Macalester College
Saint Paul, MN, USA

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Key Admission Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Coed

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This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Major city
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100
39%
Acceptance Rate
6,373
Students Applied
13%
Transfer Acceptance Rate
4
Transfer Students Admitted

Admissions Requirements

SAT
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Yes
ACT
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Yes
SAT Subject Tests
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Yes
AP Course Credit
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Yes
Dual Enrollment
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No
Transcript
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Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Decision Acceptance is binding so student must attend college if accepted. November 1 January 15
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier. November 1
Fall Regular Decision January 15 June 1
Other
Early Decision II
January 1 February 15
Test Optional
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Yes
Applications Accepted
Rolling Admissions
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No

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
14%
Out-Of-State Students
81%
US States Represented
54
Countries Represented
99
57%
Submitting ACT
59%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 32
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36
Average SAT Composite: 1415
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1600
SAT Percentiles

Math
25th
640
75th
730
Reading
25th
640
75th
720
3.90
Average GPA
Students Enrolled By Class Rank

Top 10%
61
Top 25%
87
Top 50%
99

Admissions Resources

Admissions: visit page
Admissions Email: [email protected]
Admissions Telephone: 800-231-7974
For International Student Services: visit page
For Students with Disabilities: visit page

What Students Are Saying

4.33 Average Rating
Definitely visit! Macalester has a very definite atmosphere, and it's difficult to imagine yourself as a student there without having physically been there.
Rowan from Finlayson, MN
Visit the school, and stay overnight as a prospective student (or pf). I never did and I went into the school not knowing anything what the student or dorm life was like. I've hosted pf's and shown them around and can tell you that spending a night and meeting students gives you a very good impression of what the social life at Mac here is like.
Joseph from Spring Park, MN
Make sure to look at schools in the area! If Macalester isn't for you, there are dozens of great, small schools in the Twin cities area that might just work.
Savannah from Tucson, AZ
Visit and stay overnight with a current student! Talk to us and ask us why we chose this school. We have students from all around the world, so you can here a variety of opinions.
Carolyn from Germantown, WI
Take advantage of the Twin Cities! They are full of amazing opportunities to apply your learning. Find work that excites you and use your education to compliment that work.
Sarah
make sure that your essays are top notch.
McKinley from Sandstone, MN
Interview! I didn't, and I believe it hurt my admission chances (I was originally wait listed). It'll also force you to go to campus and visit which I highly recommend. Campus is pretty all year round, and the tour guides really help you understand Mac life.
Anne T.
I never spent a night or saw a dorm, so I guess I'm not the best judge of that. However, don't judge a school based solely on their facilities. While important, (and very nice) nicer buildings don't equal nicer people or a better education, or even better opportunities. Keep that in mind! You should feel a connection to the school you choose, and don't let anyone influence your better judgment! It is your education, not your parents'.
Marijo from Mahtomedi, MN
Visit, visit, visit! Get to know the Twin Cities area so that you can use it to your advantage once you are on campus. Stay overnight if you can and take time to feel the vibe of this neat school.
Inga from Bemidji, MN
Macalester is very challenging, something that not everyone is expecting coming in. I thought that I would be very well prepared, and while I have done well, I have worked harder than I ever would thought I would. But it has definitely been worth it! And even so, with such a small student body, you'll find time for fun and deep friendships.
Sarah