A Macalester education surrounds students with rigorous academics, unparalleled support, and invaluable opportunities to connect with the world. Join a community of life-long learners who will challenge the status quo and translate ideas into action. Macalester offers admission for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and international students who have completed one or more semesters as a full-time college student following high school graduation.

New or unique undergraduate programs
Along with 39 majors and 40 minors, Macalester offers 10 concentrations which combine twenty-four to thirty-two course credits from various areas of study. An Individually Designed Interdepartmental major is another option in which students design their own academic program with the help of faculty advisors

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Student profile

2,049 Undergraduate students
38% Students of color or Native American students
57% Female students
1% Transfer students 
99% Students under 25

Credit transfer

Individual course-by-course evaluation; Macalester accepts no more than the equivalent of two years (64 credit hours) from courses earned at a college or university prior to matriculation at Macalester and subsequent to graduation from high school. In order to receive a Macalester degree, you must complete two full years of coursework (64 credit hours) at Macalester. Learn more about transferring credit to Macalester.

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Block transfer accepted


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Application deadlines
Fall term: April 15

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Each admitted student receives a financial aid package that meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for financial aid. Two out of three Macalester students receive need-based financial assistance.

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