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QuestBridge Applicants

Through the QuestBridge National College Match application process, students apply to the nation’s best colleges (like Macalester!) and are considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship.

Deadlines for Applying to Macalester Through QuestBridge

College Match

  • QuestBridge Application Deadline September 27, 2022
  • College Match Notification December 1, 2022


  • QuestBridge National College Match Application

    Complete the National College Match Application by the QuestBridge September deadline for evaluation by the QuestBridge organization. If you are chosen as a QuestBridge Finalist, select Macalester to receive your application. Macalester QuestBridge Application Requirements Page

  • 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, through junior year.

  • Macalester QuestBridge Supplement

    QuestBridge College Match Finalists must submit the Macalester Questbridge Supplement.

  • Apply to Mac Form (Not required for matched finalists)

    Non-Matched Finalists, Non-Finalists and Non-Ranking Finalists Only: Complete the Apply to Mac form to authorize Macalester to use your QuestBridge application.

  • CSS/Financial Aid Profile

    File online. CSS Profile

  • Tax Returns

    Send signed copies of your parents’ most recent federal income tax return.

Optional Items

  • ACT or SAT (optional)

    Macalester recently adopted a permanent Test-Optional admissions policy, starting with the Fall 2021 first-year class. This includes ACT, SAT, SAT II, AP, and IB.

    There will be no penalty for students who choose not to submit test scores in the selection process or distribution of merit scholarship. 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.

Deadlines for Applying to Macalester

Early Decision I

  • Application Deadline November 1
  • Priority for Financial Aid November 7
  • Decision Notification December 4
  • Applicant Reply Deadline December 21

Early Action

  • Application Deadline November 1
  • Priority for Financial Aid November 7
  • Decision Notification December 21
  • Applicant Reply Deadline May 1

Early Decision II

  • Application Deadline January 1
  • Priority for Financial Aid January 9
  • Decision Notification January 29
  • Applicant Reply Deadline February 15

Regular Decision

  • Application Deadline January 15
  • Priority for Financial Aid January 23
  • Decision from Macalester March 26
  • Applicant Reply Deadline May 1

Macalester is a QuestBridge partner and participant in the QuestBridge National College Match, a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation’s most selective colleges. We encourage all interested students to explore this partnership at You will find information about the 42 college partners, including information on National College Match, College Prep Scholarship, and Quest for Excellence Awards.

All students who apply for the QuestBridge National College Match scholarship may use their QuestBridge application to apply to Macalester. Through the process of applying for the QuestBridge National College Match scholarships, applicants become one of four statuses—a National College Match Finalist, a Non-Matched Finalist, a Non-Ranking Finalist, or a Non-Finalist.

  • National College Match Finalists: Selected by QuestBridge to continue in the match process in September of a student’s senior year. Finalists can then rank up to 12 college partners in preferential order. Finalists who rank Macalester will be considered for the College Match Scholarship. Matched Scholars are announced early December.
  • Non-Matched Finalists: Students selected by QuestBridge as Finalists but were not matched to Macalester or other college.
  • Non-Ranking Finalists: Students selected by QuestBridge as Finalists but elected not to participate in the College Match program.
  • Non-Finalists: Students who applied to the National College Match and did not meet the criteria for QuestBridge Finalists.

Macalester meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. Whether applicants are Non-Matched Finalists, Non-Ranking Finalists, or Non-Finalists, they will be considered for merit scholarship and need-based aid provided they complete the FAFSA, CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (CSS code: 6390) and submit parent federal income tax returns.

Applying Early Decision I or II Through QuestBridge

Please contact Admissions to be considered for Early Decision. Applicants interested in Early Decision I or II must send an email to with “QuestBridge applicant seeking Early Decision” in the subject line.

QuestBridge Contact

Aisha Gonzalez
Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Diversity and Inclusion