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Undocumented Applicants

If you are an undocumented student, you are welcome to apply and join the Mac community. We are here to support all students in their application process and their time at Macalester.

Requirements for Your Application to Macalester

  • Common App Account & Application

    At you can create an account and choose Macalester for your college list. There are many resources to help you in your application process – including an Application Guide for First-Year Students. After you have submitted the Common App 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 App. Macalester does not have an application fee.

  • 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.

  • Two Recommendation Letters

    Required: Two recommendation letters

    • One recommendation letter from a counselor or school official
    • One recommendation letter from a teacher – An evaluation from a teacher in one of the core academic subjects (English, social studies, world language, mathematics, or science.

  • First Marking Period/In Progress Grades

    Early Decision and Early Action applicants are required to submit official or self-reported first quarter, first marking period, first trimester, interim, or in-progress senior grades as soon as they are available. First term grades may be submitted after the application deadline but please note First Marking Period/In Progress Grades must be received for an admissions decision to be determined. 

    First term marking period grades may be submitted by:

    • Self-report using First Marking Period/In Progress Grades Form available in the Applicant Portal, or
    • Sending directly from a high school official (counselor or registrar)

    Regular Decision applicants must request that a school official (counselor or registrar) send us an updated transcript by February 14 if senior year first-term grades are not on the initial transcript. If an updated transcript is not available before February 14, please contact

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.

  • Online Interview (optional)

    Macalester interviews are offered to applicants who have begun their application process. Interviews are reserved for domestic applicants who are rising seniors, seniors, or prospective transfer students.

    Admissions interviews at Macalester are recommended, but are not required. Your interview will be part of your application file, so it’s an opportunity to share or address anything you’d like included in your application.

    All interviews are conducted by a Macalester staff member and are only offered virtually.

    Interviews for rising seniors begin on August 1. Seniors who wish to interview must do so by February 1 of their senior year. Transfer students must request an interview by April 15. Each student may only interview once and interviews are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Learn more or schedule your interview here.

  • Additional Recommendation Letter (optional)

    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.

Application Deadlines

Macalester accepts the Common App or QuestBridge Application.* Learn more about all the key dates associated with each application process, and find out why Early Action or Early Decision may be right for you.

  • Early Decision I November 1, 2022
  • Early Action November 1, 2022
  • Early Decision II January 1, 2023
  • Regular Decision January 15, 2023

* September 28, 2021 is the deadline for QuestBridge Scholar Program applicants.

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.

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 Minnesota 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.

Undocumented Applicant Contact

Elyan Paz
AVP and Dean of Admissions