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 Common App Application to Macalester
Common App Account & Application
At commonapp.org 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Mid-Year Report and First-Term Senior 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.
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)
High school juniors can interview as early as the January prior to their senior year. Seniors who wish to interview must do so by February 1 of their senior year. Each student may only interview once. 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.
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, 2021
- Early Action November 1, 2021
- Early Decision II January 1, 2022
- Regular Decision January 15, 2022
* September 28, 2021 is the deadline for QuestBridge Scholar Program applicants.
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
AVP and Dean of Admissions