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Macalester College Admission Requirements

Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Chances of getting into Macalester College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
32.3%
Admission Difficulty for Macalester College
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Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into Macalester College and can I get accepted? The school has a 32% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in Minnesota for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,129 out of 6,598 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 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 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Macalester College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1320-1510
Applicants Submitting SAT
52%
SAT Scores for Macalester College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 660
SAT Math 25th 660
SAT Composite 25th 1320
SAT Scores for Macalester College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 740
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1510
Average SAT Score 1420

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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 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. 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 2019 starting class

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 >44%
1415 to 1510 Avg + 32%-44%
1320 to 1415 Avg - 22%-32%
1225 to 1320 Reach 14%-22%
Less than 1225 Low <14%
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Macalester College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
29-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
61%
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 32
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 2019 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 >44%
31 to 33 Avg + 32%-44%
29 to 31 Avg - 22%-32%
27 to 29 Reach 14%-22%
Less than 27 Low <14%
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Macalester College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.81*
Typical High School Grades
A-

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.

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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

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Admission Statistics

Macalester College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,963 2,635 6,598
Accepted 1,286 843 2,129
Acceptance Rate 32% 32% 32%
Enrolled 285 217 502
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 26% 24%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2021.

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

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

FAQs

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?

32% of those who apply are granted admission to Macalester College. Admission competition is high 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 1320 and 1510. 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.