Saint Paul, Minnesota

Macalester College Admission Requirements

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, 2,394 out of 5,900 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 8 percent. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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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 700
SAT Math 25th 660
SAT Composite 25th 1360
SAT Scores for Macalester College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 750
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1510
Average SAT Score 1440

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

Macalester College typically requires applicants to be in the top 7 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1360 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 1280. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1440 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in Minnesota for highest average SAT composite score. 45 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
1510 and Above Good >54%
1435 to 1510 Avg + 41%-54%
1360 to 1435 Avg - 29%-41%
1285 to 1360 Reach 19%-29%
Less than 1285 Low <19%
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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 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 31
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 30

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 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 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 66 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
32 and Above Good >59%
30 to 32 Avg + 41%-59%
29 to 30 Avg - 33%-41%
28 to 29 Reach 26%-33%
Less than 28 Low <26%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

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%

Admission Statistics

Macalester College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,521 2,379 5,900
Accepted 1,516 878 2,394
Acceptance Rate 43% 37% 41%
Enrolled 339 204 543
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 23% 23%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2019
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were 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.