scores for TOEFL Essentials and Duolingo English Test must be submitted directly from testing agencies. Testing Policy page.

  • Proof of Funding

    All international students must provide some financial information to complete their application for admission.

    Students NOT applying for need-based financial aid will be required to complete and submit the Financial Obligations Agreement form confirming their understanding of the financial commitment of not applying for need-based financial aid. This form will be available in the applicant portal.

    Students applying for need-based financial aid must submit a financial aid application (CSS Profile OR the Macalester International Student Financial Aid Application) AND complete and submit the Funding Declaration form, available in the applicant portal. Apply for Aid

  • Final High School Transcript

    Request that your secondary school send Macalester an official final transcript of your classes and transcript grades beginning with 9th grade. If you attended more than one high school, check to make sure all years are included on the most recent transcript.

    If you attended a secondary school with an exam-based curriculum, copies of all exam result certificates must be submitted.

  • Recommendation Letter (University Academic Course Instructor)

    Required: one recommendation letter

    Please submit one recommendation letter from a University Academic Course Instructor/Tertiary Course Instructor. This should be an evaluation from an instructor in one of your primary academic courses of study.

    If you have been out of university for more than one academic year and have difficulty obtaining an academic report, please email to explain your situation.

Optional Items

  • ACT or SAT (optional)

    Macalester has a permanent Test-Optional admissions policy. This includes ACT, SAT, and SAT II. 

    There will be no penalty for students who choose not to submit test scores in the selection process. You can learn more about our Testing Policy here.

    If you believe your standardized test scores will add another positive layer to your application file, then please feel free to submit scores to our office or self-report them in the Common Application. Macalester’s testing codes are 2122 (ACT) and 6390 (SAT).

  • Submit Art Samples or Portfolio (optional)

    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 application portal.

  • Online Interview (optional)

    Although not required, interviews can be a great way to personalize your application. There are several options:

    • Online Interviews: Online interviews with admissions counselors are available for students as early as the July prior to their intended application cycle. Applicants who wish to interview must do so before February 1st. Each student may only interview once. Learn more or schedule your interview here. Questions can be sent to
    • Third Party Interviews: If you are not able to have a virtual interview, you may choose to submit an IntialView interview or a Vericant interview to be included with your application. These third-party interviews can help us learn more about you, but the questions will not be specific to Macalester.

  • Additional Recommendation Letter (optional)

    Transfer applicants are not required nor encouraged to submit more than the two required recommendations. However, if you wish to have an additional letter of support, we ask that you choose carefully to ensure that the additional recommendation provides a new perspective not already present in your application. The additional recommendation may be from a teacher, employer, coach, community organizer, mentor, or anyone else you feel will provide additional information necessary to your application.

Once an applicant has successfully submitted their application, they will receive login information for an applicant portal that will enable them to see their current application status and access the Mid-Term Report and College Report forms as listed below.


  • Mid-Term Report (Currently enrolled students)

    Currently enrolled students should print the Mid-Term Report form (available in the Macalester Application Portal). Take the form to each instructor with whom you have a spring-term class, and ask the instructor to provide a mid-term progress grade for their class. When completed, you may upload a copy of the form via your Application Portal using the Upload Materials section and selecting “Transfer Mid-Term Report”.

  • College Report

    Print the College Report form (available in the Macalester Application Portal) and take the form to the Dean of Students or Registrar. Please ask that the official forward the completed form to Macalester’s Admissions office. Allow the school official ample time to complete and submit the form prior to the application deadline.

Financial Aid

Learn more about available options for internationals students.  Find information and required documents for financial aid and proof of funding.

Transfer Applicant Contact

Adam Van der Sluis ’11
Associate Director of Admissions

Transfer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)