U.S. Transfer Applicants
- Application Deadline April 15
- Priority for Financial Aid April 15
- Decision Notification May 15
- Applicant Reply Date 2 weeks after notification
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. Transfer Applicant Frequently Asked Questions
Application Checklist Items
Create a Common Application and choose Macalester for your college list.
All Transfer application materials for both admissions and financial aid are due by April 15. If you wish to be considered for financial aid, you must indicate your interest when you apply via the Common Application. 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.
ACT or SAT
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
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 you have attended. A transcript issued to the student is not considered official.
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.
Official TOEFL or IELTS Test Scores (International Students Only)
For students whose primary language is not English. Macalester’s identification code for the TOEFL is 6390. TOEFL and IELTS waiver information
Two Recommendations (College Instructor/HS Teacher)
Invite recommenders on the “Recommendations” tab. (Located under the “Program Materials” section after selecting “Fall Transfer – Macalester College”.) Recommendations will be accepted from teachers of core academic subjects (English, social studies, foreign language, mathematics, or science). One report must be from a college instructor; the other may be either a college instructor or high school teacher. If you have been out of college for more than one academic year and have difficulty obtaining an academic report, contact the Director of Admissions at Macalester to explain your situation.
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.
Certification of Finances (International Students Only)
We require the Certification of Finances form Finances (COF) and a bank statement from all international applicants, even if they are not applying for financial aid. A completed Certification of Finances form and bank statement can be uploaded to the applicant portal. International Forms
Transfer Checklist Items to Be Completed in the Macalester Application Portal
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 following forms:
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”.
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.
Transfer Application Contact
Anne Walsh, Director of Admissions