Macalester College Admission Requirements

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Chances of getting into Macalester College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Macalester College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into Macalester College and can I get accepted? The school has a 41% acceptance rate ranking it #3 in Minnesota for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,468 out of 5,985 applicants were admitted making Macalester College a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 10 percent. Macalester College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Can you get in?

Find out which students are getting accepted at Macalester College, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.

Sponsored by Cappex

Macalester College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Macalester College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 660
SAT Composite 25th 1310
SAT Scores for Macalester College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1500
Average SAT Score 1410

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Macalester College?

Macalester College typically requires applicants to be in the top 11 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1310 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1210. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1410 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in Minnesota for highest average SAT composite score. 52 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Macalester College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1500 and Above Good >54%
1405 to 1500 Avg + 41%-54%
1310 to 1405 Avg - 29%-41%
1215 to 1310 Reach 19%-29%
Less than 1215 Low <19%
Calculate My Chances 

Macalester College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Macalester College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 29
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 29
ACT Scores for Macalester College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 31

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Macalester College?

Admission data indicates that Macalester College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 29 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 9 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 27 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 31 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Minnesota for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 61 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Macalester College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Macalester College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >54%
31 to 33 Avg + 41%-54%
29 to 31 Avg - 29%-41%
27 to 29 Reach 19%-29%
Less than 27 Low <19%
Calculate My Chances 

Macalester College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Macalester College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Macalester College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Macalester College was 3.81 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in Minnesota for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Macalester College will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.81 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

High School Class Rank

65% of Macalester College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Macalester College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 65%
Top 25% of class 90%
Top 50% of class 99%
Bottom 50% of class 1%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Macalester College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,542 2,443 5,985
Accepted 1,488 980 2,468
Acceptance Rate 42% 40% 41%
Enrolled 345 276 621
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 28% 25%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Macalester College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Macalester College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Neither required nor recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Macalester College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
Carleton College

Northfield, Minnesota

Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa

Lawrence University

Appleton, Wisconsin

Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

Terre Haute, Indiana

Oberlin College

Oberlin, Ohio

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, Ohio

Kenyon College

Gambier, Ohio

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=173902 IPEDS survey data for Macalester College.


Does Macalester College prefer SAT or ACT?

52% of students submit their SAT scores to Macalester College. 61% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Macalester College?

41% of those who apply are granted admission to Macalester College. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Macalester College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1310 and 1500. 52% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Macalester College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 29 and 33. 61% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

More Minnesota Colleges

Search All