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Macalester College

St. Paul, MN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate28%

About Macalester College

Macalester College is one of very few selective liberal arts and sciences colleges located in the heart of a major metropolitan area. Students at Mac live out the college mission of academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society by embracing interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving. They are curious, highly motivated, serious about their academic pursuits, and supportive of each other being more likely to work together for collective academic success than to compete.  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 95 countries and all 50 states. More than 60% of students study abroad for 15 weeks or more, providing time for substantial experience and learning in another culture. The United Nations flag has flown over campus since 1950, a symbol of Macalester's commitment to world peace and understanding. Contributing to long-lasting friendships and a sense of community, there are over 100 student organizations available, which reflect the diverse interests of our students. Macalester has 19 varsity athletic teams as well as club and intramural sports. Most varsity teams compete in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.  Every Macalester student takes a First Year Course (FYC) in their first semester. Seminar-style FYCs are limited to 16 students and the professor is the academic advisor for each student in the class. FYCs set the stage for an academic journey based on small classes, individual attention, and collaboration.

Macalester College is a private, nonprofit college in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota. Macalester College was founded in 1874 and enrolls 2,175 undergrads and no graduate students.

Macalester College Acceptance Rate 2022

It is very difficult to get into Macalester College. In 2022, Macalester College accepted 28% of applicants. In 2022, 8,434 students applied to Macalester College and 2,397 were admitted.

Macalester College Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 28%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 53%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 43%
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 43%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 33%

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

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Macalester College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Macalester College is Apr 1.

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Macalester College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1350 - 1490


Math SAT Range

670 - 750


Reading SAT Range

670 - 750

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