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About Macalester College

Macalester College is one of very few selective liberal arts colleges located centrally in a major metropolitan area. Students live out the college mission of academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society by embracing interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving. Academic, social, spiritual, community, and professional endeavors are all amplified by Macalester’s location in the Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Macalester students come from more than 90 countries and all 50 states. They are curious, highly motivated, serious about their academics, and supportive of each other; more likely to work together for collective academic success than for competition.

Macalester College is a private, nonprofit school that was founded in 1874. It is very difficult to get into Macalester College. Macalester College enrolls 2,049 undergrads and no graduate students.

Macalester College offers early action and offers early decision.

Macalester College Acceptance Rate 2021

Around 39% of applicants get into Macalester College each year. 6% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Macalester College. Out of 6,373 applications received in 2021, 2,466 students were offered admission .

Macalester College Application Deadlines

Macalester College's regular decision application deadline is January 31. All regular decision applicants will receive an admissions decision by March 31.

Early Admissions at Macalester College

Macalester College offers early decision. Macalester College offers early action.

Mark Your Calendar! The EA deadline is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 39%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 6%
Mean ACT score 30
Mean SAT score 1356
Tuition $60,288

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to Macalester College.

Financial Aid at Macalester College

Macalester College meets 99% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $57,297 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Dorms at Macalester College

Macalester College offers housing for up to 1,300 students.

The majority of Macalester College students live on campus.

The most popular organizations for Macalester College students to join are Program Board, WMCN - Macalester College Radio and The Mac Weekly. Winter Ball, Springfest, and and Founders Day are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Macalester College.

GPA and Test Scores for Macalester College

Macalester College is considered very difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities , recommendations and essays. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Macalester College is 1356. The mean ACT scores is 30.

Is Macalester College Test Optional?

Macalester College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 59% submitted the SAT. 57% submitted the ACT.

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Macalester College Waitlist 2021

In 2021, 760 applicants were waitlisted and 112 students were ultimately offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Macalester College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Macalester College

About 90% of students who start at Macalester College return for their second year of college. Out of the 541 students who started at Macalester College as first-time freshman, 475 graduate within four years.

Around 93% of students who started at Macalester College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $24,578 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Macalester College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Macalester College a good school for you?

How Big is the Endowment for Macalester College?

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $697,240,409. For each full-time student, Macalester College spends about $22,586.

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Where is Macalester College Located?

Macalester College is located in the urban setting of St. Paul, Minnesota .

If you want to see Macalester College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 94 to St. Paul, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Macalester College and St. Paul are like without leaving home.

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College Info

Macalester College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Macalester College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Macalester College is Apr 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Macalester College ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Macalester College is 30. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Macalester College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 29 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 29 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Macalester College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1290 - 1430


Math SAT Range

640 - 730


Reading SAT Range

640 - 720

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1430 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Macalester College students is 1356. Applicants with SAT scores of 1430 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Macalester College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1290 to 1430 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1290 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Macalester College.

Macalester College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Macalester College is like? There are approximately 2,049 students enrolled at Macalester College. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 19% percent are from MN and 81% percent of students are from other states.


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