Macalester College Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Macalester College
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 ten percent of their high school class.
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Macalester College SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT52%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||650|
|SAT Math 25th||660|
|SAT Composite 25th||1310|
|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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|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%|
Macalester College ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT61%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||29|
|ACT Math 25th||27|
|ACT Composite 25th||29|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.81*
Typical High School GradesA-
You will need 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.
65% of Macalester College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||23%||28%||25%|
Applications were DueJan 15, 2020
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2020.
What are the requirements for admission to Macalester College and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Neither required nor recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
52% of students submit their SAT scores to Macalester College. 61% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.