Macalester College Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Macalester College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionHigh

Can I get into Macalester College? The school has a 37% acceptance rate. Last year, 2,206 out of 5,946 applicants were admitted making Macalester College a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 10 percent. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Macalester College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1320
SAT Scores for Macalester College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1520
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 10 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1320 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 1220. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1420 out of 1600. 49 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Macalester College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1520 and Above Good >50%
1420 to 1520 Avg + 37%-50%
1320 to 1420 Avg - 26%-37%
1220 to 1320 Reach 17%-26%
Less than 1220 Low <17%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Macalester College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 30
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 32
ACT Composite 75th 33
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. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 63 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Macalester College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Macalester College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >50%
31 to 33 Avg + 37%-50%
29 to 31 Avg - 26%-37%
27 to 29 Reach 17%-26%
Less than 27 Low <17%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Macalester College has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

Admission Statistics

Macalester College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,596 2,350 5,946
Accepted 1,359 847 2,206
Acceptance Rate 38% 36% 37%
Enrolled 294 212 506
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 25% 23%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2019
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 31 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Macalester College and what considerations affect 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

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