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Undocumented Applicants

Regular Decision

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

Application Checklist Items

Common Application
Create a Common Application and choose Macalester for your college list. After you have submitted the Common Application, email to identify yourself as an undocumented student applying to Macalester. If you wish to be considered for financial aid, you must indicate your interest when you apply via the Common Application. Macalester does not have an application fee.  Applying for financial aid.


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

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.

Checklist Items to Be Completed in the Common Application

Your counselor and teachers will be prompted to complete their portion of the following forms online via the Common Application process.

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.

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

Two Academic 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 Year Grades
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.

Financial Aid Policy

Macalester’s long-standing commitment to internationalism and multiculturalism includes a significant financial aid fund for qualified students. The College meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. Admitted undocumented students who are not permitted by law to work in the U.S. would receive an additional Macalester student loan to replace the amount typically earned through student employment.

To apply for financial assistance, undocumented candidates must complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Financial Aid PROFILE. Undocumented students residing in MN may be eligible to receive state grant funds because of the MN Dream Act (also known as the Prosperity Act). More information about this application process can be found on the MN Office of Higher Education website.


Anne K. Walsh ’80
Director of Admissions