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U.S. First-Year Applicants


Early Decision I

  • Application Deadline November 15
  • Priority for Financial Aid November 22
  • Decision Notification December 15
  • Applicant Reply Date January 15

Early Decision II

  • Application Deadline January 1
  • Priority for Financial Aid January 8
  • Decision Notification February 1
  • Applicant Reply Date February 15

Regular Decision

  • Application Deadline January 15
  • Priority for Financial Aid January 22
  • Decision Notification March 30
  • Applicant Reply Date June 1
Early Decision

Ready to choose Macalester?

If your sights are set on Macalester, why wait? Early Decision is an excellent option for first-year applicants who know Macalester is their first-choice college.

Application Checklist

  • Create a Common Application

    Create a Common Application and choose Macalester for your college list. Macalester does not have an application fee.

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

  • ACT or SAT (optional)

    Beginning with the Fall 2021 admission cycle, Macalester will not require applicants to submit ACT or SAT results when applying for admission. Testing Policy

  • Submit art samples (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 applicant portal.

Checklist Items to be Completed in the Common Application

  • 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. More about Early Decision

  • High School Transcript

    Request that your secondary school(s) send Macalester official transcript(s) of all classes and grades beginning with 9th grade, through junior year.

  • School Report

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

  • Two 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 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.